IACA Celebrates its Sixth Anniversary

IACA marked its sixth anniversary as an international organization on 8 March by welcoming dozens of distinguished guests to a festive reception at its Laxenburg campus. Joining the celebrations were ambassadors and other members of the diplomatic community, heads of Vienna-based international organizations, members of IACA’s Board of Governors, and prominent officials from Austrian federal authorities and the municipality of Laxenburg.

Addressing the guests, Mr. Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary, highlighted some of IACA’s many achievements over the past year. These included further recognition in a UN General Assembly Resolution adopted in December 2016, as well as the Indian Government (again) acknowledging IACA’s Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) – together with long-term training programmes of only five other universities, namely Harvard, Oxford, Johns Hopkins, Duke, and Cambridge – as being recognized and supported under the Government’s Domestic Funding of Foreign Training (DFFT) Scheme.

Among other highlights were the signing in February 2017 of a memorandum of understanding with INTERPOL, one of the organization’s initiating partners, and the expansion of IACA’s alumni network of anti-corruption and compliance professionals to 151 countries and jurisdictions.

Looking forward, Mr. Kreutner announced the launch of the Academy’s new International Master in Anti-Corruption Compliance and Collective Action (IMACC), the first master’s programme specially designed for practitioners involved with the business sector in these fields. In addition, IACA has recently introduced a PhD programme in anti-corruption studies, with a small initial enrolment of students, as well as a new research fellowship programme for young researchers in the areas of anti-corruption, compliance, and/or collective action.

“All these achievements and exciting new initiatives would not be possible without the support and commitment of many stakeholders. I would like to thank IACA’s constituency, including our host country Austria, our colleagues in IACA’s Boards and the Bureau of the Assembly of Parties, IACA’s staff for their effort and dedication, and all our partners and friends. There is much still to do of course, but today, our sixth anniversary, is an occasion to celebrate!” Mr. Kreutner said.

The guests also watched a special photo story featuring highlights of IACA’s work during the last 12 months.

H.E. Mr. Rafael Grossi, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Argentine Republic to the International Organizations in Vienna and President of the Fifth Session of IACA’s Assembly of Parties, emphasized the importance of the Academy’s work in the context of realizing the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

His remarks were followed by those of Mr. Eduardo Vetere, who was unanimously re-elected as Chairperson of IACA’s Board of Governors at the Board’s meeting on 7 and 8 March.

IACA was initiated by INTERPOL, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), the Republic of Austria, and other stakeholders. It became an international organization on 8 March 2011 and currently has a constituency of 70 Parties, including three international organizations.

Professors from Russia’s National Research University – Higher School of Economics Visit IACA

On 9 and 10 March, a delegation from Russia’s National Research University – Higher School of Economics (HSE) visited IACA to discuss opportunities for future collaboration between the two organizations and current challenges and trends in the global fight against corruption.

The delegation was led by Prof. Anton Ivanov, Academic Supervisor of the Faculty of Law, and included Dean, Prof. Evgeny Salygin, and Deputy Dean, Prof. Sergey Markuntsov.   

During their two-day visit, the Russian professors also met with IACA’s academic team for a roundtable discussion on current challenges and trends in combatting corruption, such as public-private collaboration and collective action initiatives.  

The Russian Federation became a Party to the IACA Agreement in 2011. 

New IACA Research Fellowship Programme: Call for Applications

IACA is welcoming applications for a new research fellowship programme designed for highly qualified and motivated young researchers in the areas of anti-corruption, compliance, and/or collective action.

The three-month fellowships at IACA’s campus in Laxenburg, Austria will give successful candidates the opportunity to conduct innovative research in a multicultural environment at a unique global institution. The programme is open to all nationalities and applications may be submitted at any time.

Under the guidance of an IACA academic team member, they are expected to undertake research and writing in the areas of anti-corruption, compliance, and/or collective action. At the end of the programme each fellow will produce an article of publishable quality, which may be published by IACA at its discretion.

Candidates should have completed a postgraduate programme (master’s level or equivalent) in law, social or political sciences, economics, business, or another relevant field. Strong capabilities in conducting research, editing, and writing academic papers in the English language are essential.

Research fellows will receive financial support, which will cover a reasonable portion of their travel, accommodation, and daily expenses.

This fellowship programme is co-sponsored by the Siemens Integrity Initiative.

For more information and to apply, please click here.

Cooperation with the Business Sector, India

Martin Kreutner, IACA’s Dean and Executive Secretary, was the keynote speaker at the International Conference on “Striking the Right Balance: Integrating Ethical Business Practices” in New Delhi this week. The event was hosted by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), with IACA as an Associate Partner, and sought to encourage and aid companies in the adoption of responsible business practices through collaboration with stakeholders and the government.

The two-day conference was part of the CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development’s (CESD) project, “Promotion and Adoption of Responsible Business Practices by Corporates in India.”

Aside from his keynote address, Mr. Kreutner was also part of a panel on the “Business Case for Ethical Culture.” The forum discussed, among other topics, the role of education and the need for a better understanding of the relationship between the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) and anti-corruption efforts.

Furthermore, Mr. Kreutner was a special guest in an interactive session which focused on utilizing knowledge and methods from behavioural sciences in the implementation of effective compliance management systems (CMS). During the session, questions on the topic as well as questions on the global anti-corruption agenda were raised and answered.

While in New Delhi, Mr. Kreutner also had the opportunity to take part in a number of high-level meetings to discuss further collaboration between IACA and various organizations.

On 21 February, IACA’s delegation met with Central Vigilance Commissioner, Hon. Shri K.V. Chowdary to discuss potential avenues of further cooperation. IACA delivered well-received tailor-made trainings for groups of Indian senior vigilance officers and officials from public sector companies in the past. In the next months, the Academy will conduct another training for the CVC.

From the CII-ITC Center of Excellence for Sustainable Development (CESD), Mr. Kreutner met with Executive Director, Ms. S. Arora. During their meeting, the two discussed avenues of further collaboration with the private sector regarding compliance and sustainable development. He also provided Ms. Arora with information on IACA’s academic programmes, including the organization’s two Master programmes. 

Mr. Kreutner also met with Ms. S. Siddiqui, Executive Director, United Nations Global Compact Network India (GCNI), to discuss furthering collaboration between the two entities in the form of trainings and education.

IACA’s MACS programme is included by the Indian Government on a select list along with programmes offered by just five of the world’s leading universities (i.e., Harvard, Oxford, Johns Hopkins, Duke, and Cambridge). This recognition under the Government’s Domestic Funding of Foreign Training (DFFT) Scheme means that Indian public officials studying in the MACS programme are eligible to have their programme fee, travel, and accommodation paid by the Indian Government.

IACA Mission to Malaysia

On 19 and 20 February, Mr. Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA, paid a working visit to Malaysia for a number of high-level meetings and to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM).

During his visit, Mr. Kreutner had fruitful discussions with H.E. Senator Datuk Paul Low Seng Kuan, the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of Governance, Integrity, and Human Rights, to elaborate on further cooperation between IACA and Malaysia. H.E. Senator Datuk Paul Low Seng Kuan served as the Vice President of IACA’s Assembly of Parties in 2014 and 2015 and, until 2013, was the president of Transparency International - Malaysia.

IACA’s delegation also had the opportunity to meet H.E. Mr. Abu Kassim bin Mohamed, the Chief Advisor/Head of the Governance, Integrity, and Anti-Corruption Centre at the Universiti Teknologi MARA and the former Chief Commissioner of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC). He is currently a member of IACA’s Board of Governors and was a visiting expert at IACA from October 2016 to January 2017.

On an academic and co-operational note, IACA signed an MoU with Malaysia’s largest university, the Universiti Teknologi MARA, which establishes the framework for cooperation between the two organizations, including, inter alia, joint projects and activities on anti-corruption practices and theory. The document was signed by the head of UiTM, Dato’ Hassan Said, and by Mr. Kreutner, on behalf of IACA.

While in Kuala Lumpur, Mr. Kreutner had the opportunity to meet with representatives of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Academy (MACA) to elaborate on further avenues of collaboration. MACA hosted two modules of IACA’s Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) programme in May 2014 and January 2016, respectively.

Malaysia ratified the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization in November 2011.

MACS Students Discuss Politics and Corruption

Students from IACA’s 2016-2018 Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) programme finished the in-class portion of their second module, which covered Political Science and Corruption, last Friday. They come from 18 countries, including Afghanistan, Brazil, China, India, the Netherlands, and the United States.

The module ran from 6 to 17 February and was taught by Professors Mushtaq Khan (SOAS, University of London) and Michael Johnston (Colgate University), both of whom are members of IACA’s frequent visiting faculty. Aside from lectures, students also had the opportunity to visit the Public Prosecutor’s Office for Combating Economic Crimes and Corruption (WKStA) and the Austrian Court of Audit in Vienna.

The MACS is a two-year, in-career programme consisting of seven modules and a master’s thesis and is specifically designed for working professionals. Students from the first four intakes have come from about 40 countries and jurisdictions in all regions of the world.

Applications for the 2017 – 2019 class, which starts in October this year, are currently open. For more information and to apply, please click here

Students from Pantheon-Sorbonne University Visit IACA

An international group of master’s students from Pantheon-Sorbonne University visited IACA’s campus on Wednesday to learn more about the Academy and its work.

The students, who come from 14 countries, are part of the Paris-based university’s Master in International Administration programme, which aims to prepare them for careers in international civil service and diplomacy.

During their time at IACA the students had an interactive session with Mr. Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary, and took a tour of the campus. In the meeting the group learned about IACA’s history and mission, and its role in the global fight against corruption. Through their engagement and questions during the session, the students showed a keen interest in the Academy’s work and mandate and also in its internship programme.

Prestigious Recognition for the MACS Programme

IACA’s Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) has once again been included by the Indian Government on a select list along with programmes offered by just five of the world’s leading universities.

The Indian Government recognizes and supports the two-year MACS – together with long-term training programmes at Harvard, Oxford, Johns Hopkins, Duke, and Cambridge universities – under the Government’s Domestic Funding of Foreign Training (DFFT) Scheme.

This means that Indian public officials studying in the MACS programme are eligible to have their programme fee, travel, and accommodation paid by the Indian Government.

The first four MACS classes have consisted of working professionals from about 40 countries and jurisdictions in all regions of the world, including prize-winning students from India.

In the 2014–2016 class, which graduated last December, Mr. Navin Kumar Singh was honoured for having written the best master’s thesis with his work on “Noble Cause Corruption in India: Causes and Possible Solutions”.

And in the inaugural class of 2012-2014, Mr. Amit Kumar won the award for the most innovative thesis with “Impact Assessment of CBI Investigation in NRHM Scam in State of Uttar Pradesh, India: A Case Study of Two Districts”.

IACA is currently welcoming applications for the 2017–2019 MACS class, which starts in October this year. For more information and to apply, please click here.

Since its inception IACA has been recognized by numerous international bodies and other fora for its work in the area of anti-corruption and compliance education and capacity-building. In 2015 alone the Academy received explicit tribute in two United Nations resolutions.

IACA is recognized by the Republic of Austria as an institution of post-secondary education in accordance with the European Bologna process.

For more details about recognition of IACA, please click here.

Indian Ambassador Presents Credentials

On 9 February H.E. Ms. Renu Pall, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of India to the International Organizations in Vienna, presented her credentials to Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA.

India acceded to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization in July 2013.

Kuwait Pledges 100,000 USD to IACA

Kuwait today pledged a voluntary contribution of 100,000 USD to IACA in 2017 to support the Academy’s work in empowering anti-corruption and compliance professionals around the world.

H.E. Mr. Sadiq M. Marafi, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the State of Kuwait to the International Organizations in Vienna, announced the pledge during a meeting at IACA with Mr. Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary.

Today’s discussions also covered other themes of mutual interest, including opportunities to foster collaboration between IACA and Kuwait in the global fight against corruption.

The contribution will go to IACA’s general budget and will facilitate the implementation of education, training, and capacity-building activities under its Work Programme. Voluntary contributions by Parties are mentioned as a core element of the Academy’s financing under Article XI.(1).a of the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization (IACA Agreement).

Kuwait became a Party to the IACA Agreement in May 2015.

Procurement Anti-Corruption Training 2017 – Apply Now

Applications are now open for IACA’s annual Procurement Anti-Corruption Training, which will take place this year from 17 July to 18 August. The application deadline is 18 April.

The programme aims to equip professionals with sound anti-corruption strategies and expose them to the vulnerabilities of the public procurement process. Topics covered include, among others, corruption during emergencies, contract formations and performance, human rights, e-procurement, bribery, and collusion.

Comprising one week of on-site training (31 July to 4 August) at the Academy’s Laxenburg campus with distance learning, Procurement Anti-Corruption Training is taught by leading experts Christopher Yukins of the George Washington University Law School and Max Kaiser Aranda from the Mexican Institute for Competitiveness (IMCO). Both are members of IACA’s frequent visiting faculty.  

Participants who successfully complete the programme are entitled to receive 6 ECTS credits under the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System.

Professionals with a minimum of three years of relevant work experience dealing with procurement issues are encouraged to apply. The training is aimed at, among others, procurement officials, legal professionals, and compliance officials.

IACA offers a limited number of scholarships covering the programme fee, travel, and accommodation expenses. These scholarships are highly competitive and are available to citizens of Least Developed Countries (LDCs), as defined by the United Nations.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Drago Kos to Lead “Best Of” Seminar

IACA’s seventh “Best Of” seminar will take place on 4 and 5 July 2017 with Drago Kos, Chair of the OECD Working Group on Bribery and a member of IACA’s frequent visiting faculty. Registration closes on 16 April.

The “Best Of” seminars are aimed at professionals wanting to improve the design, management, and sustainability of their anti-corruption efforts. Each one is delivered by a preeminent anti-corruption authority who shares the “best of” his or her work.

During the two-day event, Mr. Kos will discuss the roles of anti-corruption agencies, the private sector, civil society, and individuals in fighting corruption, adapting anti-corruption methods to the times, the fight against corruption in conflict and post-conflict states, and more.

Aside from his OECD role, Drago Kos is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Regional Hub of Civil Service, Astana, Kazakhstan. He was an international commissioner in the Monitoring and Evaluation Committee in Afghanistan, the Chairman of the Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) for ten years, and the first Chairman of the Commission for the Prevention of Corruption in Slovenia. He was also Co-President of EPAC/EACN and Vice Chairman of the European Healthcare Fraud and Corruption Network. He was formerly a soccer player and UEFA/FIFA referee and is now a UEFA/FIFA referee observer.

Previous “Best Of” seminars have featured Professors Johann Graf Lambsdorff (University of Passau), Michael Johnston (Colgate University), Robert Klitgaard (Claremont Graduate University), Bo Rothstein (Oxford University), Susan Rose-Ackerman (Yale University), and Luis Moreno Ocampo (former Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court).

For more information and to register, please click here.

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