IACA Celebrates its 5th Anniversary

On 8 March IACA celebrated the fifth anniversary of its establishment as an international organization with a reception to mark its work in the global fight against corruption. Numerous ambassadors, heads of Vienna-based international organizations, and distinguished overseas guests along with friends and partners came to IACA for the gathering.

The reception began with a short speech from H.E. Ms. Margarita Popova, Vice President of the Republic of Bulgaria and the outgoing Chairperson of IACA’s Board of Governors. H.E. Mr. Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC; one of IACA’s initiating partners) and Director-General of the United Nations Office in Vienna (UNOV), then delivered his remarks and shared a message of greeting from H.E. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Among other things, the Secretary-General conveyed the following: “Preventing corruption at all levels of society is a key target under Goal 16 of the ambitious and groundbreaking 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. […] IACA is playing an important role by providing trainings and opportunities for dialogue, and by promoting integrity, transparency, and accountability. I wish IACA every success as we work together for just and inclusive societies that can provide a life of dignity for all.”

Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA, thanked the international community for its support since the Academy’s inception and expressed his firm belief that IACA’s constituency and international network of stakeholders would continue to grow in the next five years and beyond. The attendees also watched a special photo story that recalled the major milestones in IACA’s history to date.

“A lot has already been achieved, with recent highlights including IACA’s active contribution to the Post-2015 Development Agenda process and the explicit tribute to the Academy’s work in two United Nations resolutions in 2015 alone. I would like to thank all those who have made IACA’s fifth anniversary possible: all our Member States and Signatories, including our host country Austria, our colleagues in IACA’s Boards, the UN, the European Union, our partners, our friends, and all of IACA’s faculty and staff. Our common agenda is full as we move ahead, but today, on this festive occasion, let us rejoice, or in the words of the former academic lingua franca: gaudeamus igitur!” Mr. Kreutner said.

IACA currently has a constituency of 66 Parties (at originally 53 Signatories) and has agreements with dozens of partners. The Academy continues to expand its portfolio of programmes and trainings and now has some 800 alumni in about 140 countries. In addition, hundreds of other professionals have participated in shorter trainings hosted at IACA.

During the reception, guests also signed IACA’s symbolic “Courtesy Share Certificate in the Fight against Corruption”, worth 1,160 Euros. The value will be allotted to IACA’s scholarship fund for participants from Least Developed Countries, to facilitate their participation in the Academy's programmes.

The anniversary celebration was preceded by the first meeting of the new IACA Board of Governors, to which new members were (re-)elected during the fourth Assembly of Parties in Vienna in December 2015. In its deliberations on 7 March, the Board unanimously elected Mr. Eduardo Vetere as its new Chairperson and Prof. Pakdee Pothisiri as Vice Chairperson. They replace, respectively, H.E. Ms. Popova and Mr. Abu Kassim bin Mohamed, whose terms had expired. Members of the Board of Governors serve in their individual capacity and they come from all regions of the globe.

MACS 2015 - 2017 Class on Campus

Students from IACA’s 2015 - 2017 Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) programme are back on campus for the in-class part of Module II, which looks at Political Science and Corruption. The participants come from 18 countries around the world, including the United States, Liberia, Japan, Denmark, China, and Austria.

The students work in areas including law enforcement, international organizations, the private sector, NGOs, and the media.

Among the lecturers for this module, which runs from 8 – 19 February, are Michael Johnston (Colgate University), Mushtaq Khan (SOAS, University of London), as well as Roland Hosner and Bernhard Perchinig from the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) in Austria.

Sarah Chayes from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, who wrote the recent book "Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security", joined the class via videoconference to discuss the link between corruption and serious political instability.

The MACS is a two-year programme consisting of seven modules and a master thesis and is specifically designed for working professionals. The application period for the 2016 – 2018 class, which starts in October 2016, runs until 31 May. For more information and to apply, please click here.

Tailor-made Training for Indian Vigilance Officers

IACA’s latest tailor-made training is a two-week programme for a first group of 15 senior vigilance officers from India. Around a third of the participants are from the Central Vigilance Commission of the Republic of India, and the other participants come from Indian public-sector companies, mainly in extractive industries.

The training covers topics such as organizational integrity, corruption prevention, international legal instruments against corruption, public procurement, good governance, and fraud prevention. It includes a number of case studies and region-specific lectures, as well as study visits to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and Vienna City Hall (Magistrat Wien).

Several regular IACA lecturers are present, including G. Aiolfi (Basel Institute on Governance), M. Johnston (Colgate University), M. Khan (SOAS, University of London), G. Krakow (Baker & McKenzie), J. Maesschalck (Leuven Institute of Criminology), C. Nicholas (UNCITRAL), and J. Schnitzer (Schnitzer Law). IACA’s A. Bharti, Y. Choi, O. Godwin, E. Helmer, and J. Yang have also delivered sessions.

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 many such trainings during 2016, including one in May for participants from Eurasian Economic Union Member States.

IACA’s Dean on the Multi-Stakeholder Approach in Lima

IACA’s Dean and Executive Secretary, Martin Kreutner, participated at the VI International Anti-Corruption Conference, organized by the Comptroller General’s Office, in Lima, Peru, last week.

The event was opened by H.E. Pedro Cateriano, Prime Minister of Peru, Óscar Quezada, Rector of the University of Lima, and Fuad Khoury, Comptroller General.

Mr. Kreutner delivered the keynote speech on the multi-stakeholder approach on the first day, touching upon the shared responsibility of all sectors of society in the prevention of and fight against corruption. He spoke about emerging actors and roles, and how these can create chances for change and also generate risks for commotion and distraction.

In the framework of the three-day conference, five Peruvian presidential candidates presented their anti-corruption proposals, which were then discussed during the panels.

The Comptroller General’s Office of Peru is the primary independent auditor in the country’s National Control System, responsible for supervising the legality of government spending, public debt operations, and the actions of institutions under its control. For more information (in Spanish), click here.

The International Anti-Corruption Conference is an annual gathering that brings together experts from around the world to explore current challenges and solutions in the region. In 2012, IACA co-sponsored the event.

IACA Looks Forward to a Busy 2016

IACA is currently finalizing a full agenda of programmes and trainings for 2016. Applications for the fourth Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) programme and the sixth annual Summer Academy are now open, and numerous other trainings will follow soon.

Further open trainings scheduled for 2016 include, among others, a “Best Of” seminar with a renowned figure in the anti-corruption world (7 - 8 July), Anti-Corruption in Local Governance Training (11 - 15 July), and Procurement Anti-Corruption Training (22 August - 16 September). The second Regional Summer Academy is also on the agenda, this time catering to professionals from East Africa.

Tailor-made trainings are IACA’s customized programmes for specific organizations, corporations, or institutions, addressing the unique challenges each one faces in preventing and fighting corruption. Examples include a current training at IACA for Vigilance Officers from India's Central Vigilance Commission (1 - 12 February), one for representatives of Eurasian Economic Union Member States in May, and many more.

The 2016 – 2018 MACS class starts its studies in October 2016. It will be the fourth intake to the two-year programme, which is specifically designed for working professionals who wish to pursue their studies while remaining fully employed. The first MACS class graduated in December 2014, the second (2014 – 2016) is due to graduate in December this year, and the third (2015 – 2017) will be back at IACA in February for the second of the programme’s seven modules.

Participants in this year’s Summer Academy, which is taking place from 1 to 8 July, will follow in the footsteps of nearly 350 professionals from more than 100 countries who attended the programme in its first five years. This training is designed for professionals looking to consolidate their experience and enlarge their competences to better counter corruption.

IACA’s programmes and trainings, which feature world-leading academics and practitioners, continue to receive excellent feedback from participants and the international community alike. In 2015, for example, their importance was also explicitly recognized by resolutions of the Human Rights Council of the United Nations General Assembly and the sixth Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption.

MACS 2016 - 2018: Call for Applications

IACA is inviting applications for its 2016 – 2018 Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) programme, which starts in October 2016. The application deadline is 31 May. The MACS is a two-year programme consisting of seven modules and a master’s thesis.

It is specifically designed for working professionals who wish to pursue their studies while remaining fully employed. MACS faculty are drawn from an international who’s who in the fields of anti-corruption and compliance. Scholarships are available for students from Least Developed Countries (LDCs).

For more information and to apply, click here.

Transparency International Launches its 21st CPI

Transparency International (TI) published its 21st annual Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) today, ranking the perceived levels of public sector corruption in 167 countries and territories around the world. The CPI’s scoring system gathers data based on opinion surveys and other assessments.

To view the results of the CPI, click here.

IACA has long-standing cooperation with TI and in 2011 also hosted its International Integrity Awards, which honour individuals and organizations that have made an impact in the global fight against corruption.

CEI Alternate Secretary General Visits IACA

On 21 January, H.E. Margot Klestil-Loeffler, Alternate Secretary General of the Central European Initiative (CEI), visited IACA to discuss joint projects with Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of the organization.

The CEI and IACA entered into a Memorandum of Understanding in November 2014, pledging to work together in the prevention of and fight against corruption. During the meeting yesterday, H.E. Ms. Klestil-Loeffler and Mr. Kreutner talked about the benefits of anti-corruption education, training, and technical assistance. In this context, they agreed to organize joint events in the course of this year to empower professionals.

Founded in 1989, the CEI is a regional intergovernmental forum committed to supporting European integration through cooperation among its Member States, the vast majority of which are also Parties to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization.

IACA Receives IDLO Director General

Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA, met with Irene Khan, Director General of the International Development Law Organization (IDLO), at the Academy’s campus in Laxenburg today.

During the visit, Ms. Khan and Mr. Kreutner emphasized the intrinsic link between the rule of law, human rights, and anti-corruption as well as the need for increased efforts to implement the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) and international human rights instruments. They agreed to strengthen existing cooperation, particularly in view of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and its Goal 16, as well as to work together on regional activities.

IDLO is an intergovernmental organization based in Rome, Italy, devoted to promoting the rule of law. IACA entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with IDLO on 8 February 2011, just a month before its formal inauguration as an international organization.

MACS Students Visit Singapore

IACA’s 2014 - 2016 Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) class visited Singapore last Friday as part of their current module on Corruption, Enforcement and the Public Sector. The study trip included a visit to INTERPOL’s Global Complex for Innovation.

The meeting and discussions centred on the part that information technology can play in fighting crime and corruption, particularly money laundering, and the role of INTERPOL in providing assistance to member countries' law enforcement agencies.

This module of the 2014 – 2016 MACS programme is being hosted by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in Kuala Lumpur. It runs until 22 January, and the lecturers include several leading anti-corruption experts.

The MACS is a two-year programme consisting of seven modules and a master thesis and is specifically designed for working professionals. Applications for the 2016 – 2018 MACS programme, which starts in autumn 2016, will open on 1 February.

For more information, please click here.

Summer Academy - Call for Applications

IACA is inviting applications for its sixth annual Summer Academy, designed for professionals looking to consolidate their experience and enlarge their competences to better counter corruption. The programme is taking place from 1 to 8 July this year.

Through a mix of interdisciplinary lectures, group work, and discussions, the Summer Academy examines trends and practices on the global anti-corruption agenda and provides tools for bridging the gap between theory and practice.

Participants are exposed to the latest insights from world-leading experts and also have the opportunity to develop a strong network.

Professionals with a minimum of five (5) years of relevant work experience in the public and private sector, international and non-governmental organizations, media, civil society, and representatives, and academia, are encouraged to apply.

To hear what alumni have to say about the course, please view the video to your right.

For more information and to apply, click here. Applications will close on 15 March.

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