IACA and ADA Agree on Joint Development Programmes

IACA and the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) signed an agreement in support of a regional Summer Academy in East Africa and scholarships for participants from Least Developed Countries (LDCs).

“I am happy that we can expand our international network through cooperation with ADA and strengthen our efforts in curbing corruption through education. Bringing our annual Summer Academy, which has encountered such success over the past four years, to other regions of the globe is of paramount importance in this regard”, said Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA, in Vienna yesterday.

The project funds of 400,000 Euros, allocated over a three-year period, will serve to empower more than 200 anti-corruption professionals from East Africa and provide additional scholarships to facilitate participation from LDCs at other IACA trainings.

Ambassador Michael Linhart, General Secretary at the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, commended the development. “Corruption hinders development and widens the gap between rich and poor. It is therefore important that Austria supports the strengthening of the rule of law and good governance in its partner countries”, he asserted.

He was joined by Martin Ledolter, Managing Director of ADA in saying, “For many years we have been supporting civil society organizations, parliaments, courts, and courts of auditors in our main cooperation countries to promote transparency, democratic participation, and accountability. Cooperation with IACA is a logical extension of our efforts in this area”.

Ambassador of Luxembourg Presents Credentials

On 17 March, H.E. Hubert Wurth, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg to the International Organizations in Vienna, presented his credentials to Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA.

Luxembourg ratified the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization in December 2012. The Grand Duchy is also a strong partner of IACA’s Master in Anti-Corruption Studies 2014 – 2016, sponsoring a full scholarship for a participant from its development aid target area.

IACA's 4th Anniversary

Sunday, 8 March will mark the fourth anniversary of IACA’s establishment as an international organization. On this occasion, a reception was held at headquarters in Laxenburg, Austria on Friday to celebrate IACA’s contributions to the field of anti-corruption and the impact they have made on communities around the world.

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The reception witnessed widespread participation from the diplomatic community and overseas guests. The Chairperson of the Board of Governors, H.E. Margarita Popova, along with other members of this organ, the President of the third session of the Assembly of Parties, Mr. Zakir Garalov, Prosecutor General of Azerbaijan as well as Ministers H.E. Johanna Mikl-Leitner and H.E. Wolfgang Brandstetter from the host country, also attended.

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As a token of appreciation for the results achieved at the third session of the Assembly of Parties in Baku in November 2014, Mr. Garalov presented IACA with a traditional Azeri carpet woven in the shape of the IACA building.

Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA, thanked the international community for the continued support, asserting that the number of States Parties, international organizations, and other stakeholders that stand behind IACA speaks for itself of the global importance of its work. “With a constituency that brings together over five billion people, the organization is well placed to promote the international anti-corruption agenda”, he stated.

In retrospect, 63 Parties, 53 Signatories, and dozens of partners have joined IACA since 2010. Its training portfolio has steadily grown to include a variety of capacity-building programmes, technical workshops as well as the world’s first Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS). Its commitment to the transformative power of education and focus on areas in demand has empowered and continues to empower hundreds of professionals in their anti-corruption efforts. 

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Master in Anti-Corruption Studies – Apply Now

Are you interested in anti-corruption or compliance issues and looking for a career in an innovative field of management and compliance? Would you like to study at a leading anti-corruption institution in Europe together with students from all over the world? Do you have a Bachelor degree or higher?

Then the Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) programme is just what you are looking for! The application period is open now and closes on 31 May. The programme is scheduled to start in October 2015.

The MACS offers a post-graduate experience for working professionals that excels in collaborative, interdisciplinary study and brings students and faculty from different backgrounds together to address real-world challenges. It aims to encourage professionals to join the fight against corruption and adopt compliance and integrity stances in future leadership roles.

As an “in career” programme, the MACS combines seven intensive ten-day modules across two years. The modules examine corruption from the perspectives of economics, business, politics, and law, focusing on both enforcement and prevention. Students are required to defend their Master Theses in order to graduate.

The programme academic consortium includes professors Susan Rose-Ackerman (Yale University, United States), Nikos Passas (Northeastern University, United States), and Mark Pieth (Basel University, Switzerland). Each module is delivered by leading experts in their fields, carefully selected to enrich the perspectives of the students.

Potential candidates must hold a Bachelor or an equivalent degree and have a good command of the English language. A minimum of three years of relevant work experience or a proven record of academic research in anti-corruption and/or compliance is also required. Business executives, compliance officers, public officials, media representatives, academics, and civil society advocates from around the world are encouraged to apply.

IACA´s programmes and certificates are formally accredited by the laws of its seat state, Austria, in accordance with the European Bologna Process.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Kuwait Joins IACA

Membership in IACA rose to 63 Parties yesterday after Kuwait’s accession to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization.

After Mali and Kyrgyzstan, Kuwait is the third country to join the organization as a Party this year.  The Agreement remains open for ratification for Signatories and for accession by United Nations Member States and international organizations.

Best of Luis Moreno Ocampo - Register Now

Join us for the fifth “Best of” seminar on 8 and 9 July and find out about Luis Moreno Ocampo’s pioneering work in investigating and prosecuting grand corruption cases. Register now for front row seats.

Over two days, participants will be led through real case studies and simulations on grand corruption and ethics, the functioning of corrupt networks, the role of international organizations, and the use of legal frameworks in controlling international corruption problems. With Luis Moreno Ocampo, they will examine the need for global action and discuss possible economic incentives to fight corruption.

Luis Moreno Ocampo served as Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court from 2003 to 2012. During his term, his office was involved in cases related to some of the most serious crises of the 21st century, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Korea, and Palestine. He started his career as a prosecutor in Argentina, combating corruption and prosecuting human rights abuses by senior military officials in the Trial of the Juntas and violations of the laws of war during the Malvinas-Falklands conflict.

The Best of Luis Moreno Ocampo seminar can conveniently be combined with the Anti-Corruption in Local Governance Training, taking place from 13 to 17 July. Click here for more information.

ICC - IACA Corruption Workshops: Register Now

The Austrian International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and IACA invite you to take part in two workshops on the worth of contracts and the dangers of alleged corruption in arbitral proceedings.

The workshops will take place back-to-back, from 7 - 8 May and 8 - 9 May, in Vienna, Austria. A group of international experts will present legal issues and discuss real cases, highlighting the complexities of corruption in business, the civil law consequences, possible costs for business, and response mechanisms. Participants wishing to have a special situation discussed can anonymously submit questions as well.

A detailed programme and the registration form can be found in the PDF document below.

Participants registering through IACA are entitled to a 10% discount. All registrations should be submitted to Natascha Mottl, ICC at n.mottl.@icc-austria.org.

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Anti-Corruption in Local Governance – Apply Now

Learn all you need to know about building your own local anti-corruption strategy this summer. Applications for our Anti-Corruption in Local Governance Training, taking place from 13 to 17 July, are now open.

The power of local governance is that small changes directly impact people’s lives, their education, health services, and road infrastructure. This five-day training addresses key integrity issues at the municipal and regional levels, from procurement and licensing fraud to nepotism and the abuse of assets. Participants will actively develop an anti-corruption strategy related to their home situation and contribute to knowledge sharing through discussions, problem solving, and case studies.

The training is delivered by Robert Klitgaard, Professor at Claremont Graduate University, Ronald MacLean-Abaroa, former mayor of La Paz, Bolivia and World Bank expert, and Nikos Passas, Member of IACA’s Master in Anti-Corruption Studies Programme Consortium and Professor at Northeastern University.

Mayors, local politicians, regional government administrators, municipal leaders, experts from ombudsman offices and local anti-corruption organizations, and governance experts from development organizations are encouraged to apply. More information can be found here.

The Anti-Corruption in Local Governance Training can be combined with the Summer Academy (2 - 11 July) or the Best of Luis Moreno Ocampo (8 - 9 July). Please observe the application deadlines for these trainings.

Meeting with Czech and Austrian Ministers of Justice

On 26 January, Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA, met with H.E. Helena Valkova, Minister of Justice of the Czech Republic, and H.E. Wolfgang Brandstetter, Minister of Justice of Austria.

The meeting formed part of a larger event at the Austrian Central Public Prosecutor’s Office for Combatting Economic Crimes and Corruption that focused on exchanging experiences on specialized anti-corruption authorities in Europe. Mr. Kreutner, who had been invited to share his expertise on the matter, also discussed future cooperation between the Czech Republic and IACA with Minister Valkova.

The Czech Republic has been a Party to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization since summer 2011.

Legal Incentives for Corporate Integrity Training – Apply Now!

We are now accepting applications for the second Legal Incentives for Corporate Integrity Training, taking place from 4 to 6 May 2015. Applications close on 22 March.

Besides traditional enforcement practices, the training will focus on contributing to the creation of a system of legal incentives to support private actors’ integrity efforts, and in particular that of self-reporting. It provides technical assistance for the implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) and facilitates private actors’ compliance with the 10th principle of the UN Global Compact.

Anti-corruption experts, business executives, governmental representatives, civil society actors, and academics with a minimum of three years of relevant work experience are encouraged to apply. Tuition fee waivers are offered to participants from Least Developed Countries on a competitive basis.

For more information about the training and to apply, please click here.

You can read about Sandra Orihuela’s experiences at last year’s Legal Incentives for Corporate Integrity Training here.

Kyrgyzstan Joins IACA

Kyrgyzstan acceded to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization on Monday, 19 January.

With this accession, the number of Parties to the Agreement has risen to 62; 59 UN Member States and three international organizations.

Kyrgyzstan is the second country to join IACA this year. The Agreement remains open for ratification for Signatories and for accession by UN Member States and international organizations.

MACS Students Back on Campus

The in-class phase of Module II of the Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) started yesterday, focusing on disciplinary perspectives in the fight against corruption. Students will be on campus for the next two weeks.

The first week is devoted to courses on microeconomics theories and models of corruption, taught by Tina Søreide, followed by research methods with Sandra Corlett, and drivers for personal and organizational (dis)honesty with Seumas Miller. Next week, Johann Graf Lambsdorff will take the students through macroeconomic theories and models of corruption, the economic consequences and effects of corruption, and measuring corruption.

Thirty working professionals are taking part in MACS 2014 – 2016; from public relations officers to humanitarian workers and compliance managers. The countries represented include Afghanistan, Angola, Austria, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Brazil, El Salvador, Germany, India, Italy, Liberia, Malaysia, Netherlands, Nigeria, Serbia, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, and Uganda.

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