Armenia contributes funds to IACA

The Republic of Armenia has contributed EUR 1.000 to IACA for 2021. The voluntary contribution is greatly appreciated as it facilitates the organization’s work in empowering anti-corruption and compliance professionals across the globe. As an IACA Party since 2014, Armenia has been actively supporting the Academy during the last years.

Voluntary contributions by Parties are mentioned as a core element of the organization’s financing under Article XI.(1).a of the IACA Agreement.

Ambassador of Nigeria Presents Credentials

On 14 June 2021, H.E. Mr. Suleiman Dauda UMAR, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the International Organizations in Vienna, presented his credentials to Mr. Thomas Stelzer, Dean and Executive Secretary of the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA).

Nigeria ratified the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization on 30 December 2010.

Tailor-made Training for Representatives of Anti-Corruption Law Enforcement and Financial Intelligence Units of BRICS Countries

Last week IACA delivered a three-day online tailor-made training for representatives of anti-corruption law enforcement and financial intelligence units of BRICS countries and professionals from compliance, risk management and procurement departments of the New Development Bank (NDB). The training programme was jointly organized by IACA and the NDB to strengthen regional capacities in fighting corruption while focusing on emergency response and economic recovery programmes.

Sessions were delivered by Rebecca Li (anti-corruption, financial crime investigation and corporate governance consultant and Expert Advisor to the Hong Kong Independent Non-Executive Director Association), Neil Smith (OSINT training & research specialist), Pawan Kumar Sinha (Director of Academic Programmes Department at IACA) and Eduard Ivanov (Professor and Senior Researcher at IACA). Thematic areas included tackling corruption in the age of Covid-19, open source investigation techniques, emerging technologies, and combating legalization of proceeds gained from corruption.

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 about the Academy’s tailor-made training programmes, click here

Ambassador of Syria Presents Credentials

On 14 June 2021, H.E. Mr. Hasan Khaddour, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the International Organizations in Vienna, presented his credentials to Mr. Thomas Stelzer, Dean and Executive Secretary of the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA).

Syria ratified The Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization on 04 October 2011.

IACA Summer Academy 2021: Applications Open

The 2021 edition of the IACA Summer Academy is now open for applications. The International Anti-Corruption Summer Academy is an intensive, interdisciplinary programme that addresses trends and practices on the global anti-corruption agenda and promotes a culture of the reflective practitioner. It is geared to professionals from around the world, with relevant work experience in the public or private sector, international or non-governmental organizations, as well as media representatives, graduate students, and researchers in areas related to anti-corruption and/or compliance.  Persons with limited experience able to demonstrate and document their particular interest in the field of anti-corruption may also apply.

This year, due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, IACA Summer Academy 2021 will be delivered in an online format in the period from 4 to 10 September 2021. The programme will include live sessions and a panel discussion.

IACA Summer Academy 2021 will once again bring together leading practitioners and academics in the field of anti-corruption and compliance. They will share their knowledge and experience with participants through case studies, real-time discussions, and interactive sessions. Coming from diverse backgrounds and with vast cross-sectoral experience, the expert lecturers will contribute to enhancing competences and gaining hands-on skills of the participants in an international setting. Participants will benefit from high-level peer discussion and subsequently they will join the Academy’s alumni network of anti-corruption and compliance professionals from more than 160 countries.

IACA will offer a limited number of scholarship to the nationals of eligible countries, as well as discounts according to the Preferential Treatment Scheme.

For more information and to apply, please visit IACA Summer Academy web page. Applications will be open until 13 August 2021.  

Online course on Handling Conflicts of Interest in the Public Sector

IACA has launched English language version of a new online self-study course on Handling Conflicts of Interest in the Public Sector. The course highlights key elements that should be considered by national legislator when introducing or reforming anti-corruption measures to prevent public officials from misusing their duties for personal gains.

This course is part of the e-learning project financially co-sponsored by the Russian Federation. The aim of the project is to develop online courses in English and Russian on the key topics of asset disclosure and conflict of interest management in public and private sectors.

More information about the course and registration is available here.

IACA contributes to UNGA Special Session Against Corruption

IACA Dean and Executive Secretary, Mr. Thomas Stelzer, addressed today the first-ever United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) Against Corruption (2-4 June 2021, UNHQ, New York). In his statement, IACA Dean welcomed the fact that the Political Declaration, adopted by the Special Session, calls for strengthening IACA’s relationship with the UNODC and other UN entities and recognises the importance of education and training for anti-corruption efforts. “I firmly trust that we will capitalise on the momentum that has been built and set in motion the initiatives which can turn the tide in the global fight against corruption” said Mr. Stelzer in his statement (view the recording or see the text).

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In the margins of the Special Session, IACA, the Republic of Austria, and UNODC co-organized a joint side event on “Anti-Corruption Education and Research for Sustainable Development”(view the recorded side event). The event focused on the role of education and research in fighting corruption, strengthening the rule of law and implementing the UN 2030 Agenda. The purpose of the debate was to raise awareness of the importance of anti-corruption education and training in all sectors of society for creating inclusive and sustainable socio-economic development, greater equality and equity, and fair and just societies, as well as for reducing poverty. The panellists underlined that effective anti-corruption efforts must go beyond legal and institutional approaches and seek to transform societal attitudes and practices. Moreover, they stressed that education is a crucial instrument for promoting a culture of integrity and resilience to corruption.  

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IACA discusses cooperation with the Sovereign Order of Malta

VIENNA, 28 May 2021 - Ambassador Günther A. Granser, Permanent Representative of the Sovereign Order of Malta to the United Nations in Vienna, has met with the Dean of IACA, Mr. Thomas Stelzer, and IACA's Senior Advisor for Development and Institutional Relations, Ms. Claudia Arthur-Flatz, to discuss cooperation.

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