Afghan Ambassador and Women without Borders discuss anti-corruption capacity-building with IACA.

VIENNA/LAXENBURG, 28 April 2021 - Afghanistan's new Ambassador in Austria, H.E. Manizha Bakhtari, and the Executive Director of Women without Borders, Dr. Edit Schlaffer, have 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 on anti-corruption capacity building for women in Afghanistan.

Ms. Manizha Bakhtari assumed her duties as Afghanistan's Ambassador in Austria and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Vienna earlier this year. She was previously Afghan ambassador to the Nordic Countries, and prior to that served as the Chief of Staff of the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Ms. Edith Schlaffer founded Women without Borders in 2001. It  is an international non-profit organisation, headquartered in Vienna, which focuses on female leadership, capacity building, gender-based violence, intercultural dialogue and preventing violent extremism.

Online course on Using Asset Disclosure to Detect Indicators of Corruption launched

IACA has just launched English language version of a new online self-paced course on Using Asset Disclosure to Detect Indicators of Corruption. The course highlights key elements that should be considered when establishing or reforming an asset declaration system, explains alternative solutions used or discussed by countries, and compares advantages and disadvantages of various approaches.

This course is developed in cooperation with Russian anti-corruption experts and 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 following key topics - asset disclosure and conflict of interest management in public and private sectors.

More information about the course and registration is available here.

10th Eurasian Anti-Corruption Forum

On 20 April 2021 IACA co-organized together with the Accounting Chamber of the Russian Federation and the Institute for Legislation and Comparative Law under the Government of the Russian Federation the 10th Eurasian Anti-Corruption Forum devoted to "Constitutional waymarks in combating corruption". The President of the Russian Federation, Mr. Vladimir Putin, and other high-level officials of the Russian Federation sent congratulatory letters to the conference.

The event was chaired by the Director of the Institute of Legislation and Comparative Law, Ms. Thaliya Khabrieva. Members of various official structures, academia, and business took part in the event alongside with representatives of international bodies, such as the Collective Security Treaty Organization, the Eurasian Economic Forum, the Commonwealth of Independent States, the Union State, the Eurasian Development Bank, and the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.

Discussions within the Forum focused on the constitutional and legal foundations of anti-corruption reforms in various countries, as well as their impact on the improvement of anti-corruption legislation and its application in practice. The discussions of the plenary session were continued on nine round tables and breakout sessions.

IACA was represented by its Chief of Staff, Mr. Jaroslaw Pietrusiewicz, who, in particular, expressed hope for a close interaction and inclusive partnerships between the Academy and the anti-corruption authorities, as well as educational and research centres of IACA member States, such as the Institute for Legislation and Comparative Law.

The recording of the plenary session is available on the following


Conference on Global Importance of IACA and Comparative Strategies in Combating Corruption

On 20 April, the Dean of the International Anti-Corruption Academy, Mr. Thomas Stelzer, participated in the conference on "Global Importance of IACA and Comparative Strategies in Combating Corruption". The event was the first in a series of High-Level Conferences on Compliance, Anti-Corruption, and International Cooperation: Global Aspects. It was organized by the World Compliance Association - Colombia Chapter in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Colombia, the Embassy of Austria in Colombia, and IACA.

In addition to the Dean of IACA, other members of the Panel were: Ms. Adriana Mejía (Vice Minister of Multilateral Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Colombia), Mr. Diego Cabezuela (International President of the WCA), Ms. Michèle Ramis (Ambassador of France to Colombia), Ms. Patricia Llombart (Ambassador of the European Union to Colombia), Mr. Daniel Rodriguez (Chair of the Colombian Chapter of ICC Commission on Corporate Responsibility and Anti-corruption). The event was moderated by Mr. Carlos Betancourt (President of the Colombia Chapter – World Compliance Association).

The purpose of the conference was to contribute to and strengthen the knowledge required to develop academic capacities and enhance international cooperation on the fight against corruption. The speakers underlined that as corruption is a transnational phenomenon with many forms and manifestations, to fight it the international community need to work toward strengthening compliance, transparency, and accountability in both the public and private sectors. In this context the role played by normative frameworks, such as the UN Convention against Corruption, the UN 2030 Agenda process, as well as regional initiatives led by OAS, OECD, UNODC and the European Union was particularly highlighted.

In his address the Dean of IACA called for the strengthening of international anti-corruption efforts and said that this can only be achieved if workable frameworks for international cooperation are created.  In his view, one of the vital areas for international cooperation is the anti-corruption training, capacity-building, and research. The Dean added that over the last ten years IACA provided a substantive contribution in this area and is willing to open up more opportunities for collaboration and partnerships that will increase its capacity to spread anti-corruption knowledge.

The event was recorded and can be watched using the following link.

The last Module for MACS 2019 students has started!

Module 7, “Corruption Prevention and the Future of Anti-Corruption” is the last module for MACS 2019 students. It started with its intensive pre-study phase followed by online live sessions that commenced on 6 April 2021 and will end on 29 April 2021.

During the initial part of the module, students deepen their knowledge on research methods in the anti-corruption field and on the problem of corruption in the local governance using the anti-corruption methodology also called “A-C Methodology”.

Further, they will study corruption in the context of humanitarian aid and will get familiar with its practical and political aspects. The students will also learn about the possible obstacles to starting and running an anti-corruption outfit. Additionally, they will analyze successful anti-corruption reforms and discuss the future of the anti-corruption agenda.

At the final stage, the students will interact with the Dean of IACA, Mr. Thomas Stelzer, during the ‘Expert Talk’ on the UN and international anti-corruption initiatives. This session will also be followed by closing remarks by Mr. Stelzer for both MACS and IMACC 2019 classes. 

Call for Papers: Anti-Corruption Symposium, 18-19 November 2021, Vienna, Austria

Between 18 and 19 November 2021, the Anti-Corruption Law Interest Group of the American Society of International Law (ACLIG), the World Bank’s Office of Suspension and Debarment (OSD) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)’s Anti-Corruption Division will organize in Vienna, Austria, an anti-corruption symposium on “Supranational Responses to Corruption.”

The organizers are inviting paper or short essay proposals from scholars, private sector professionals, international organizations professionals, policymakers, public officials, civil society organizations, and the broader international anti-corruption community. The deadline to submit aproposal is 15 May 2021. More information regarding the proposals can be found in the Call for Papers.

The symposium is expected to discuss ideas, plans, and priorities emerging from the first United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on corruption, scheduled to take place at the UN Headquarters in New York, in June 2021, and the Group of Twenty (G20) Anti-Corruption Working Group’s meetings in 2021.

IACA, World Economic Forum – Partnering Against Corruption Initiative (PACI), and the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs will collaborate in organizing this symposium.

More information regarding logistical arrangements, including the  format of the meeting, will follow.

Tailor-made Trainings for Corruption Eradication Commission of Indonesia

From 23 March to 1 April IACA implemented two online tailor-made trainings for participants from the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) of Indonesia. The trainings were developed in cooperation with the German Corporation for International Cooperation GmbH (GIZ) / Assistance in Preventing and Combating Corruption (APCC) and focused on open source investigation techniques and organizational integrity.

Sessions were delivered by renowned professionals including Paul Myers (investigative journalist, UK), Yung Sang Lee (partner in the Dispute Resolution Group at Yulchon, Republic of Korea), Neil Smith (OSINT training & research specialist, UK), and Katalin Pallai (independent policy expert and former Associate Professor of the National University for Public Service, Hungary). Both groups were actively engaged in the online lectures, interactive exercises, group work, and case studies.

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 Afghanistan Presents Credentials

On 31 March 2021, H.E. Ms. Manziha Bakhtari, Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the International Organizations in Vienna, presented her credentials to Mr. Thomas Stelzer, Dean and Executive Secretary of the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA).

Afghanistan ratified The Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization on 25 March 2013.

IACA included in the OECD’s list of ODA-eligible international organizations

IACA has been included in the OECD Annex 2 List of ODA (official development assistance) eligible international organizations, with a 100% coefficient for core contributions. Thus, all IACA activities are now considered as fully ODA-eligible by the OECD. Furthermore, those members of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the OECD that decide to provide contributions to the core budget of IACA will be able to report such contributions as ODA in whole.

This decision is of particular importance, as it is expected to facilitate IACA’s development-oriented activities and stimulate DAC member countries to consider providing financial support to IACA’s development assistance activities. In particular, such support would allow IACA to enhance its initiatives to facilitate the implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) in fields such as education, training, and technical assistance, as well as the achievement of the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDG 16.

IACA activities are developmental and operational in nature. Through its training and capacity-building activities delivered to anti-corruption and compliance professionals and other practitioners from developing countries, particularly Least Developed Countries (LDCs), IACA contributes to building resilient national criminal law systems to fight corruption efficiently on the basis of the rule of law.

IACA will continue developing relevant anti-corruption educational projects benefitting the ODA eligible countries, listed under the following link:

FACTI Panel Briefing in Southeast Europe

Mr. Thomas Stelzer, Dean of IACA, has participated in the FACTI Panel briefing in Southeast Europe. The aim of the session was to raise the awareness of the civil society actors and government officials about the FACTI Panel recommendations to reform and revitalize the frameworks, mechanisms, and tools for enhancing financial integrity and transparency.

In the opening remarks, the Dean reviewed the recommendations contained in the FACTI panel report, highlighting those relating to the following topics: firstly, protection of non-state actors and their inclusion in financial integrity policy-making; and secondly, transparency and open public data policies and tools. He also explained IACA’s contribution in such areas, particularly transparency, whistleblower protection, and participation of non-state actors in policy-making.

Moreover, in his final remarks, the Dean summarized the main conclusions related to these two topics, emphasizing that the fight against corruption is a shared interest, as well as the need to connect the normative level with the implementation level, for which research remains essential to prioritize and fill the gaps.

Speakers in the panels included Ms. Slagjana Taseva (Chair at Transparency International Macedonia and Member of the Academic Advisory Board of the IACA), Ms. Flutura Kusari (Legal Advisor at the European Center for Press and Media Freedom), Ms. Kristina Voko (Country Director of BIRN Albania), Mr. Vladimir Radomirović (Editor-in-chief at Pištaljka, Trustee of Whistleblowing International Network), Mr. Dejan Milovac (MANS), and Ms. Aneta Arnaudovska (Senior Anti-Corruption Advisor at Regional Anti-Corruption Initiative).

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