Start of IACA Regional Summer Academy – Eastern Africa

IACA’s Regional Summer Academy – Eastern Africa began on Saturday in Kampala, Uganda, bringing together anti-corruption and compliance professionals from 14 East African countries and Burkina Faso.

The 60 participants represent the public and private sectors, media, civil society, and international organizations, while the 14 expert lecturers include 10 from East Africa as well as frequent visiting IACA faculty such as Robert Klitgaard, Professor at Claremont Graduate University.

On Saturday participants were given a detailed overview of current corruption issues in Eastern Africa by Brian Kagoro, previously Regional Programme Advisor for the UNDP’s Africa Governance and Public Administration Programme. This was followed by a lively teambuilding session with Jeff Sebuyira, a capacity-building expert and Managing Partner at Imprint (U) Ltd. The following day, Prof. Klitgaard led sessions on good governance and political will.

The seven-day interdisciplinary programme, which runs until 9 September, aims to empower professionals in Eastern Africa with a deeper understanding of corruption and durable strategies to counter it. In the coming days other renowned professors and practitioners will combine theory and case studies with interactive group work.

The programme is funded by the Austrian Development Cooperation, in cooperation with IACA.

IACA Regional Summer Academy is a series of programmes modelled on IACA’s successful annual Summer Academy. Each edition caters to a different part of the world and is designed to meet the regional needs of anti-corruption and compliance professionals. The first IACA Regional Summer Academy was for Latin America and took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in November 2015.

IACA Hosts Panel Discussion in Alpbach

IACA hosted a successful breakout session at the European Forum Alpbach on Monday on the theme of “Human Rights – Migration – Corruption: A Reality Check”.

Taking place within the framework of the Forum’s Legal Symposium, the interactive discussion highlighted the pivotal role of anti-corruption in upholding human rights, protecting social stability, and supporting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The panel consisted of Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA (and moderator), Nikos Passas (IACA), Ruth Freedom Pojman (OSCE), and Ashura Kayupayupa (Human Rights student at the University of Vienna). After their opening remarks, the panellists engaged in lively debate with the audience throughout the well-attended event.

IACA is an official partner of the European Forum Alpbach 2016 - New Enlightenment. The Forum was established in 1945 with the aim of bringing together decision-makers from various disciplines (including science, politics, business, and culture) to engage in open dialogue with a committed audience. For more information, please click here.

17th Conference of International Investigators hosted by IACA

IACA is proud to host the 17th Conference of International Investigators (CII) in October this year. Internal investigators and representatives from international organizations such as the United Nations, the European Union, the World Bank, the World Health Organization, the European Investment Bank, and the African Development Bank will convene at the Academy’s campus in Laxenburg to exchange ideas on pertinent integrity and corruption issues in the context of their work.

Some of the topics to be confronted at the conference are the challenges and limitations of fighting corruption and fraud, as well as relevant best practices and new developments. The creation and maintenance of ethical organizational cultures and legal frameworks of the international investigative process will also be discussed.

The programme of the 17th CII is structured to stimulate interactive and thought-provoking debate on relevant topics, enabling participants to analyze, benchmark, and even reassess their current approaches. As in previous years, the agenda will feature renowned moderators, speakers, and panellists from within the investigative network and beyond; the opening Franz-Hermann-Brüner Memorial Lecture will be held by Prof. Manfred Nowak, former UN Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment and Scientific Director of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights in Vienna. The conference is preceded by a two-day training event.

The CII was established in 1999 with the objective of assisting investigators and their offices in the professional conduct of their work, and to support their role in developing, maintaining, and improving the integrity of their organizations.

The CII is represented by the investigative office or function of participating international organizations, as established by a treaty or other instrument governed by international law and possessing their own international legal personality.

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Tailor-made Training for NACC of Thailand

More than 80 officials from the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) of the Kingdom of Thailand completed a tailor-made training at IACA this week.

The three-day programme addressed prominent topics such as collective action, investigation design, public procurement, whistle-blower mechanisms, and organizational integrity, as well as global trends and instruments in anti-corruption.

Participants discussed all these issues with internationally renowned experts in the field, several of whom are frequent IACA lecturers: Elena Helmer and Nikos Passas (both IACA), Georg Krakow (Baker & McKenzie), William Nero (Basel Institute on Governance), Caroline Nicholas (UNCITRAL), Alexandra Smith (Public Concern at Work), and Katalin Pallai (National Public Service University, Hungary).

The NACC delegation was headed by Commissioner Pol. Gen. Sathaporn Laothong. The officials greatly appreciated the learning experience at the IACA campus and the attractive surroundings of Laxenburg, which together contributed to the success of the training.

IACA has enjoyed a close relationship with the NACC since 2010, when the two organizations entered into a Memorandum of Understanding. The Academy has now delivered three tailor-made trainings for the Commission, following previous programmes in 2013 and 2014.

In addition, H.E. Pol. Gen. Watcharapol Prasarnrajkit, the newly elected President of the NACC, paid his first visit to IACA in June this year.

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.

Strengthening Anti-Corruption in Local Government

IACA’s third Anti-Corruption in Local Governance Training is taking place on campus this week, giving professionals the chance to learn and share experiences with leading academics and practitioners in the field.

The five-day programme gives an in-depth understanding of the various types and mechanisms of corruption in local governance and enhances participants’ capacity to develop measures for strengthening integrity systems. It is designed for, among others, mayors, local politicians, regional government administrators, municipal leaders, experts from ombudsman offices and local anti-corruption organizations, and governance specialists from development organizations.

Running from 11 to 15 July, this year’s edition includes lectures, case studies, analysis of anti-corruption strategies, and classroom discussions with international experts, as well as a study visit to Vienna city hall.

The lecturers on the programme are Nikos Passas (IACA) and some of the Academy’s frequent visiting faculty: Ronald MacLean-Abaroa, a former mayor of La Paz, Bolivia, Ana Vasilache (Partners Foundation for Local Development, Romania), and Jeroen Maesschalck (Leuven Institute of Criminology).

For more details about this programme and other open trainings at IACA, click here.

MACS 2015 - 2017 Class on Campus

Students from the 2015-2017 Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) programme are back on campus at IACA from 25 July to 5 August for the in-class part of Module IV, “Anti-Corruption, Law, and International Initiatives”. They come from a total of 17 countries, including Afghanistan, China, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Australia, Denmark, and Sierra Leone to name a few.

Professors Nikos Passas (IACA) and Andrew Spalding (University of Richmond Law School, USA, and a member of IACA’s frequent visiting faculty) are leading the module, which focuses primarily on anti-corruption conventions, national anti-bribery laws with extra-territorial reach (such as the U.S. FCPA and the U.K. Bribery Act), as well as the national anti-corruption laws of China, Germany, and Brazil, among several other countries. Kathleen Hamann, a former U.S. Department of Justice prosecutor, also shared her perspective as a practitioner with almost two decades of experience in FCPA enforcement.

The students had the opportunity to visit the Vienna International Centre for meetings at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Another highlight of the module was a football game between the MACS students and IACA staff. The final score was 4:4.

The MACS is a two-year programme consisting of seven modules and a master thesis, and is specifically designed for working professionals. The application season for the 2017 – 2019 programme will start in September. For more information and to apply, please click here.

IACA at the European Forum Alpbach 2016

IACA is delighted to serve as an official partner of the European Forum Alpbach 2016 - New Enlightenment. Within the framework of their Political and Legal Symposium, the Academy is hosting a breakout session themed “Human Rights - Migration - Corruption: A Reality Check”.

The session will focus on human rights, the rule of law, migration, corruption, and development, highlighting how these phenomena interact with one other. Integrating case study analyses with discussion and debate, it will follow the format of an interactive workshop. Panelists from Greece (IACA), Tanzania (Vienna University), the United States (OSCE), and Austria (IACA) will share their expertise with participants.

The European Forum Alpbach was established more than 70 years ago with the primary aim of facilitating open dialogue between decision-makers across disciplines, drawing on the fields of science, politics, business, and culture.

IACA looks forward to the Forum, and invites all interested participants to attend the session on 29 August. For more information please click here.

Mexican Ambassador Presents Credentials

On 28 July H.E. Ms. Alicia Guadalupe Buenrostro Massieu, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the United Mexican States to the International Organizations in Vienna, presented her credentials to Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA.

Mexico ratified the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization in October 2011.

IACA Dean Meets Austrian Arts and Culture Minister

Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA, met H.E. Mr. Thomas Drozda, Austria’s Minister for Arts and Culture, Constitution and Media, in Vienna on Monday to discuss the Academy’s current and future work, IACA – host-country relations, and other issues of mutual interest.

During the meeting Mr. Kreutner highlighted some of the Academy’s priorities in its dual role as an international organization and a post-secondary educational institution. These include, among others, a second master’s programme to be launched in 2017 on collective action, compliance, and (private sector) anti-corruption, a future IACA PhD programme, and preparations for the next session of IACA’s Assembly of Parties later this year.

IACA is grateful for its close ties to, and support from, the Republic of Austria, which is the Academy’s host country and one of its initiating partners. Earlier this month Mr. Kreutner also met the Austrian Minister of the Interior, H.E. Mr. Wolfgang Sobotka.

Procurement Anti-Corruption Training: Apply by 29 July

IACA is accepting applications until 29 July for the fourth edition of its Procurement Anti-Corruption Training, which will take place from 22 August to 16 September this year.

The programme is taught by Prof. Christopher Yukins of the George Washington University Law School and Max Kaiser Aranda from the Mexican Institute for Competitiveness (IMCO), both of whom are leading experts in the field and frequent visiting IACA Faculty. It equips professionals with sound anti-corruption mechanisms and exposes them to the vulnerabilities of the public procurement process.

Procurement Anti-Corruption Training begins with a two-week home-based phase, followed by five days of on-site training at IACA’s campus in Laxenburg, Austria, and concluding with one week of follow-up (also home-based).

Participants who successfully complete the programme will receive 6 ECTS Credit Points under the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Third Alumni Reunion at IACA

Anti-corruption and compliance professionals from, inter alia, Austria, Germany, Mexico, Nepal, the Netherlands, Nigeria, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America came to Laxenburg late last week for IACA’s third Alumni Reunion.

The two-day gathering began on 7 July with a session led by Nebojsa Nakicenovic, Deputy Director General/Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) process. Prof. Nakicenovic highlighted the dangers of climate change and emphasized the importance of the 17 SDGs as part of a new “global social contract” that can only be achieved collectively.

Friday’s programme included lectures by Paulo Roberto Galvão de Carvalho, a federal prosecutor in Brazil, on the Petrobras “Car Wash” case, and by Prof. Peter Eigen, founder of Transparency International, on good governance, democracy, and development. The final session, on anti-corruption in local governance, featured Ronald MacLean-Abaroa, a former mayor of La Paz, Bolivia, and Ana Vasilache, Founding President of the Partners Foundation for Local Development in Romania.

"My experience at IACA’s third Alumni Reunion has been very enriching. I have gained valuable expertise and knowledge and met very important contacts to fight corruption efficiently. My work will improve a lot," said Carlos Alberto Pérez Cuevas, President of the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC) Chapter Mexico.

“It was a reunion with reverberating impact,” were the words of Aisha Abba Tor Habib, Head of Legal and Prosecution Department, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission/Legal & Prosecution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

In addition, the alumni joined participants from the sixth IACA Summer Academy later on Thursday for an evening of dinner, dancing, and networking.

IACA’s alumni association was initiated in 2013 with the goals of fostering a lifelong connection between the Academy and its alumni, promoting interaction among alumni, and connecting them with current students and participants.

It currently includes well over 900 professionals from more than 140 countries following the conclusion of several programmes and trainings in July: the IACA Summer Academy, the “Best Of” Seminar with Johann Graf Lambsdorff, a tailor-made training for Korean government officials, and (this week) IACA’s Anti-Corruption in Local Governance Training.

Furthermore, the quarterly IACAlumnus magazine helps alumni to stay in touch and share the best of their work.

Sixth IACA Summer Academy Draws to a Close

As the 2016 IACA Summer Academy reached its conclusion on Friday, anti-corruption and compliance professionals from around the world reflected on eight days of rich discussion and interaction with peers and world-leading experts.

The participants had arrived in Laxenburg from more than 40 countries and represented the public and private sectors, international organizations, academia, media, and civil society.

Lecturers came from a wide variety of leading institutions, including IACA, the World Bank, Transparency International, Brazil’s Federal Prosecution Service, the Supreme Court of Kenya, SAR Hong Kong’s Independent Commission against Corruption, Partners Foundation for Local Development (Romania), Siemens, Harvard and Colgate universities (United States of America), London Business School, University of Passau (Germany), Flinders University (Australia), and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA).

As in previous years, the interdisciplinary programme blended theory and practice, addressing topical anti-corruption and compliance issues from multiple perspectives: politics, compliance and collective action, integrity and corruption prevention, law, psychology, economics, good governance, and development.

This year’s Summer Academy participants now join the IACA alumni association, a worldwide network of anti-corruption and compliance professionals from 140 countries.

Since it began in 2011, the IACA Summer Academy has empowered 425 professionals from all parts of the globe. The seventh edition of the programme will take place at IACA in July 2017.

Before then comes the IACA Regional Summer Academy - Eastern Africa in Kampala, Uganda, from 3 to 9 September this year. IACA held a successful debut Regional Summer Academy for Latin America in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 2015.

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