UN Under-Secretary-General Visits IACA

H.E. Ms. Heidi Mendoza, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Internal Oversight Services, paid her first visit to IACA on Tuesday to discuss possible future collaboration between the two organizations.

The visit reflected IACA’s long-standing ties with the UN’s Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS), which performs tasks within the UN that include monitoring, internal audit, inspection, evaluation, and investigation. H.E. Ms. Mendoza’s predecessor, Ms. Carman Lapointe, also previously visited the Academy.

During the meeting Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA, discussed how the Academy’s programmes and trainings, including the Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS), empower anti-corruption and compliance professionals around the world in audit, investigation, and many other fields.

Since its inception, IACA has cooperated closely with the UN. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) was one of IACA’s initiating partners and in 2012 represented the UN in signing a Cooperation Agreement with the Academy. In 2015 alone IACA’s work in the fight against corruption received explicit tribute in two UN resolutions.

In addition, IACA will host the 17th Conference of International Investigators at its campus in Laxenburg/Vienna in the early autumn of 2016.

IACA Partners Again with University of Vienna

IACA reinforced its strong links with the University of Vienna on Thursday as Martin Kreutner, the Academy’s Dean and Executive Secretary, once again lectured in the University’s Master of Arts in Human Rights programme at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute on Human Rights.

This was just the latest in a long-standing series of joint activities between IACA and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute. Areas of cooperation between the two organizations include, inter alia, lecturing in their respective Master programmes, thesis supervision, library access, and mutual participation in examinations as external experts.

IACA has also recently partnered with the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU), co-sponsoring a three-day workshop organized by WU in March on inter-agency cooperation and good governance in Africa. IACA and the University of Vienna base their cooperation, inter alia, on a Memorandum of Understanding signed in February 2012.

In the context of human rights, the importance of the Academy’s programmes and trainings was explicitly recognized by Resolution 29/11 of the Human Rights Council of the United Nations General Assembly, adopted in Geneva on 2 July 2015.

In recognizing the negative impact of corruption on human rights and sustainable development and the importance of anti-corruption education in combating corruption, the resolution noted with appreciation the capacity-building activities and specialized curricula developed by relevant institutions, such as IACA.

A full list of external resolutions and declarations commending IACA’s work, including Resolution 29/11, is available here.

Best Of Seminar with Johann Graf Lambsdorff - Register Now

IACA’s sixth “Best Of” seminar will take place on 5 and 6 July 2016 with leading global anti-corruption expert Johann Graf Lambsdorff. The registration deadline is 13 May.

The “Best Of” seminars are aimed at professionals wanting to improve the design, management, and sustainability of their anti-corruption efforts. Each seminar is delivered by a preeminent anti-corruption authority who shares the “best of” his or her work.

During the two-day event with Prof. Lambsdorff, participants will hear his latest cutting-edge research and discuss innovative ways of applying it to their own fight against corruption.

Prof. Lambsdorff designed the Corruption Perceptions Index on behalf of Transparency International in 1995 and has held a professorship in Economic Theory at the University of Passau, Germany, since 2003. Furthermore, he is a frequent visiting professor at IACA, including in the Academy’s Master Programme. Prof. Lambsdorff is globally recognized for his work on measuring corruption and the institutional and behavioural economics of reform. His research embraces topics in monetary, international, and experimental economics.

Previous “Best Of” seminars have featured Luis Moreno Ocampo, the former Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Professor Michael Johnston (Colgate University), Professor Robert Klitgaard (Claremont Graduate University), Professor Bo Rothstein (University of Gothenburg), and Professor Susan Rose-Ackerman (Yale University).

For more information and to apply, please click here.

Tailor-made Training for Office of the Auditor General of Thailand

A large group of executive-level auditors from the Office of the Auditor General of Thailand today completed a tailor-made training at IACA dedicated to anti-corruption auditing issues.

The four-day training covered topics including effective government audit, public procurement, fraud prevention and detection, organizational integrity, the role of leadership in combating corruption, and global trends in anti-corruption enforcement. Study visits to the Austrian Court of Audit and the Public Prosecutor’s Office for White-Collar Crime and Corruption (WKStA) were also part of the programme.

Participants had sessions with internationally renowned experts in the field, many of whom are frequent IACA lecturers. They include Drago Kos (Chair of the OECD Working Group on Bribery), Georg Krakow (Baker & McKenzie), Jo Kremers (Central Audit Service under the Ministry of Finance in the Netherlands), Jeroen Maesschalck (Leuven Institute of Criminology), Samira Musayeva (UNCITRAL), Johannes Schnitzer (Schnitzer Law), and Elena Helmer (IACA).

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. The Academy will deliver about a dozen such trainings during the next months, including one in May for participants from Eurasian Economic Union Member States.

Local Governance Training - Call for Applications

IACA is inviting applications for the third edition of its Anti-Corruption in Local Governance Training, which will take place at the Academy from 11 to 15 July this year. The application deadline is 16 May.

The five-day programme gives participants an in-depth understanding of the various types and mechanisms of corruption in local governance and municipal administration and enhances their capacity to develop measures for strengthening local integrity systems. Participants receive the latest insights from global experts in this field and can develop a strong network with peers from around the world.

Professionals with a minimum of three (3) years of relevant work experience in local governance are encouraged to apply. The programme is aimed at, among others, mayors, local politicians, regional government administrators, municipal leaders, experts from ombudsman offices and local anti-corruption organizations, and governance experts from development organizations.

A limited number of scholarships and tuition fee waivers are available to citizens of Least Developed Countries (LDCs), as defined by the United Nations, and citizens of other jurisdictions determined by the specific donor.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Qatari Delegation Visits IACA

A high-level Qatari delegation led by H.E. Dr. Ali Bin Fetais Al Marri, Attorney General of the State of Qatar, paid a courtesy visit to IACA on Wednesday to address issues of mutual interest.

Especially in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, talks focused on opportunities to foster collaboration in the global fight against corruption. The meeting also discussed the potential future accession of Qatar to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization.

The delegation also included senior officials from the Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Centre of Qatar. IACA signed a Memorandum of Understanding with this institution in the framework of the 13th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, held in Doha in April 2015.

IACA Regional Summer Academy – Eastern Africa: Apply Now

IACA is pleased to announce that its next Regional Summer Academy will be for Eastern Africa and will take place in Kampala, Uganda from 3 - 9 September 2016. The application period opened today and closes on 22 May.

The programme is funded by the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC), in cooperation with IACA. For more information and to apply, please click here.

IACA Regional Summer Academy is a series of interdisciplinary 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 Regional Summer Academy was for Latin America and took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina in November 2015.

The seven-day IACA Regional Summer Academy - Eastern Africa will promote a deeper understanding of corruption, prepare participants to better assess challenges and best practices, and offer frameworks for durable anti-corruption and compliance strategies. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the latest research and case studies from internationally renowned professors and practitioners, exchange best practices with their diverse peers, and sharpen their work in Eastern Africa and beyond.

The programme consists of lectures, group work, roundtable discussions, excursions, and teambuilding exercises. Combining theory and practice, the curriculum covers economics, enforcement/prevention, ethics, integrity and compliance, law, political science, psychology, and sociology.

Enrolment is open to professionals from East African countries and Burkina Faso with a minimum of five years of relevant work experience in the public or private sector, international or non-governmental organizations, as well as media representatives, students, and researchers in areas related to anti-corruption and/or compliance. The programme will be conducted in English.

The tuition fee is fully funded by the ADC. Travel (economy class), accommodation, and local transportation (shuttle service) for programme participants will be arranged by IACA and covered by the ADC.

IACA Pledges Continued Support for OECD Anti-Bribery Convention

Martin Kreutner, IACA’s Dean and Executive Secretary, pledged the Academy’s continued support for the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention at a Ministerial Meeting in Paris on 16 March.

The meeting at OECD headquarters was attended by Ministers from all 41 State Parties to the Convention, as well as by Ministers from key partner countries, heads of other international organizations, and leaders from the private sector and civil society.

The Parties reaffirmed their commitment to the continued implementation of the Convention, which came into force in 1999, and also called for robust enforcement of their laws against foreign bribery. Other topics of discussion included whistleblower protection, international co-operation, voluntary disclosure and negotiated settlements, and anti-corruption compliance.

In his remarks to the ministerial segment of the meeting, Mr. Kreutner said the Convention represents a major contribution to the global anti-corruption movement over the last 20 years.

“The OECD Anti-Bribery Convention – along with, in particular, the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) - has not only become one of the global lighthouses in this regard but has also implemented a state-owned review process. And it is considered as the key reference point for the supply side part of the equation,” he said.

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

To read the Ministerial Declaration from the meeting, please click here.

El Salvador Accedes to the IACA Agreement

El Salvador deposited its instrument of accession to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization yesterday, 16 March, becoming IACA’s 67thParty.

During a formal ceremony at the Austrian Ministry of Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs in Vienna last night, H.E. Carlos Alfredo Casteneda, El Salvador’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Integration and Economic Development, personally handed over the document to the Depository, represented by H.E. Johann Brieger. H.E. Carmen Maria Gallardo Hernandez, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of El Salvador to the International Organizations in Vienna, and Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA, were also present.

Earlier yesterday, Deputy Minister Casteneda and Ambassador Gallardo Hernandez paid a courtesy visit to the Academy.

El Salvador is the eighth country from the Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC) to join IACA as a Party. The Agreement remains open for ratification to Signatories and for accession to all other UN Member States and international organizations.

IACA Summer Academy - Apply by 31 March

The application deadline for the sixth annual IACA Summer Academy is extended to 31 March. Please note that no additional scholarships are available. The Summer Academy will take place from 1 to 8 July and can be combined with the Anti-Corruption in Local Governance Training the week after. Click here for more information and to apply.

Lithuanian Ambassador Presents Credentials

On 14 March, H.E. Giedrius Čekoulis, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Lithuania to the International Organizations in Vienna, presented his credentials to Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA.

Lithuania acceded to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization in March 2013.

IACA Partners up with the Vienna University of Economics and Business for a Workshop on Inter-Agency Cooperation

A workshop on inter-agency cooperation and good governance in Africa started at IACA today, focusing on issues of combatting illicit financial activities, particularly tax evasion and money laundering. Forty seasoned professionals from more than a dozen countries are taking part.

The three-day workshop is organized by the Institute for Austrian and International Tax Law at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU), in partnership with the African Tax Institute (ATI) and the University of Pretoria’s Faculty of Economics and Management Sciences. It is co-sponsored by IACA.

This morning started off with discussions on the impact of illicit financial flows on African economies and revenue bases, and the key ingredients to building a sound legal and institutional framework to boost economic growth and reduce poverty.

“Tax evasion and money laundering are major bottlenecks to sustainable development, and we must join forces in rooting out corrupt practices if we are to come anywhere close to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals”, Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA, said in his address to the participants.

Jeffrey Owens, Director of the WU Global Tax Policy Centre noted that "all forms of illicit flows undermine the ability of developing countries to achieve a self-financing, sustainable development path. To counter such activities, we need better cooperation between all the different paths of government that are mandated to counter illicit flows. This meeting was intended to facilitate such cooperation." 

The training continues with breakout sessions and case studies this afternoon, before moving to topics on money tracing, tax investigation and administration tomorrow. On Wednesday, participants will present their overall recommendations on how to build up the capacity of government agencies to fight illicit financial flows effectively.

This workshop is part of a large-scale WU project on tax, good governance, and illicit financial flows. More information is available on the website of the WU’s Institute for Austrian and International Tax Law.

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