International Anti-Corruption Summer School for Students and Young People, Asia Edition: APPLICATIONS OPEN

Corruption is a complex social, political, and economic phenomenon with far-reaching consequences to the economic development, stability, and environment, among others. It undermines the institutions, civic and ethical values, and justice. Numerous everyday situations represent a challenge to individual integrity and ethical judgement, therefore combating such a complex phenomenon requires multiple and collective approaches, including education programmes that contribute to transforming societal attitudes and practices and empower future generations to resist and prevent corruption.

International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) are joining forces to organize the first international anti-corruption summer school for students and young people from Asia.

The 7-day programme will seek to equip students and young people with ethical skills and mindsets and will raise awareness among them of the values and principles of integrity, ethics, and anti-corruption. Summer School is designed for young enthusiastic individuals that want to become ethical agents of change in their environment and will equip them with knowledge on how to identify, resist, and prevent corruption. The programme will offer insights into both theoretical and practical knowledge on what corruption is and what are its harmful impacts on the society.

The first edition of the International Anti-Corruption Summer School is open to interested applicants who are 18 – 29 years old, and are nationals of Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia or Nepal. Number of places in the programme is limited, and participants will be selected based on their language ability, educational background, personal interest in the topic, and motivation.

International Anti-Corruption Summer School – Asia will be delivered online, in an interactive manner and will include seven substantive topics. The training sessions will be delivered by internationally renowned professors or practitioners, sharing their knowledge and experience in the field of anti-corruption, and enriching the classes with practical examples, thus providing a unique insight of the sessions’ topics.

Upon successful completion of the International Anti-Corruption Summer School - Asia, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion of the programme from IACA and UNODC.

The International Anti-Corruption Summer School – Asia will be conducted in the English language. Participation in the summer school is free of charge. The programme is financially supported by the Republic of Austria.

New master programme in anti-corruption and diplomacy

A new master programme in Anti-Corruption and Diplomacy (MACD), developed jointly by IACA and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), has been launched and is now open for applications on IACA’s website.

The MACD is an in-career postgraduate academic programme which will be delivered over 18 months, commencing on 20 September 2021. The programme offers a series of interdisciplinary modules which concentrate on concepts and practical tools for preventing and countering corruption, and diplomacy.

The programme carries a total of 90 ECTS in subjects and cross–cutting themes relating to economics, behavioural science, ethics, law, compliance, international law, diplomatic activities, including digital and cyber diplomacy, as well as essential skills for an international career such as negotiations, leadership, effective writing, public speaking and stakeholder coordination and engagement. 

Graduating students will receive an internationally recognized MA degree. They will also join IACA’s alumni network of anti-corruption and compliance professionals from more than 160 countries and jurisdictions.

The programme will be delivered online and on campus (in Geneva and Laxenburg/Vienna).

For more information and to apply, click here.

IACA opens registration for its Online “Best Of” Seminar with Guido Palazzo

Registration for the long awaited edition of IACA’s “Best Of” Seminar is now open. The Seminar will feature Professor Guido Palazzo from the University of Lausanne and is scheduled to take place during the last weekend of June in an online format. The agenda includes case studies and discussions of ethical blindness, why and how leaders push their organizations to the dark side of the force, and what can be done to reduce such costly risks. More information about the programme, fees, discounts and application form can be found here.

IACA Dean meets Mayor of Vienna

IACA Dean, Mr. Thomas Stelzer, and the Mayor of Vienna, Mr. Michael Ludwig, met to discuss cooperation in the fight against corruption. During the discussions at the Vienna Rathaus (City Hall), both interlocutors agreed to jointly explore avenues for future initiatives.

IACA Board of Governors meets

The IACA Board of Governors held its first meeting of the year on 12 March to discuss the recent and future IACA activities, preparations for the 10th session of the Assembly of Parties, as well as the current financial and staffing situation of the Academy, among other matters. 

This online meeting was presided over by Mr. Alexey Konov, the Chairperson of the Board. Members serve in their individual capacity and come from all regions of the globe, as well as from the United Nations.

IACA celebrates International Women’s Day

Along with its anniversary, IACA also joins the celebration of International Women’s Day with a strong commitment to Sustainable Development Goal of gender equality (SDG 5).

IACA mainstreams gender considerations into its academic programmes and trainings and encourages increased female participation in the field of anti-corruption through scholarships and work experience opportunities.

Since its inception, IACA is committed to ensuring gender balance (in a spectrum of 45-55%) in the selection and recruitment of its staff. IACA has maintained such gender balance, with over 50% of female staff at present.

As part of the International Gender Champions Initiative, The Dean of IACA, Mr. Thomas Stelzer, expressed the will to pursue gender equality and women empowerment in the fight against corruption. These issues, which are prominent on IACA’s agenda, are mainstreamed throughout all SDGs and at the same time reflected specifically in Goals 5 (gender equality) and 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions). The Dean also stressed that IACA is committed to boosting the empowerment of women in the fight against corruption and that women in all spheres and levels of our society must be agents of change and agents of defeating corruption.

Austria contributes funds to IACA

The Republic of Austria has transferred EUR 500,000 to IACA as an additional contribution to the Academy’s budget for the year 2020. Thus, the overall amount contributed by Austria for 2020 is EUR 800,000.

Having become a Party to IACA in 2010, Austria has been actively supporting the Academy ever since. Financial contributions by Austria play a crucial role in supporting IACA’s activities which empower anti-corruption and compliance professionals across the globe.

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

FACTI panel report published

The final report of the High-Level Panel on International Financial Accountability, Transparency and Integrity for Achieving the 2030 Agenda (FACTI panel) has been officially launched today at an event consisting of a high-level segment and a moderated panel discussion.

The launch marks the culmination of a year of work by the expert FACTI Panel members. The report comprises evidence-based recommendations and priority actions, with the aim to contribute to the overall efforts undertaken by Member States to implement the 2030 Agenda. The report calls on governments to agree to a Global Pact for Financial Integrity for Sustainable Development, restoring the amounts lost in financial crimes such as tax abuse, corruption, and money laundering in order to redirect them to finance essential action on poverty, the climate crisis, or COVID-19 recovery.

In a separate event on 2 March, IACA’s Dean, Mr. Thomas Stelzer, will present the report to the Permanent Missions in Vienna. This briefing is organized jointly by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime and the FACTI Panel Secretariat and seeks to foster further engagement and dialogue on the recommendations contained in the report.

In the framework set by the FACTI panel to promote financial integrity for sustainable development, IACA will continue to support initiatives and to lead efforts in anti-corruption through education.

Ambassador of Argentina Presents Credentials

On 24 February 2021, H.E. Mr. Gustavo Eduardo Ainchil, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Argentine 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).

The Argentine Republic had participated in the IACA Inaugural Conference in 2010 and ratified The Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization on 14 January 2014.

Modules 2 of MACS & IMACC 2020 students in progress

Students of IACA’s two master’s programmes started their second module live sessions on 8 February 2021. The second module of MACS 2020 is on ‘Corruption, Law, and International Initiatives’ and of IMACC 2020 is on ‘Anti-Corruption Compliance: National and International Legal Framework and Initiatives’.

In framework of these modules, students attend joint sessions regarding the international anti-corruption instruments and initiatives, transnational application of anti-corruption national laws as well as anti-money laundering and financial crime protection. All students will also attend an interesting discussion on the ‘Germany’s Perspective on Ratification of International Treaties vs National Laws’ with an expert in this field.

In the separated sessions, MACS students will focus on the rule of law and human rights in relation to corruption, as well as on illicit financial flows. The IMACC students will study the role of collective action in preventing and reducing corruption and different standards of compliance.

The second module live sessions will end in the first week of March 2021 and after that, the students will start their post-study phase.

Open Modules of Master Programmes

The International Anti-Corruption Academy  is delighted to open all modules of its Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) and International Master in Anti-Corruption Compliance and Collective Action (IMACC) programmes to interested and qualified participants.

Like regular IMACC and MACS students, accepted participants  will have to satisfy all academic requirements of the module, including pre- and post-module written assignments, and attend all classes within the chosen module (taking 12-13 weeks).

Each module carries from 11 to 14 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits depending on the workload. In addition, following the successful completion of the module a Certificate of Completion will be awarded by IACA. Read more to find out more about the open courses or contact us

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