Anti-Corruption in Local Governance Training: Applications Open

IACA’s Anti-Corruption in Local Governance Training is now open for applications for the fifth edition of this renowned programme.

The five-day session will take place at IACA’s campus in Laxenburg/Vienna from 9 to 13 July 2018. It provides participants with an in-depth understanding of the types and mechanisms of corruption in local governance, and enhances their capacity to develop measures for strengthening local integrity systems.

George Kanguya, Senior Community Education Officer at the Anti-Corruption Commission of Zambia, says he benefited greatly from the 2017 edition: “This IACA training has broadened my horizon of how I look at corruption in local governance. The lectures were informative and offered an array of practical situations which were really beneficial to support me in the performance of my duties. I came back home with a reservoir of knowledge. Thanks to IACA!”

Confirmed lecturers for the 2018 training include IACA Frequent Visiting Faculty members Robert Klitgaard (Claremont Graduate University) and Jeroen Maesschalck (Leuven Institute of Criminology, KU Leuven), as well as Richard E. Messick, an international legal and anti-corruption consultant and Senior Contributor at the Global Anticorruption Blog.

The programme offers participants the opportunity to learn and share experiences with peers from around the world. It is designed for professionals including 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.

Participants will benefit from a dynamic teaching approach which incorporates lectures, case studies, analysis of anti-corruption strategies, and classroom discussions. A study visit to Vienna City Hall is also part of the schedule.

IACA offers some highly competitive scholarships that are available to citizens of Least Developed Countries (LDCs) as defined by the United Nations (read more here). In addition, some fee discounts are available; please click here for further details.

Participants completing the training will join IACA’s alumni network of more than 1,500 former students and participants from over 150 countries and jurisdictions.

Read more about the training and how to apply here.

Austrian Interior Ministry State Secretary Visits IACA

Ms. Karoline Edtstadler, State Secretary at the Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior with responsibility for the new government’s anti-corruption agenda, visited IACA on Tuesday for discussions on how to further strengthen mutual cooperation.

The meeting between Ms. Edtstadler and Mr. Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary, reaffirmed the strong ties between IACA and the Republic of Austria, which is the organization’s host country and one of its initiating partners.

Talks focused on possible avenues for additional collaboration on projects related to anti-corruption and compliance, including in the context of Austria’s upcoming EU presidency in the second half of 2018.

Other topics of discussion included the strong links between corruption and major national and international issues such as migration, human rights, security, and the financing of terrorism.

Paying her first visit to IACA as State Secretary, Ms. Edtstadler also received an update on IACA’s current activities. These include, among many other examples, the recent Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) classes in Washington, DC and the continuation of IACA’s successful academic cooperation with the University of Vienna.

MACS Classes in United States Conclude Successfully

IACA’s 2016 - 2018 Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) students finished two weeks of classes in Washington, DC, on Friday. The second week covered issues such as anti-money-laundering, asset tracing and recovery, government oversight, and public and private sector anti-corruption.

A series of panel discussions on some of these themes enabled the students to engage with senior U.S. practitioners from government, civil society, business, law, and academia. This followed a fruitful first week of classes.

The in-class part of Module VI, which focuses on Corruption, Enforcement, and the Public Sector, was hosted by the World Bank Group Integrity Vice Presidency (INT).

Among the lecturers during the second week were Shervin Majlessi, Senior Legal Adviser at the World Bank/UNODC Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative (StAR) and a member of IACA’s frequent visiting faculty, Ann Calvaresi Barr, Inspector General at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), John Sopko, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, and Bruce Zagaris, Partner at Berliner Corcoran & Rowe LLM.

The MACS is a two-year, in-career degree programme specifically designed for working professionals. Each of its seven modules has a two-week in-class phase that takes place at IACA’s campus in Laxenburg/Vienna, Austria, or another location worldwide. Brazil, Georgia, and Malaysia have previously hosted in-class sessions.

Applications are now open for the next class starting in autumn 2018.

For more information on the MACS, please click here.

Procurement Anti-Corruption Training: Apply Now

Applications are now open for the sixth edition of IACA’s popular Procurement Anti-Corruption Training.

The five-week part-time programme will take place from 16 July to 17 August 2018 and is aimed at legal, compliance, and procurement professionals who are experienced in dealing with public procurement issues. The course comprises four weeks of distance learning and one week of classes at IACA’s Laxenburg/Vienna campus (30 July – 3 August).

By integrating theory and real-world insights, participants gain tools to help reduce corruption in public procurement. In addition, each participant writes a course paper that explores how a procurement anti-corruption strategy could be implemented in his or her own setting.

Topics covered include corruption during emergencies, contract formations and performance, human rights, e-procurement, bribery, and collusion.

Alexia Kayirangwa, Procurement Specialist and Member of the Internal Negotiations Board at the Social Security Board of Rwanda, took part in this training in 2017 and greatly appreciated what she learnt: "The experience I got was very important, as I realized that despite the fact that participants came from different countries, we all faced similar problems regarding corruption in procurement. We were able to share our experiences and learn from the best trainers who had so much knowledge. This was a once in a lifetime experience, and I thank IACA for making it happen."

The training is taught by Professor Christopher Yukins from the George Washington University Law School and Max Kaiser Aranda from the Mexican Institute for Competitiveness (IMCO), both of whom are IACA frequent visiting faculty members, together with other distinguished guest lecturers.

Participants who successfully complete the programme are entitled to receive 6 ECTS credits under the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System. They will subsequently join IACA’s alumni network of anti-corruption and compliance professionals in 154 countries and jurisdictions.

The application deadline is 5 April, and some discounts on the tuition fee are available under IACA’s fee discount scheme. In addition, IACA offers a limited number of highly competitive scholarships to citizens of Least Developed Countries (LDCs), as defined by the United Nations. 

For more information and to apply, click here.

IACA and Egypt Consolidate Anti-Corruption Ties

IACA and the Arab Republic of Egypt held further discussions in Vienna on Monday regarding continued joint anti-corruption efforts in the context of the Egyptian Presidency of the sixth session of the organization’s Assembly of Parties.

During the meeting 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, IACA’s Dean and Executive Secretary, consulted on next steps following the successful sixth session of the Assembly in Sharm El Sheikh in October.

The talks also covered various aspects of bilateral cooperation between IACA and Egypt in the field of anti-corruption and compliance, including possible tailor-made trainings that could be organized for Egyptian officials. Both interlocutors emphasized that the memorandum of understanding signed by IACA and the Administrative Control Authority (ACA) of the Arab Republic of Egypt in Sharm El Sheikh will provide an excellent basis for the development and implementation of joint activities.

In addition, H.E. Mr. Youssef presented Mr. Kreutner with a personal letter from H.E. Mr. Mohammed Erfan, Minister and Chairman of the ACA, and a generous gift of elegantly designed papyrus sheets that can be used for IACA’s certificates and other documents. Mr. Kreutner expressed his appreciation for the highly constructive interaction with the ACA and with H.E. Mr. Erfan personally, as well as his sincere gratitude for the gift.

Yesterday’s meeting followed previous fruitful discussions with a high-level Egyptian delegation at IACA in early November.

The recent Assembly of Parties saw the unanimous adoption of seven resolutions, including the organization’s new Work Programme 2017 – 2020. The adopted resolutions, speeches, and other documents from this session are available here.

MACS Students in Washington, DC

Students from IACA’s 2016 – 2018 Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) class are currently in Washington, DC, USA, for their sixth module, which is being hosted by the World Bank GroupIntegrity Vice Presidency (INT).

The module, on Corruption, Enforcement, and the Public Sector, runs from 15 to 26 January. MACS students from 17 countries will learn from world-class lecturers on topics including anti-corruption in local governance, investigating corruption, combating money-laundering, and asset tracing and recovery.

Pascale Dubois, the World Bank Vice President for Integrity, welcomed the students to the World Bank, and representatives from the World Bank’s Governance Global Practice, INT, and the Sanctions System shared with the students their experience in combating corruption in Bank-funded projects. Ronald MacLean-Abaroa, a member of IACA’s frequent visiting faculty and a former Bolivian minister and mayor of La Paz, discussed his successful anti-corruption reforms in local government. This week’s programme also includes a hands-on course on investigating corruption cases. 

The module continues next week with panel discussions and further sessions as well as a networking reception for the students, lecturers, and Bank representatives.

The MACS is a two-year, in-career programme consisting of seven modules and a master’s thesis and is specifically designed for working professionals. Each module has a two-week in-class phase that takes place approximately every three months. Most of these classes are at IACA’s campus in Laxenburg/Vienna, Austria, with at least one two-week session held at another location worldwide. Brazil, Georgia, and Malaysia have previously hosted MACS modules.

Applications are now open for the next class starting in autumn 2018.

For more information on the MACS, please click here.

New IACA Master’s Degree Welcomes Students from Four Continents

IACA warmly welcomed students from four continents to its campus on Sunday for their first classes in 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.

This first IMACC class (2017 – 2019) comprises compliance officers, anti-corruption practitioners, auditors, lawyers, and government officials, among others.

Module I of the IMACC provides a general overview of anti-corruption compliance and collective action and covers topics including business ethics, international anti-corruption law, economic analysis of corruption, and the application of behavioural sciences to the study of corruption.

Lecturers for this module are Johann Graf Lambsdorff (University of Passau) and Jeroen Maesschalck (Leuven Institute of Criminology), as well as IACA faculty members Eduard Ivanov, Han-Kyun Rho, and Martín Zapata. In addition, the class is looking at research methods and already had teambuilding sessions with Margaret Steixner, an intercultural trainer and coach.

As an in-career academic degree programme, the IMACC provides a practical, comprehensive answer to the ever-evolving regulatory environment and increasing demand for specialized skills, enabling students to upgrade their expertise and add value to their companies and organizations.

Main themes covered by the IMACC include, among others, implementing best practices in anti-corruption and compliance, identifying and mitigating various types of risks, conducting internal investigations, doing business based on the highest ethical standards, and initiating and managing collective action.

The IMACC is an internationally recognized MA degree with 120 ECTS credits under the EU’s Bologna Process. The programme consists of six modules and a final project or thesis.

New IACA Seminar on Compliance Investigations: Apply Now!

IACA is welcoming applications for a new two-day seminar on The External Investigator’s Perspective in Regulatory Compliance Investigations, which will take place on 1 - 2 March at our campus in Laxenburg/Vienna, Austria. Please click here for more details.

Professionals from around the world who are involved with the business sector in compliance, collective action, anti-corruption, law, audit, or related fields are encouraged to apply.

The confirmed lecturers are practitioners with many years of experience in applying anti-corruption laws and conducting investigations.

They include Daniel Li, former Deputy Commissioner and Head of Operations, Hong Kong Independent Commission against Corruption (ICAC), Lloydette Bai-Marrow, Principal Consultant and Founding Partner at ParaMetric Global Consulting and previously principal investigative lawyer at the Serious Fraud Office (UK), Jonathan Shapiro, founder and owner of Shapiro Advisors LLC and former Integrity Compliance Officer at the World Bank Group, and Eduard Ivanov (IACA), previously co-chair of the Working Group on Typologies at the Eurasian Group on Combating Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism (EAG).

The seminar will consist of lectures, interactive classroom and panel discussions, and networking opportunities, enabling participants to:

better understand the role and expectations of external compliance investigators

implement a proactive and effective compliance programme

identify suspicious counterparties and transactions

assess risks of multiple investigations and individual liability

stay up to date with the latest regulatory trends.

Participants will subsequently join IACA’s alumni network of anti-corruption and compliance professionals in 154 countries and jurisdictions.

The application deadline is 20 February, and some discounts on the tuition fee are available under IACA’s fee discount scheme.

This is the first in a series of IACA Compliance and Collective Action seminars for professionals involved with the business sector. Each one will feature expert practitioners and interactive peer discussion, giving participants fresh practical insights and excellent networking opportunities.

For more information and to apply, please click here.

IACA Reaffirms Commitment to Gender Equality and Female Empowerment

IACA’s Dean and Executive Secretary Martin Kreutner yesterday reaffirmed the organization’s commitment to gender equality and female empowerment to help realize the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in particular Goal 5 on gender equality.

Speaking at a panel discussion on Empowering Female Leaders at the 2018 Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS) Vienna Conference, Mr. Kreutner highlighted an existing commitment to ensuring gender balance in IACA’s staffing and encouraging increased female participation in its programmes and trainings. Panel members shared their institutional experiences and best practices and discussed challenges, systems, and strategies for ensuring equal opportunities for women regarding leadership at all levels of decision-making.

“Gender equality is at the very centre of human rights and is also a conditio sine qua non for fair societies, peace, and prosperity,” said Mr. Kreutner. “IACA is wholeheartedly committed to helping to make equality an undisputed and undeniable everyday reality by empowering both women and men.”

The Conference, which runs from 10 – 12 January, brings together Vienna-based organizations, the diplomatic community, civil society, NGOs, academics, business leaders, and media representatives. The theme of this year’s conference is “Achieving Gender Equality and Female Empowerment: A Collaborative Vision of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5.”

Mr. Kreutner is an active International Gender Champion under the International Gender Champions Initiative, a leadership network in Geneva, New York, and Vienna of female and male decision-makers working to break down gender barriers. Under this initiative, he makes commitments to ensure gender balance (in a spectrum of minimum 45-55%) in selection and recruitment of IACA staff, encourage increased female participation in all of IACA’s programmes and trainings, and ensure that, by the end of 2018, scholarship allowances include a minimum of 45% (ideally 50%) female beneficiaries.

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