MACS Class of 2016-2018 Back on Campus

Students from the 2016-2018 Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) programme were back on the IACA campus from 16 to 27 October 2017 for the in-class phase of Module V on Corruption, Compliance and the Private Sector.

In addition to corruption and compliance in the private sector, this module covers good corporate governance, criminal liability of companies and settlements in corruption cases, effective compliance programmes, and internal investigations. Lecturers are Mikhail Reider-Gordon (US), Tina Søreide (Norway) and Ramakrishna Velamuri (India).

The programme also included a study visit to the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and an interactive teleconference with Richard Bistrong (US), anti-bribery and compliance expert of Front-Line Anti-Bribery LLC.

In addition to the MACS 2016 – 2018 class comprising students from 17 countries, IACA was pleased to welcome two IACA alumni who attended this session as an Open Module.

The MACS is a two-year programme consisting of seven modules, each of which included a 10-day in-class session, and a master’s thesis. It is specifically designed for working professionals.

IACA is welcoming applications for the 2018 – 2020 MACS class starting in October 2018. For more information and to apply, please click here.

6th Annual Anti-Bribery & Corruption Forum: Register Now

IACA is pleased to be supporting the 6th Annual Anti-Bribery & Corruption Forum, an international gathering of experts and practitioners taking place on 21 and 22 November in London. For more information and to register, please click here.

Representatives from business, law firms, regulatory bodies, and government will examine the latest international and local regulatory and law enforcement strategies in the field of anti-bribery and corruption, as well as best compliance practices.

Besides IACA, organizations represented at the forum will include, among others, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO), Transparency International, the UK Cabinet Office and Serious Fraud Office, the US Department of Justice, and the new French Anti-Corruption Agency, as well as numerous multinational companies and financial institutions.

Among the many topics to be covered are the anti-corruption efforts of the G20/B20, OECD, US, EU, UK, and France, how companies can protect themselves from bribery and corruption risks, whistle-blowing, individual vs. corporate misconduct, new ISO Anti-Bribery Standards, the changing landscape for gifts and hospitality, rising standards for third-party risk management, and the UK Criminal Finances Act 2017.

Please visit the AMLP Forum website for further details.

Tailor-made Training for Graña y Montero

IACA last week delivered a customized tailor-made training in Lima for directors and senior executives of Peruvian company Graña y Montero, having been invited by the firm’s new senior management to help improve its compliance management system.

Together with regional and international lecturers, participants discussed themes such as preventing and mitigating fraud and corruption, the prosecutor’s perspective, attacking corruption in infrastructure, and best practices in corporate compliance.

The training ran from 11 to 13 October and concluded with a round-table discussion on corporate governance and compliance in the Peruvian context, which was also attended by representatives of the business, public, civil society, and academic sectors.

Panellists covered topics such as compliance strategies and roles of different sectors, international good practices of compliance, the current framework in Peru and the region, and upcoming challenges in the fight against corruption.

Tailor-made trainings are IACA’s customized programmes for specific organizations, corporations, or institutions, addressing the unique challenges that each one faces in preventing and fighting corruption.

The Academy has delivered several such trainings in 2017, and more are scheduled for the coming months. For more information, click here.

Second Tailor-made Training for EAEU Practitioners

Anti-corruption and compliance professionals from Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) Member States attended a tailor-made training at IACA’s campus in Laxenburg earlier this week.

The three-day programme, designed to build a common knowledge base and further strengthen regional capacities to effectively prevent and combat corruption, was co-sponsored by the Russian Federation. It was the second training of its kind for EAEU Member State representatives, following a previous session in May 2016. To read about last year’s training, click here.

eaeu news 3 updatedParticipants came from diverse backgrounds including the public and private sectors, civil society, international organizations, NGOs, and academia. They discussed topics such as international efforts to curb corruption, modern challenges and trends in combating corruption, public-private partnerships, public procurement, conflicts of interest, anti-money laundering, and combating the financing of terrorism. The programme also included a study visit to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

External lecturers included Alexey Konov (director of the Anti-Corruption Research and Education Center of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration), Drago Kos (Chair of the OECD Working Group on Bribery), Samira Musayeva (UNCITRAL), and Andrew Pepper-Parsons (Head of Policy, Public Concern at Work). IACA faculty members Han-Kyun Rho and Eduard Ivanov also lectured.

eaeu news 1 2 updatedTailor-made trainings are IACA’s customized programmes for specific organizations, corporations, or institutions, addressing the unique challenges that each one faces in preventing and fighting corruption. The Academy has delivered several such trainings in 2017, and more are scheduled for the coming months.

For more information on the Academy’s tailor-made training programmes, click here.

Sixth Assembly of Parties Draws to a Successful Close

The sixth session of IACA’s Assembly of Parties reached a successful conclusion in Sharm El Sheikh, Arab Republic of Egypt on Wednesday with the unanimous adoption of seven resolutions, including the organization’s new Work Programme 2017 – 2020.

AoP 2 Copy minThroughout the three-day gathering, representatives voiced their strong support for IACA and underlined the importance of its global work in anti-corruption education, research, capacity-building, networking, and cooperation, referring, inter alia, to the broad international, regional, and national recognition IACA has received over the years.

They provided positive feedback on the quality and relevance of IACA’s programmes and activities, in particular the Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS), and welcomed the new International Master in Anti-Corruption Compliance and Collective Action(IMACC) and PhD programme.

AoP 4Numerous representatives noted with appreciation IACA’s new fee discount scheme for passport holders of the organization’s Parties and for registered alumni.

Member States broadly commended IACA for its achievements and global recognition in spite of the Academy’s limited resources, underscored the necessity of a suitably well-funded general budget, and indicated desires for increased cooperation.

Representatives also thanked the Member States’ Bureau, the Board of Governors, the Dean, the two Advisory Boards, the Independent External Audit, and all IACA staff for their commitment and achievements amid financial and human resource constraints.

The President of the session, H.E. Mr. Omar Amer Youssef, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Arab Republic of Egypt to the International Organizations in Vienna (African Group), concluded proceedings by expressing his appreciation for the successful outcome of the Assembly.

“I am confident that our deliberations and the adoption of the resolutions will positively contribute to strengthening the Academy’s future work and objectives,” H.E. Mr. Youssef said.

AoP 5 Copy minThe adopted resolutions, speeches and other documents from the sixth session will be published here in the coming days.

Assembly of Parties: Update from Sharm El Sheikh

IACA’s sixth Assembly of Parties continued in Sharm El Sheikh on Tuesday with further deliberations among Member States, updates from IACA’s organs, national statements from high-level representatives, and two side events organized by the Administrative Control Authority of the Arab Republic of Egypt.

The newly elected President of the session, H.E. Mr. Omar Amer Youssef, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Arab Republic of Egypt to the International Organizations in Vienna (African Group), recalled that the Egyptian Prime Minister, H.E. Sherif Ismail, had granted his auspices for the hosting of this session “as a reflection of Egypt’s highest commitment to all international efforts against corruption and its appreciation, in particular, of the work of IACA”.

as6 news 2 DSC 0086“It is a great pleasure to represent Egypt in heading the sixth session, and I am confident that participants here will cooperate fruitfully to make this important conference a success,” H.E. Mr. Youssef said.

IACA’s Dean and the Executive Secretary to the Assembly of Parties, Mr. Martin Kreutner, and the Chairperson of the IACA Board of Governors, Mr. Eduardo Vetere, both expressed their gratitude to the Arab Republic of Egypt for generously hosting the session and extended a warm welcome to the more than 40 delegations from around the world.

Speaking on Monday afternoon, Mr. Kreutner highlighted some of IACA’s activities and achievements since the fifth session of the Assembly in Vienna in November 2016. These included, among many others, the start of the fifth Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) class on that very day, 2 October, and the upcoming IACA Regional Summer Academy - Middle East that will take place this December in Kuwait City.

The Executive Secretary also announced that IACA is formally launching its new PhD programme – the first international PhD in anti-corruption studies – with a small number of students to be enrolled by the end of 2017.

Mr. Kreutner stressed, however, that IACA cannot meet ever rising expectations with the means currently at its disposal and urged the Assembly to take tangible financial as well as political ownership of the organization, mentioning in this regard IACA’s new fee discount scheme for passport holders from Parties and for registered Alumni.

Referring to Article XI of the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization, the Executive Secretary said financial contributions to IACA – as opposed to donations – would enable a greater degree of budget planning. In this context he shared with Member States the idea of considering an Additional Protocol to the IACA Agreement that would allow for willing Member States to further describe and define their commitments.

as6 news 3 DSC 0073In his report to the Assembly, Mr. Vetere said it had been a highly intensive and productive year for the Board of Governors, with three meetings including one immediately prior to this sixth session. He added that the Board had continued working on the draft of IACA’s next Work Programme until Tuesday morning in order to take into account and reflect, to the extent possible, the comments and suggestions made by Parties.

Mr. Vetere praised the leadership of the Dean and Executive Secretary and the efforts of IACA’s staff, and highlighted other achievements such as the further growth of the Academy’s alumni network to cover about 150 countries, and record demand for its customized “tailor-made” trainings.

However, the Chairperson emphasized that the new Work Programme cannot be fully implemented with IACA’s current level of human and financial resources, and in particular the huge shortfall in its general budget allocations. Ensuring financial ownership and participation among Parties and other stakeholders, stability of financial resources, and sustainability is therefore crucial to IACA’s future, he said.

Mr. Vetere also recalled the findings of IACA’s Independent External Audit for the budget year 2016, which concluded that the organization has sound financial management, that no misstatement of accounts or embezzlement was observed, and that the statements were prepared and expenses incurred in accordance with relevant rules, standards, and regulations.

At its meeting prior to this session, the Board appointed a senior auditor, director’s rank, from the Office of the Auditor General of Thailand, as one of the three independent external auditors.

as6 news 4 Group Picture CopyAlso on Tuesday, the Administrative Control Authority of the Arab Republic of Egypt organized separate side events on “Reviewing Egypt’s Efforts in Executing the National Anti-Corruption Strategy 2014-2018” and “The Role of Development and Organization in Preventing and Fighting Corruption”.

Speeches and other documents from this sixth session, which runs until 4 October, will be made available for download here.

IACA’s Sixth Assembly of Parties Opens

National and institutional delegations from all regions of the world gathered yesterday in Sharm El Sheikh, Arab Republic of Egypt, for the start of the sixth session of IACA’s Assembly of Parties.

In his welcome address to delegates, H.E. Mr. Mohammed Erfan, Minister and Chairman of the Administrative Control Authority of the Arab Republic of Egypt, said his country was honoured to host the Assembly. The opening ceremony was preceded by the signing of a memorandum of understanding between IACA and the Administrative Control Authority that sets the framework for further mutual cooperation in preventing and fighting corruption.

“Egypt would like to express its appreciation of IACA’s work in spreading good anti-corruption practices and success stories among Member States, and pledges its cooperation in enhancing support for the organization,” H.E. Mr. Erfan said.

as6 open news DSC 0012 webThe outgoing President of the Assembly, H.E. Mr. Rafael Grossi, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Argentine Republic to the International Organizations in Vienna (GRULAC), then handed over to his successor, H.E. Mr. Omar Amer Youssef, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Arab Republic of Egypt to the International Organizations in Vienna (African Group), and wished the new President every success.

“It has been a great honour to serve IACA and the anti-corruption community for the last year. While much has been achieved, more remains to be done. Let’s continue the good work. I know I pass the baton to a safe pair of hands,” H.E. Mr. Grossi concluded.

The three-day session, which runs until 4 October, is discussing IACA’s overall objectives and strategy and deliberating on a range of items including, among others, the organization’s next Work Programme and budget.

IACA will post updates on its website and social media channels, and speeches will be made available for download here.

The New IACA Mobile App

IACA has launched a new app for your smartphone or tablet, making it easier to get the latest news, read about our upcoming programmes, and much more. The novel IACA app will be formally presented at the organization’s Assembly of Parties next week.

In addition, delegates and participants coming to IACA will find practical information about the Academy’s Laxenburg campus.

IACA and the Slovak Republic Plan Further Anti-Corruption Activities

IACA and the Slovak Republic, represented by its Prime Minister, Mr. Robert Fico, today signed a Letter of Intent that envisages closer cooperation in the areas of anti-corruption and compliance.

The two sides agreed to develop and implement joint activities, initially for a three-year period, to further empower anti-corruption and compliance professionals at the national and regional levels.

The Letter of Intent, signed on the occasion of a bilateral visit by Mr. Fico to IACA’s premises in Laxenburg/Vienna, reinforces the existing ties between IACA and the Slovak Republic, which has been a Party to the organization since 2011. The signing follows a meeting in Bratislava this April between Mr. Fico and Mr. Martin Kreutner, IACA’s Dean and Executive Secretary.

“The Government of the Slovak Republic attaches great importance to combating corruption in all its forms in order to deliver a brighter future for its citizens. This Letter of Intent with IACA is a significant further step towards this goal, and we look forward to working with the organization across a range of projects,” Mr. Fico said.

“IACA has had productive ties with the Slovak Republic for many years and very much looks forward to reinforcing these within this additional framework. We intend to engage in a variety of different joint activities, and we are pleased to be combining our efforts in the fight against corruption,” Mr. Kreutner added.

MACS 2018 - 2020: Call for Applications

IACA is now accepting applications for its 2018 – 2020 Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) programme. The class, which starts in October 2018, will be the sixth in the history of this unique course.

The MACS is a two-year, in-career programme that consists of seven modules and a master’s thesis. It is specifically designed for anti-corruption and compliance professionals from around the world who wish to pursue their studies while remaining fully employed.

MACS faculty are drawn from an international who’s who in the fields of anti-corruption and compliance, and the first four classes have included students from 40 countries and jurisdictions from all parts of the globe.

IACA offers a limited number of scholarships for students from Least Developed Countries as defined by the United Nations.

Graduating students receive an internationally recognized MA degree with 120 ECTS credits under the European Bologna process, enabling enrolment into PhD programmes if desired.

The application deadline is 31 May 2018. For more information and to apply, click here.

Botswanan Ambassador Presents Credentials

On 18 September H.E. Dr. Athaliah Lesiba Molokomme, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Botswana to the United Nations Office and other international organizations (Geneva), presented her credentials to Mr. Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA.

Botswana acceded to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization in April 2014.

New Ethics & Compliance Seminar from IACA and the Alliance for Integrity

IACA and the Alliance for Integrity are pleased to announce a new Ethics & Compliance Seminar for Practitioners that will take place at the Academy’s Laxenburg campus on 2 and 3 November. For more information and to apply, please click here.

The intensive two-day programme is designed for participants with relevant professional experience in compliance, institutional integrity, and business ethics. Topics include handling ethical dilemmas, becoming an ethics and compliance leader, institutionalizing integrity through anti-corruption programmes, building effective compliance management systems, and safeguarding organizational image and reputation.

Participants will discuss these and other issues with leading academics and experienced practitioners. Confirmed speakers to date include Diego Martinez (Vialidad Nacional, Argentina), Brigitte Strobel-Shaw (UNODC), Han-Kyun Rho (IACA), and Kirsten Lorscheid (Alliance for Integrity).

Other benefits of the seminar include high-quality peer discussions and access to IACA's alumni network of professionals in about 150 countries.

IACA is offering discounts on the programme fee under its new fee discount scheme for participants from IACA’s Parties and for registered Alumni. Further details are available in the "Fees and Logistics" section here.

The application deadline is 8 October.

The Alliance for Integrity is a business-driven, multi-stakeholder initiative that seeks to promote transparency and integrity in the economic system.

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