Russia makes second voluntary contribution to IACA's budget in 2019

The Russian Federation has contributed EUR 305,590.51 to IACA's general budget. Together with the contribution made earlier this year, Russia has donated EUR 483,384.09 in 2019. Since 2011, Russia has provided IACA with a total funding of EUR 1,284,259.55.

Furthermore, Russia has been providing other support to the Academy. In particular, it has generously sponsored the IACA’s Anti-Corruption Tailor-Made Course for Experts from Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan. Such training has been taking place on a yearly basis since 2016 and its next session will be on 23-25 September.

The continuous support by Russia to IACA's programmes and activities aimed at empowering anti-corruption professionals around the globe is of particular importance and will hopefully encourage other Parties and stakeholders to provide additional support to the Academy.

The Russian Federation has been a Founding Member of IACA and a Party to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization since March 2011.

Official Opening of IACA´s Fifth Regional Summer Academy in Seoul

Last Friday, 30 August 2019, the opening of IACA´s fifth edition of the Regional Summer Academy has been officially celebrated. The Regional Summer Academy has landed in Seoul, Republic of Korea, regionally representing one of IACA´s flagship programmes for anti-corruption and compliance professionals from South and East Asia, welcoming 49 participants from 11 different countries.

The group attending the training stands out for its diversity and expertise, consisting of professionals from academia, anti-corruption agencies, public and private sectors.

Over the next days, the specially designed programme will cover current regional and global anti-corruption trends, allowing participants from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Republic of Korea, and Singapore to develop and deepen their existing anti-corruption knowledge, learning from their peers and gaining new insights into addressing and preventing corruption.

Under the theme of “Practice meets Science”, distinguished global lecturers from academia, private and public sectors will deliver the programme, covering topics that correlate anti-corruption and investigative journalism, ethics, risk management, export control, technology, public procurement, and regional anti-corruption efforts.

The training opens with teambuilding exercise, and in addition to intensive in-class sessions, other highlights include a round-table discussion on compliance and collective action, a social event and a festive closing ceremony. At the end of the week, participants will join IACA’s alumni network of more than 2,250 anti-corruption and compliance professionals from more than 161 countries and jurisdictions.

MACS 2018-2020 Students Back on Campus

Students from the Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) class of 2018-2020 have been on IACA’s Laxenburg campus for the last two weeks for the in-class portion of Module IV of the MACS programme, which focuses on the economics of corruption.

The two weeks of classes have included sessions covering macroeconomic theories and models of corruption, economic consequences and effects of corruption, economic approaches to human behaviour, and the social cost of corruption, among others.

Lectures have been delivered by IACA frequent visiting faculty members, Ivo Teixeira Gico Jr., Professor of Antitrust and Business Regulation at the University Center of Brasília, and Johann Graf Lambsdorff, Professor of Economic Theory at the University of Passau.  As part of the module students also made a study visit to the Austrian Anti-Corruption Bureau.

The MACS students will be back on campus in October for their fifth module, on Corruption, Compliance and the Private Sector, which marks the beginning of their second year of study in the programme.

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.

It starts in October every year and applications are accepted year-round. In case you are interested to join the MACS 2019-2021 class, apply online latest by 11 August 2019. Read more about the MACS here.

Mauritius contributes funds to IACA

Mauritius has made a voluntary contribution of EUR 2,460 to IACA’s general budget. Having become a Party to IACA in 2018, Mauritius’ first contribution is greatly appreciated and will contribute to the organization’s work in empowering anti-corruption and compliance professionals across the globe. 

Voluntary contributions by Parties are mentioned as a core element of the organization’s financing under Article XI.(1).a of the IACA Agreement. Click here for further details.

Second Tailor-made Training for the National Anti-Corruption Commission of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Last week IACA delivered in Riyadh the second tailor-made training for the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NAZAHA) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The four-day programme focused on tools and techniques to conduct successful investigation and included practical exercises on various aspects of investigation process. In addition to NAZAHA staff, representatives of various central institutions of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Finance, Presidency of State Security, Control and Investigation Board, Public Prosecution, and General Auditing Bureau) as well as representatives of the Corruption Eradication Commission of Indonesia (KPK) participated in the training.

To learn more about IACA’s cooperation with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, please click here.

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

Alumni Reunion 2019

IACA alumni gathered at the Academy for a two-day Alumni Reunion, an annual event providing the opportunity for alumni to learn from anti-corruption and compliance experts and also extend their professional network with other alumni, staff, and Summer Academy participants.

The two-day gathering began on 4 July with two sessions led by Mr. Ashley Savage, independent specialist in whistleblowing, information rights and governance, presenting during the first session an in-depth analysis of the new EU Directive on whistleblower protection and its potential consequences. The second session covered topics on anonymous communication platforms and freedom of expression in the workplace. Reunion continued in the afternoon with Ms. Beth Haddock, Managing Partner of Warburton Advisers, who led an interesting discussion on how a triple bottom-line approach can incentivize ethical behavior.

The second day’s programme started with a lecture on global and regional perspectives of anti-corruption agencies by Mr. Abu Kassim bin Mohamed, Director-General of the National Centre for Governance, Integrity and Anti-Corruption of Malaysia and visiting expert at IACA (on a pro bono basis) and also a member of the Academy’s International Senior Advisory Board. This was followed by a lecture on the nexus between corruption and migration presented by Mr. Amr Taha, Senior Regional Liaison and Policy Officer in the International Organization for Migration Regional Office for South-Eastern Europe, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The final session, on organized crime, corruption, conflict and development, featured Mr. Jean-Luc Lemahieu, Director of the Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs (DPA) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

In addition, Alumni attending the reunion also enjoyed the annual gala dinner with participants of IACA’s Summer Academy.

IACA’s alumni network comprises anti-corruption and compliance professionals in 161 countries and jurisdictions, and the annual reunion is one way in which alumni can benefit from the rich network. Read more about other benefits for alumni here.

Montenegro Ambassador Presents Credentials

On 12 July 2019, H.E. Mr. Veselin Šuković, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Montenegro to the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA), presented his credentials to Ms. Christiane Pohn-Hufnagl, Officer-in-Charge of the IACA Secretariat.

Montenegro has been a Party to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization (IACA Agreement) since 2013. The IACA Agreement was signed on 2 September 2010, ratified on 10 April 2013, and entered into force on 9 June 2013.

Applications for Academic Programmes at IACA are still open for the 2019-2021 classes

The International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) informs that all eligible candidates may still apply for its two academic degree programmes: Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) and International Master in Anti-Corruption Compliance and Collective Action (IMACC). Applications for both programmes will be accepted until 11 August 2019. Please be informed that the deadline for scholarship applications expired on 30 June 2019.

IACA’s master programmes are for two years and designed for working professionals who continue with their careers while pursuing their degrees. Focusing on the advanced study of anti-corruption and compliance, the MACS programme is comprised of seven teaching modules and a master’s thesis. The IMACC programme focuses on anti-corruption compliance and collective action, and consists of six modules and a final project or a master’s thesis.

Both programmes will commence with studies on 1 October 2019 with a pre-module phase of Module I, and the first in-class session will take place in early November this year.

For more information and to apply, please visit IACA programmes web section.

Republic of Korea Ambassador Presents Credentials

On 5 July 2019, H.E. Mr. Shin Chae-hyun, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA), presented his credentials to Ms. Christiane Pohn-Hufnagl, Officer-in-Charge of the IACA Secretariat.

The Republic of Korea has been a Party to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization (IACA Agreement) since 2012. The IACA Agreement was signed on 29 December 2010, ratified on 15 December 2011, and entered into force on 13 February 2012.

IACA Compliance Events in June 2019

In June 2019, IACA delivered two seminars and a workshop for anti-corruption compliance professionals from Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Portugal, Russia, and Switzerland at its Laxenburg campus.

Seminar on “Anti-Corruption Compliance, AML/CFT and Sanctions in the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU): Modern Trends and Challenges” took place on 17-18 June 2019. Topics covered included typologies of corruption and money laundering offences in the EAEU countries, distinctive features of AML/CFT and anti-corruption compliance, the role of technology and data analyses for sanction compliance. The seminar also included separate panel discussions on the effective compliance model for the EAEU countries.

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Seminar on “Protecting Whistleblowers: Handling their Concerns” took place on 24-25 June 2019. Participants discussed, among other topics, the new EU Directive on protection whistleblowers, requirements for private sector organizations, use of electronic whistleblowing platforms. The programme also featured panel discussion on enhancing the protection of whistleblowers. Expert lecturers provided theoretical and practical insights from their diverse experiences, generating stimulating discussions with participants.

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Workshop on “Disruptive Compliance - what does the future look like for compliance functions?” was conducted on 25 June. Panelists and participants discussed how compliance functions evolved over time, and how data driven technologies, such as artificial intelligence, big data analytics, and blockchain will transform and digitalize compliance functions and change the traditional job description of a compliance officer.

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Official Opening of IACA’s Ninth Summer Academy

IACA’s ninth Summer Academy officially opened on Friday at the campus in Laxenburg. The Summer Academy is one of the organization’s annual flagship training programmes for anti-corruption and compliance professionals from around the world, which has welcomed 72 participants from 35 countries and all regions to its Laxenburg campus for the training.

The diverse group consists of professionals from international organizations, academia, judiciary and the public and private sectors.

Under the theme of “Practice meets Science”, participants will develop and deepen their existing anti-corruption knowledge, learning from their peers and gaining new insights into addressing and preventing corruption.

Over a dozen expert lecturers, from countries including Kenya, Malaysia, Slovenia, South Korea, Sweden, the United States of America, and the United Kingdom will address topics such as online investigation, good governance, ethics and compliance, fighting corruption in the judiciary, global and regional approaches to anti-corruption, and economic theory.

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The training opens with teambuilding exercises, and in addition to intensive in-class sessions other highlights include a round-table discussion on the use of emerging technologies in the fight against corruption, an excursion to the picturesque Wachau region, and a festive closing ceremony.

During the week, Summer Academy participants will have excellent networking opportunities with IACA alumni who will gather in Laxenburg for the sixth annual Alumni Reunion (4 – 5 July). At the end of the week, participants will join IACA’s alumni network of close to 2,100 anti-corruption and compliance professionals from more than 150 countries and jurisdictions.

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Also this summer, IACA will host the Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) class of 2018 – 2020 for their fourth module. In August, IACA will take the Regional Summer Academy to the South and East Asia region, and will implement eight day training in Seoul, South Korea from 30 August to 6 September.

September will see further IACA programmes including an anti-corruption training for representatives of Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) member states, and a Regional Summer Academy for participants from Central and South America in São Paulo, Brazil (20 – 27 September).

Applications for Regional Summer Academy programmes are now open; please visit for more information and to apply.

Updates on all these activities will be published on IACA’s website and social media platforms.

IACA Board of Governors Holds Second Meeting of 2019

At its second meeting of the year from 27 to 28 June, the IACA Board of Governors discussed the Independent External Auditors’ report for the budget year 2018 and discussed preparations for the upcoming seventh session of the Assembly of Parties (AoP), which will convene in Nur-Sultan, the Republic of Kazakhstan, at the beginning of September.

The external auditors, who were appointed by the Board from senior members of national supreme audit institutions or other suitable institutions of volunteering Parties, conducted the audit earlier this year.

Their report will be submitted to the seventh session of the AoP later this year for final acknowledgement.

Other issues discussed by the Board included; financial stability and sustainability of IACA, focus of its future activities, and current developments at the organization, including the recent expansion of its memberships and plans for academic programmes and training activities.

The meeting was chaired by Mr. Alexey Konov, the Chairperson of the Board. Members serve in their individual capacity and come from all regions of the globe, as well as from the United Nations.

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