Moldovan Ambassador Presents Credentials

On 25 July H.E. Mr. Victor Osipov, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Moldova to the International Organizations in Vienna, presented his credentials to Mr. Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA.

The Republic of Moldova ratified the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization in February 2012.

Austrian Permanent Representative Presents Credentials

On 19 July H.E. Ambassador Johann Brieger presented his credentials to Mr. Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA, as Permanent Representative of the Republic of Austria to the Organization.

Austria ratified the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization in December 2010. The Republic of Austria is also one of the initiating partners of IACA, along with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), INTERPOL, the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), and other stakeholders.

Fighting Corruption at Local Level

Municipal corruption fighters from a dozen countries around the world were on campus last week for IACA’s fourth annual Anti-Corruption in Local Governance Training.

The five-day programme featured internationally renowned professors and practitioners – such as R. MacLean-Abaroa (Harvard University), J. Maesschalck (Leuven Institute of Criminology), and A. Vasilache, local government anti-corruption expert - from Belgium, Bolivia, Romania, and the United States of America.

Participants discussed anti-corruption methodologies and reforms at local level, ethical dilemmas, organizational integrity, and other topics. Additional highlights included a case study on fighting corruption in La Paz, Bolivia, and a study visit to Vienna city hall.

Anti-Corruption in Local Governance Training aims to give participants an in-depth understanding of the types and mechanisms of corruption in local government and enhance their capacity to strengthen integrity systems.

It is designed for, among others, local politicians, municipal leaders, regional government administrators, officials from anti-corruption agencies, experts from ombudsman offices and local anti-corruption organizations, and governance specialists from development organizations.

Last week’s participants are now members of the IACA alumni network, consisting of anti-corruption and compliance professionals in some 150 countries.

IACA and EHFCN Sign Letter of Understanding

IACA and the European Healthcare Fraud and Corruption Network (EHFCN), a not-for-profit organization based in Belgium, signed a Letter of Understanding on Wednesday that paves the way for closer mutual cooperation in the field of anti-corruption.

This could take the form of, for example, knowledge and expertise exchange, the provision of education and training, and other activities related to preventing and fighting corruption.

In November 2016 IACA delivered a two-part webinar for EHFCN officials. This consisted of a pre-recorded presentation on “The International Anti-Corruption Agenda - a Propaedeutic Course on History, Data, and Facts”, followed by a live question-and-answer session.

EHFCN was founded in 2005. Its members are healthcare and counter fraud organizations from across Europe. The main aim of EHFCN is to work with its member organizations to counter fraud, corruption, and waste and to support them in their work of prevention, detection, investigation, prosecution, and redress.

IACA Dean Meets Kazakh Foreign Minister

Mr. Martin Kreutner, IACA’s Dean and Executive Secretary, met H.E. Mr. Kairat Abdrakhmanov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, on Monday to discuss possibilities for further strengthening cooperation.

The Minister welcomed the close and long-standing ties between IACA and Kazakhstan and received an update on current and upcoming activities at the Academy, including preparations for the sixth session of the organization’s Assembly of Parties in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, from 2 to 4 October 2017.

Also taking place in early October will be IACA’s second tailor-made training for anti-corruption and compliance practitioners from Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) Member States – Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and the Russian Federation – with renowned lecturers from all over the world.

H.E. Mr. Abdrakhmanov gave a short briefing on Kazakhstan’s current international initiatives and its work in bodies such as the United Nations Security Council, of which the country is currently a non-permanent member. The following day (11 July) he attended the OSCE’s Informal Ministerial Meeting in Mauerbach, Austria.

From 2011 to 2013 H.E. Mr. Abdrakhmanov was Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Kazakhstan to the International Organizations in Vienna. Kazakhstan acceded to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization in December 2013.

International Academic Advisory Board Meets

IACA’s International Academic Advisory Board (IAAB) met in Laxenburg last week to discuss the organization’s current and upcoming programmes and trainings and provide input on the academic elements of the draft Work Programme for 2017 to 2020.

During the two-day gathering on 5 and 6 July, the Board shared its thoughts on and discussed in detail the academic framework of IACA’s future PhD programme in anti-corruption studies, which is being introduced with a small initial enrolment. The Academy’s programmes and their final diplomas, including a PhD, are recognized in line with the (EU's) “Bologna Process".

IAAB members also received an update on recent programmes and activities, including in-class sessions of the Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) at IACA and in Tbilisi, Georgia, as well as numerous tailor-made trainings.

The IAAB, chaired by Professor Hans-Heiner Kühne from the University of Trier, serves as an advisory function in view of education, training, and research. It currently consists of ten internationally renowned academics and practitioners.

Open Day for the Laxenburg Community

IACA opened its doors to the Laxenburg community last week to give local residents an insight into the organization’s work, its historic campus, and the international atmosphere of the 2017 Summer Academy.

The festive Open Day (“Tag der Offenen Tür” in German) began with guided tours of Palais Kaunitz-Wittgenstein, which has been IACA’s home since 2011. During its long history the building previously served among other things as an aristocratic residence, military hospital, and girls’ school.

Some of the visitors had themselves studied here as girls and were happy to see how the building had been modernized and adapted to the needs of an international organization.

Following the tours the guests were formally welcomed by Mr. Martin Kreutner, IACA’s Dean and Executive Secretary, and Mr. Robert Dienst, the mayor of Laxenburg, with Mr. Kreutner giving a brief introduction to the Academy’s work. The police band of Lower Austria provided a musical accompaniment to the proceedings.

Many residents stayed for the opening ceremony of the IACA Summer Academy, which this year has brought anti-corruption and compliance professionals from around 40 countries to Laxenburg.

The Open Day generated extremely positive feedback from the local population. IACA looks forward to other similar activities in the future and would like to thank Mayor Dienst, the municipality, and Laxenburg’s residents for their support and participation in such an enjoyable afternoon.

“Best Of” Seminar with Drago Kos

Drago Kos, Chair of the OECD Working Group on Bribery and a member of IACA’s frequent visiting faculty, led the seventh in the “Best Of” seminar series at the Academy on 4 and 5 July.

The two-day programme covered a range of issues, including the roles of anti-corruption agencies, the private sector, civil society, and individuals in fighting corruption. Participants also discussed the struggle against corruption in conflict and post-conflict states, and took part in a practical exercise.

IACA’s “Best Of” seminars are delivered by preeminent anti-corruption experts for professionals wanting to improve the design, management, and sustainability of their anti-corruption efforts.

Previous editions have featured Professors Johann Graf Lambsdorff (University of Passau), Michael Johnston (IACA and Colgate University), Robert Klitgaard (Claremont Graduate University), Bo Rothstein (Oxford University), Susan Rose-Ackerman (Yale University), and Luis Moreno Ocampo (former Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court).

More information about these seminars is available here. To read a recent IACA interview with Drago Kos, please click here.

IACA Delivers Collective Action Workshop in Bolivia

IACA recently developed and delivered a workshop in La Paz, Bolivia on the theme of collective action in the fight against corruption, organized in partnership with the Ministry of Justice and Institutional Transparency of Bolivia and the University of San Andres (Argentina).

The one-day event on 20 June attracted about 100 participants from government Transparency Units, the private sector, and civil society. Discussions focused on prospects for fighting corruption in Bolivia through successful collective action initiatives, especially within the framework of the current process of strengthening Transparency Units.

These units are special offices within public institutions and public enterprises that are in charge of preventing and investigating alleged corruption cases. There are more than 300 such bodies in Bolivia.

Speakers included Martin Zapata, a member of the academic team in IACA’s Compliance and Collective Action Department, Mr. Gonzalo Trigoso, Bolivia’s Vice-Minister of Transparency and the Fight Against Corruption, Mr. Ricardo Cespedes, Director General of this ministry, and Fernando Basch, a researcher and lecturer at the University of San Andres.

Involving the private sector in the fight against corruption was also a prominent theme at the workshop. In this regard IACA is currently accepting applications for its new International Master in Anti-Corruption Compliance and Collective Action (IMACC), the first master’s programme specially designed for professionals involved with the business sector in these fields.

IACA’s Sixth Assembly of Parties to Convene in Egypt in October

IACA and the Arab Republic of Egypt signed a Host Country Agreement on Friday that paves the way for the sixth session of the organization’s Assembly of Parties (AoP) to convene in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, from 2 to 4 October 2017.

The signing, by H.E. Mr. Omar Amer Youssef, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Arab Republic of Egypt to the International Organizations in Vienna, and Mr. Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA, took place at the latest meeting of the Extended Bureau of the fifth session of the AoP, chaired by Argentina holding the Presidency thereon.

The Extended Bureau comprises members of the Bureau of the fifth session and countries representing the chairs of the five UN Regional Groups.

The Assembly serves as a forum for Parties to consult on the overall policy of the Academy and on other matters of interest under the IACA Agreement. It meets at least once a year, most recently in Vienna in November 2016.

This will be the third time that the Assembly has convened outside the Republic of Austria, IACA’s host country, following previous sessions in Bangkok, Thailand (2013) and Baku, Azerbaijan (2014).

Seventh IACA Summer Academy Opens

Anti-corruption and compliance professionals from around 40 countries arrived in Laxenburg/Vienna on Friday for the start of the seventh annual IACA Summer Academy. They come from all regions of the world and work in the public and private sectors, international and non-governmental organizations, the media, and academia.

The intensive eight-day programme runs until 7 July and approaches corruption from multiple perspectives, including ethics, psychology, law, economics, and other disciplines. Throughout the week participants will discuss and debate with expert lecturers from, among others, the United States of America, Hong Kong (China), Kuwait, South Africa, the Netherlands, the Republic of Korea, and Slovenia.

Further highlights include a teambuilding exercise, an interactive round table discussion on the media and corruption, and excursions to Vienna and the Wachau region of Austria.

In keeping with the overall theme of “Practice meets Science”, the Summer Academy aims to refresh and reinforce professionals’ anti-corruption knowledge, sharpen their practical skills, and bring them valuable new contacts.

Participants will enjoy additional networking opportunities during the 4th IACA Alumni Reunion, which takes place on campus on 6 and 7 July. At the end of the Summer Academy they too will join IACA’s alumni network of anti-corruption and compliance professionals from more than 150 countries and jurisdictions.

Among other trainings at IACA this month are a “Best Of” seminar with Drago Kos, the Chair of the OECD Working Group on Bribery (4 and 5 July), and the fourth Anti-Corruption in Local Governance Training (10 to 14 July). In addition, the 2016 - 2018 Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) students return to IACA in late July for the in-class part of their current module.

IACA’s website and social media channels will carry regular updates on all these activities.

Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime - Register Now

IACA is once again supporting and partnering with the Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime, the 35th edition of which will take place from 3 to 10 September 2017 at Jesus College, University of Cambridge.

The theme of this year’s gathering is “Preventing and Controlling Economic Crime in the Modern World – whose responsibility and are they really up to it?”

IACA also supported this non-profit event in each of the previous four years, along with many other academic institutions and government and non-government agencies.

Some 1,800 participants from more than 90 countries are expected to attend, from fields including policy-making, law enforcement, compliance, regulation, business, and professional services.

The symposium aims to offer in-depth analysis of threats to institutions and economies presented by economically motivated crime and misconduct, and to suggest and help to develop better practices to counter these challenges.

The registration deadline is 18 August. For more detailed information, including a full programme, please click here.

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