Tailor-made Training for EAEU Practitioners - Apply Now

Applications are open for IACA’s second tailor-made training designed for professionals from Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) Member States.

Co-sponsored by the Russian Federation, the programme will run from 2 to 4 October 2017. It aims to build a common knowledge base and strengthen regional capacities to effectively prevent and combat corruption.

Topics will include, among others, international anti-corruption legal measures, the region’s experience in combating corruption, collective action, public procurement, and public-private partnerships.

The training is open to anti-corruption and compliance practitioners who are citizens of EAEU Member States (Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and the Russian Federation) and are proficient in both English and Russian.

The deadline for applications is 6 June. The tuition fee, accommodation, meals, and local transportation are covered by the organizers. For more information and to apply, please click here.

IACA delivered its first tailor-made training for EAEU professionals in May 2016 with participation from representatives of the public and private sectors and civil society.

Independent External Auditors at IACA

A collegium of independent senior auditors was at IACA for three days last week for the Independent External Audit of the organization’s financial statements for 2016.

This member state-owned function, which consists – for the budget year 2016 – of auditors from Indonesia, Pakistan, and the Russian Federation, is carrying out the audit in line with the Resolution on the Independent External Audit of IACA.

The external auditors were appointed by the organization’s Board of Governors from senior members of national Supreme Audit Institutions or other suitable institutions of volunteering Parties. All external auditors, operating as a collegial body, act in their personal capacity and enjoy functional and organizational independence in conducting the audit.

Border Security and Management Professionals Visit IACA

A delegation of 50 border security and management professionals from more than 30 participating States of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) visited IACA on Monday as part of the Annual Meeting of the OSCE Border Security and Management National Focal Points Network.

While on campus, the group heard a presentation on the Academy’s work by Mr. Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary, and took part in an interactive Q&A session with senior IACA faculty and staff.

In addition, Mr. Martin Zapata, a Research Associate in IACA’s Compliance and Collective Action department, participated as a guest expert during a working group on countering corruption in border security and management, which took place at the OSCE’s headquarters in Vienna on 28 March.

The annual meeting was organized by the Austrian OSCE Chairmanship and the OSCE’s Transnational Threats Department/Border Security and Management Unit.

Last week IACA delivered a tailor-made training for public officials and OSCE representatives from Albania to help strengthen the anti-corruption capacities of that country’s institutions. IACA signed a memorandum of understanding with the OSCE in 2011 and continues to collaborate closely with the organization.

IACA Mission to Finland

IACA’s Dean and Executive Secretary, Mr. Martin Kreutner, paid a working visit to Helsinki last week for a series of high-level meetings to explore potential avenues of cooperation between Finland and the Academy.

Mr. Kreutner had discussions with Ms. Paula Risikko, Minister of the Interior, and representatives of the Police Department, National Police Board, and National Bureau of Investigation. The visit also included meetings with senior officials from the Ministry of Justice (Department of Criminal Policy and the European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control – HEUNI), Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Department for Development Policy), and the Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK), concerning possible joint activities and other forms of collaboration in anti-corruption and compliance.

Potential areas of cooperation include the sharing of Finnish experiences on anti-corruption with other IACA Parties and partners using the current platforms that IACA provides, as well as developing and organizing training programmes for professionals in Finland and other locations.

During the meetings Mr. Kreutner also shared information on recent institutional developments at IACA, including the new International Master in Anti-Corruption Compliance and Collective Action (IMACC).

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

Tailor-made Training for Public Officials and OSCE Representatives from Albania

Public officials and OSCE representatives from Albania were on campus on 21 and 22 March for an IACA tailor-made training to help strengthen the ability of that country’s institutions to prevent and fight corruption.

The two-day programme focused on transnational cooperation in anti-corruption efforts, policy coordination and monitoring, and the investigation of corruption cases. The lecturers were Andreas Wieselthaler and Verena Wessely from the Austrian Federal Bureau of Anti-Corruption (BAK), Rene Wenk from the Austrian Court of Audit, and Drago Kos, Chair of the OECD Working Group on Bribery and a member of IACA’s frequent visiting faculty. A study visit to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) was also part of the programme.

IACA organized the training for the OSCE Presence in Albania as part of the latter’s project, supported by the Central European Initiative, to strengthen the anti-corruption capacities of Albanian institutions.

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. For more information, please click here.

IACA and GIZ to Co-host Event at the OECD Integrity Forum

IACA and German development agency GIZ will host a joint event on “Anti-Corruption Strategies for Small and Medium Enterprises” at the 2017 OECD Integrity Forum in Paris next week.

The international panel discussion on 31 March will examine the role of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the global fight against corruption. Speakers will address challenges and opportunities for SMEs related to recent ISO compliance and anti-bribery standards, creating a culture of integrity, reducing the vulnerability of SMEs to corruption through their increased participation in public decision-making, and incentivizing the implementation of anti-corruption practices within smaller enterprises.

Panellists are Eduard Ivanov, a member of the academic team in IACA’s Compliance and Collective Action Department, Cristian Ducu, Senior Ethics & Compliance and Sustainability Expert at the Centre for Advanced Research in Management and Applied Ethics, and Chief Editor of Ethics and Compliance Magazine, Romania, Bartosz Makowicz, Director of the Viadrina Compliance Center, European-University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder), and Fadi Saab, Chairman of Trans Capital Finance, Chairman of the Anti-Corruption Committee at ICC-Lebanon, and Senior Advisor to the World SME Forum.

In addition, Miriam Koreen, Head of the SME Division and Deputy Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Local Development and Tourism at the OECD and Carsten Schmitz-Hoffmann, Head of Division, Economic and Social Development, GIZ, will offer comments and critiques on the conversation. The discussion will be moderated by Elena Helmer, Director of IACA's academic programmes.

IACA signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the OECD in July 2014 and continues to collaborate closely with the organization. 

Michael Johnston Joins IACA as a Distinguished Professor

IACA is pleased to announce that Professor Michael Johnston, a global pioneer in anti-corruption research for 40 years, has joined the Academy’s in-house faculty as a Distinguished Professor. Prof. Johnston, the Charles A. Dana Professor of Political Science Emeritus at Colgate University, was a member of IACA’s frequent visiting faculty for several years and lectured in a number of its programmes and trainings, including the Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS).

As well as continuing to teach in the MACS and supervise master’s theses, he will also lecture in this year’s IACA Summer Academy and the fourth Alumni Reunion on 6 and 7 July. Furthermore, Prof. Johnston will support and supervise a small number of students in IACA’s PhD programme and provide general academic advice and support to the Academy.

“We are sincerely delighted to welcome Professor Johnston, a world-leading luminary and longstanding supporter of IACA, in this new role,” said Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary. “Our organization will benefit greatly from his further involvement in our educational activities, while even more anti-corruption and compliance professionals around the world will be inspired by his expertise and passion for empowerment.”

As a leading authority on questions of corruption, democratization, and reform, Prof. Johnston has also served as a senior consultant to organizations such as the World Bank, United Nations, the Organization of American States, and the US Agency for International Development.

He recently spoke with us about his involvement with IACA, his current research, and future trends in anti-corruption studies.

What are you especially looking forward to in this new role?

Michael Johnston: I've always enjoyed my teaching at IACA, as well as supervising theses, but I'm very much looking forward to contributing to programme development. IACA has built up its strength and capacity over the past several years, and now the time is right, both for the organization and in terms of the wider field of anti-corruption work, for IACA to take a step back and assess larger opportunities. The anti-corruption world needs fresh thinking and critical perspectives if it is to move ahead, and I hope to contribute in that respect.

How would you describe your experience of teaching at IACA?

MJ: The teaching has always been demanding but rewarding. The students who enrol in the MACS programme - I always tell them this, but it bears repeating - are the future of the anti-corruption movement. They occupy strategic roles in their home societies and may well become role models for young people coming up within institutions there. The sheer diversity of backgrounds, outlooks, and experience they bring to the table - often from countries that are struggling with development and governance challenges - is tremendously impressive, and is an asset for the programme in its own right.

Which areas of research are you focusing on at the moment?

MJ: My own interests focus more and more on corruption and inequality, both in the developing world and in the more affluent "Influence Market" societies that play leading roles in the global system. Inequality makes it very difficult to combat Influence Market corruption, which typically involves wealthy interests trying to buy influence within strong institutions over specific decisions. And those countries' global influence tends to spread such practices (along with much else, of course) around the world. Corruption, in turn, often entrenches and intensifies inequality.

You’ve been studying corruption for four decades. What do you see as the main growth areas in anti-corruption studies over the next few years?

MJ: This may be a strange way to respond, but the biggest change is that there is a field at all. For the first 20 years or so that I spent working on corruption issues, only a handful of scholars studied it, official and international-organization interest was nil, and few businesses wanted to address the issue. Now we have such tremendous interest and so many opportunities, but the anti-corruption movement tends too much to chase its own tail, developing essentially the same remedies and diagnoses even in widely divergent settings.

The next growth area, I hope, will be in understanding the contrasts among the kinds of corruption problems different societies face, and among the appropriate responses - many of which will be indirect and aimed at long-term change. Preparing the ground for rapid anti-corruption progress, when the opportunities arise, is difficult, frustrating, and lonely work. Perhaps the best thing institutions like IACA can do is to build up and help sustain networks among young professionals around the globe, and to give them a continuing forum in which they can exchange their views and insights.

IACA Summer Academy - Apply by 17 April

The application deadline for the 2017 IACA Summer Academy has been extended to 17 April to accommodate strong demand. Please kindly note that no more scholarships are available.

The intensive annual programme, now in its seventh year, will take place from 30 June to 7 July at IACA’s campus in Laxenburg, Austria.

Confirmed lecturers are leading international academics and practitioners in anti-corruption and compliance, several of whom are members of the Academy’s frequent visiting faculty: Michael Johnston (IACA), Drago Kos (Chair of the OECD Working Group on Bribery), Robert Klitgaard (Claremont Graduate University), Daniel Li (former Deputy Commissioner and Head of Operations at the Hong Kong Independent Commission against Corruption), Nasser Al Sane (former Chair of the Global Organization of Parliamentarians against Corruption - GOPAC), Sope Williams-Elegbe(Stellenbosch University, South Africa), Klaus Moosmayer (Chief Compliance Officer of Siemens AG), Paul Hoffman (founder of the NGO Accountability Now), and others.

For more information and to apply, click here.

New IACA Master’s Programme Focuses on the Business Sector

IACA is now welcoming applications for its new International Master in Anti-Corruption Compliance and Collective Action (IMACC), which begins in October this year.

The IMACC is the world’s first master’s programme specially designed for anti-corruption compliance and collective action professionals involved in the business sector. It offers a practical, comprehensive answer to the ever-evolving regulatory environment and rising demand for specialized skills in these fields.

The two-year, in-career course consists of six modules that combine intensive in-class sessions and distance learning, as well as a practical final project or thesis. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from leading international academics and practitioners, share experiences with peers from around the world, and apply practical knowledge and insights immediately to their daily work.

Graduating students receive an internationally recognized MA degree with 120 ECTS credits under the EU’s Bologna process, enabling enrolment into PhD programmes if desired. They will also join IACA’s alumni network of anti-corruption and compliance professionals in more than 150 countries and jurisdictions.

The deadline for applications is 31 July 2017. For more information and to apply, click here.

The IMACC is IACA’s second master’s programme, joining the Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS).

Extended Bureau Discusses Next IACA Assembly of Parties

The Extended Bureau of the fifth session of IACA’s Assembly of Parties (AoP) held its first meeting today, chaired by H.E. Amb. Rafael M. Grossi (ARG), to discuss preparations for the sixth AoP in accordance with Resolution AOP5-Res-3.

During the deliberations in Vienna, members of the Extended Bureau were encouraged to invite Parties to consider proposing draft resolutions for the upcoming session, as well as possible side events.

The Executive Secretary to the AoP informed members about the outcomes of the recent meeting of the IACA Board of Governors on 7 and 8 March, and briefed them on the replies by IACA’s constituency to a Survey on the next Work Programme in accordance with Resolution AOP5-Res-1.

The sixth session of the AoP will convene in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, in the second quarter of 2017. The Extended Bureau comprises members of the Bureau of the fifth session and countries representing the chairs of the five UN Regional Groups.

IACA Board of Governors Meets

The IACA Board of Governors today concluded its first meeting of 2017 at the Academy’s premises in Laxenburg.

In its deliberations on 7 and 8 March the Board discussed current institutional and academic developments at IACA, preparations for the sixth session of the Assembly of Parties, and the first draft of IACA’s next Work Programme, including input from Member States.

In addition, the Board unanimously re-elected Mr. Eduardo Vetere as Chairperson and Prof. Pakdee Pothisiri as Vice Chairperson. Members of the Board of Governors serve in their individual capacity and come from all regions of the globe.

IACA Strengthens Links with Latin America

IACA further reinforced ties with its Latin American partners last week at a high-level conference and numerous bilateral meetings in Lima, Peru.

On 1 March Mr. Martin Kreutner, IACA’s Dean and Executive Secretary, gave a keynote speech at the VII International Anti-Corruption Conference, an annual gathering in Lima that brings together experts from around the world to explore current challenges and solutions in the region. Organized by the Office of the Comptroller General of the Republic of Peru, this year’s event celebrated the opening of the Office’s new National Training Center.

Mr. Kreutner, who also gave a keynote address at this conference in 2016, focused on the challenges of training professionals in the fight against corruption. In addition, Martín Zapata, a member of IACA’s academic team in the Compliance and Collective Action Department, participated in the conference as a panellist during a session on “Integrity and Gender in Public Management.”

The Comptroller General’s Office is the primary independent auditor in Peru’s National Control System, responsible for supervising the legality of government spending, public debt operations, and the actions of institutions under its control.

Furthermore, the IACA delegation also held several bilateral meetings with counterparts from Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, and Peru to discuss further cooperation in the fight against corruption.

IACA held its first Regional Summer Academy in Buenos Aires, Argentina in November 2015 with a focus on fighting and preventing corruption in Latin America. It has also signed memoranda of understanding with a number of institutions in the region.

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