IACA's Constituency Grows

With Botswana’s recent accession to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization, the number of IACA Parties has grown to a total of 58. Botswana is the sixth state in the African Group to join IACA as a Party.

The country’s accession comes timely ahead of 19 September – the deadline for states and international organizations to deposit their respective instruments of ratification, accession, acceptance or approval, in order to be considered Parties at the third session of IACA’s Assembly of Parties (19 - 21 November), and thus enjoy voting rights.

Spanish Ambassador Presents Credentials

On 9 September, H.E. Gonzalo de Salazar Serantes, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Spain to the International Organizations in Vienna, presented his credentials to Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA.

Spain is a Party to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization since December 2011.

32nd Cambridge Symposium Unfolds This Week

Which advantages and vulnerabilities does today’s information orientated society present us with in fighting and protecting ourselves from economic crime? How is it a shield, sword or Achilles heel?

Under this notion, the 32nd Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime opened at Jesus College on 1 September. This non-profit event, established to promote meaningful international cooperation in the fight against financial crime, is supported by IACA for the second year in a row.

Over the course of this week, expert international speakers guide more than a dozen plenary sessions on the use and misuse of information – from cybercrime to money laundering and compliance risk. There is also ample opportunity for interaction and further discussion in a number of specialized workshops and think tank activities. As in previous years, the programme includes a host of other issues of pressing concern to those seeking to protect the integrity and stability of financial institutions and the wider economy. For the full programme, consult the PDF document below.

More than 1,500 delegates from around the world are taking part this year – ministers, legislators, judges, regulators, intelligence and security officers, financial intermediaries, compliance and risk officers, scholars, etc.

IACA’s Dean and Executive Secretary, Martin Kreutner, delivered a keynote address on Monday morning.

Tailor-Made Training for the ACRC of Korea

From 28 August to 3 September 2014, 26 officials from the Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission (ACRC) of the Republic of Korea participated in a five-day, tailor-made training by IACA. This training served as a follow-up to that of November 2013.

The participants profited from a varied programme, combining on-site lectures with field trips to relevant organizations in Vienna. Lectures focused on the corruption phenomenon, international and national anti-corruption practices, preventions tools, as well as organizational integrity in the public sector. For the fieldtrips, they met with representatives from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the Secretary General of the International Ombudsman Institute (IOI), and the Austrian Public Prosecutor for White-Collar Crime and Corruption.

The ACRC and IACA have a long-standing partnership of expertise exchange and cooperation in the fight against corruption, initiated through a Memorandum of Understanding in 2012.

Second Edition of the Procurement Anti-Corruption Training Kicked Off

The second edition of the Procurement Anti-corruption Training started this Monday. The programme aims at reducing corruption in public procurement by training professionals from around the world in sound anti-corruption strategies and models for addressing corruption risk in procurement.

Participation is diverse – from public administration representatives and procurement officials to anti-corruption advocates and legal specialists from the private sector.

The one-month programme includes a two-week pre-training phase followed by a week of on-site training at the IACA campus, and concluding with a one-week follow-up phase.

During the sessions this week and next, participants will be briefed on current trends in anti-corruption and will be asked to identify topics on procurement strategies for their research papers. On 15 September they will join Professor Christopher Yukins, one of the leading international experts in the field, and Max Kaiser from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México at our campus for a week of interactive learning.

19th APEC Anti-Corruption and Transparency Working Group convenes in Beijing

From 13 – 15 August 2014, the APEC member economies convened for the 19th Meeting of the Anti-Corruption and Transparency (ACT) Working Group in Beijing, People's Republic of China (PRC).

Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA, Martin Kreutner, attended the High-Level APEC Anti-Corruption Workshop on Combating Business Bribery as well as other meetings in the framework of the APEC Anti-Corruption and Transparency (ACT) Working Group. In the high-level workshop, the member economies shared their progress in fighting corruption and the most recent anti-corruption measures taken on the domestic level. In his opening address, the Minister of Supervision of the PRC, H.E. Huang Shuxian, especially highlighted the efforts of his country to combat corruption both in the private as well as the public sector. Next to the proceedings of the Working Group, Mr. Kreutner bilaterally met with Minister Huang Shuxian as well as Director-General of the Department of International Cooperation of the Ministry of Supervision, Mr. Fu Kui, to discuss technical details on the People’s Republic of China's accession to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization. The next session of the ACT Working Group will be chaired by the Republic of the Philippines with a forthcoming meeting of this working group envisaged to take place in the first quarter of 2015.

Financial Contribution from Malaysia

IACA received a contribution in the amount of 100,000 EUR from the government of Malaysia in July, directed towards its general budget 2014. The generous financial assistance comes at a time to support the growing work of the organization and allow it to strengthen its capacities.

It will primarily serve to continue the implementation of the Work Programme 2014-2016, unanimously adopted by IACA Parties in Bangkok last December. The contribution was discussed and announced back in May during a bilateral meeting between Senator Datuk Paul Low Seng Kuan, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of Governance, Integrity, and Human Rights, and Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA. Malaysia, a Founding Member of IACA, has been an adamant supporter of IACA from the outset.

Last MACS Module - Prevention

After concepts and theories, politics, economics, business, law, and enforcement, the students of the Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) programme are back for their final module – prevention. There are 12 more days to go before the last lecture day for the intake.


This module focuses on challenges and best practices in the application of legal instruments, promoting public ethics and integrity, building an anti-corruption culture, awareness raising, and the analysis and anticipation of future trends. With the intention to expose students to the academic, practitioner, and policy aspects of prevention, IACA has brought in a mix of lecturers.

Stuart Gilman is here this week to talk about monitoring and evaluation strategies, asset declarations, codes of conduct, and procurement integrity, drawing on his decades of experience working at universities, non-profit organizations, and the United Nations. Sven Biermann will arrive midweek to share the findings of his multi-year project on motivating businesses to counter corruption, which has been tested through collective action initiatives in Egypt and Nigeria.

From next Monday on, the focus will shift to civil society, community integrity building, and the future of (anti)corruption and compliance. Topics will be covered by Professor Michael Levi, specializing in organized crime, corruption, fraud, money laundering and terrorism, Frederik Galtung, Chief Executive of a London-based NGO devoted to making public services work better for the poor, and Gary Hicky, a research expert with 20 years’ experience in both academic and practitioner environments.

After almost two years of coursework and assessments, the students will devote the rest of the year to work on their Master Theses before returning to Laxenburg in December for the academic defense of the Thesis and, if successful, graduation.

Ambassador of Chile Presents Credentials

On 24 July, H.E. Armin Ernesto Andereya Latorre, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Chile to the International Organizations in Vienna, presented his credentials to Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA.

The Republic of Chile is a founding member of IACA and a Party to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization since September 2013.

Ambassador of the Hellenic Republic Presents Credentials

On 24 July, the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Hellenic Republic to the International Organizations in Vienna, H.E. Chryssoula Aliferi, presented her credentials to IACA’s Dean and Executive Secretary, Martin Kreutner.

Greece signed the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization in December of 2010.

Reminder - Job Openings at IACA

IACA is still seeking highly qualified professionals with a strong commitment to the core values of the organization to fill a number of job openings. For details, application procedures, and deadlines, visit the Vacancies section of our website. Offers for secondment positions are also listed there.

IACA’s Anti-Corruption in Local Governance Training Comes to an end

This week, IACA welcomes participants from around the globe for the Academy’s latest programme - the Anti-Corruption in Local Governance Training.

Partakers, coming from a range of professional backgrounds, including investigators and policy advisors, have gathered in Laxenburg for five intense days to learn about various types of corruption in the local governance sector and to develop methods to improve integrity within their own government systems. Leading the training are several international experts including Robert Klitgaard of Claremont Graduate School, Ana Vasilache, Director of Partners Foundation for Local Development, and Ronald MacLean-Abaroa, former mayor of La Paz, Bolivia and World Bank expert.

Participants are learning about the implementation of anti-corruption policies and strengthened the skills needed for developing anti-corruption strategies within their local governments and city administrations, among other topics. “I think it is an amazing experience,” says Malika Aït-Mohamed Parent of the International Federation of Red Cross/Red Crescent Societies, “it is an opportunity to revisit our own stereotypes on corruption…it helps us to be more impassioned and rational, which helps us to be more effective.” The five day training also included a trip to the Vienna City Hall, the “Rathaus”, where participants enjoyed an informative presentation by Roland Walka, Head of the City of Vienna’s Anti-Corruption Hotline and Internal Auditing, on the prevention of corruption in the city of Vienna. Afterwards, the group had a guided tour through the halls of the stunning and historical Rathaus.

The participants will return to their home countries after a closing lecture on ethical dilemmas from Professor Jeroen Maesschalck, a professor at the Leuven Institute of Criminology.

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