IACA Welcomes New Classes (2019 – 2021) of the International Master in Anti-Corruption Compliance and Collective Action (IMACC) and Master in Anti-Corruption Studies

IACA warmly welcomed students from five continents and 21 countries to its campus this week for their first classes in the International Master in Anti-Corruption Compliance and Collective Action (IMACC) Programme and the Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS). 

This is the seventh cohort to follow the Academy’s renowned MACS programme, developed mainly for public sector officials, and the second one for the master’s degree for business sector professionals. Students hail from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. The students’ professional backgrounds are as diverse as their countries of origin, with practitioners from public and private sectors, civil society, and international organizations.

Modules I covered “Concepts and Issues in Corruption” and “Introduction to Anti-Corruption Compliance and Collective Action Studies”, providing classes with an in-depth introduction to topics such as the politics of corruption and reform, organizational misbehaviour and integrity management, anthropological approach to study corruption, open government partnerships, the practitioner’s perspective of the fight against corruption, and research methods.

Expert lecturers from IACA’s frequent visiting faculty included Phil Mason, formerly Senior Anti-Corruption Adviser at the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Alexandra Malina Manea, Counsel, Office of Suspension and Debarment, the World Bank, Drago Kos, Chair of the OECD Working Group on Bribery, Jeroen Maesschalck of the Leuven Institute of Criminology at KU Leuven, Dominique Abrokwa, partner in Pohlmann & Company law firm, Davide Torsello, Professor of Anthropology and Organizational Behavior at the Central European University, and Ina Kubbe, Post-Doctoral Researcher, School of Political Science, Government and International Affairs, Tel Aviv University, Israel.

Both IACA master’s degrees are two-year, in-career programmes consisting of six to seven modules and a master’s thesis/final project, and are specifically designed for working professionals who remain fully employed while pursuing their degrees.

The programmes start in October every year and applications are accepted year-round. Read more about the IMACC and MACS here.

Mongolia contributes funds to IACA

Mongolia has made a voluntary contribution of EUR 10,000 to IACA’s general budget.

Having become a Party to IACA in 2013, Mongolia’s contribution is greatly appreciated as it supports the organization’s work in empowering 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.

Chile contributes funds to IACA

Chile has made a voluntary contribution of USD 10,000 (equivalent to EUR 8,962.98) to IACA’s general budget.

Having become a Party to IACA in 2013, Chile’s contribution is greatly appreciated as it supports the organization’s work in empowering 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.

IACA Held Second Tailor-Made Training for Korean Auditors

From 21 to 24 October IACA hosted the second Anti-Corruption Training for the Korea Council of Public Organizations Internal Auditors, bringing together a total of 36 audit specialists from different public organizations from the Republic of Korea.

Participants attended sessions delivered by experts from both IACA and external organizations at the Academy’s campus in Laxenburg. The topics of the lectures included corruption and social trust, effective public sector auditing, as well as fraud detection and investigations. As part of the programme, the group also visited the Vienna International Centre (VIC), where it attended a special lecture at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), as well as the Federal Bureau of Anti-Corruption (BAK).

To read about the first Tailor-Made Training for Korean Auditors, held in 2018, please click here.

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.

MACS 2018-2020 Class back at IACA

IACA’s 2018-2020 Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) students, who come from 12 countries around the world, are attending the in-class part of the fifth module on Corruption, Compliance, and the Private Sector.

The module started on 14 October and it will end on 25 October. It covers topics including anti-corruption compliance management, corporate communications and trainings, risk assessment and management, conducting due diligence, monitoring and evaluation of the anti-corruption compliance programme, developing and role of the code of conduct in compliance, internal investigations, open source investigation, criminal liability of companies and settlements in corruption cases, crisis management and cooperation with regulatory and enforcement bodies, ISO 19600 Compliance Management System, and ISO 37001 Anti-Bribery Management System. Lecturers were/are Martim Della Valle (founder of the Zenith Source), Milda Zilinskaite (Vienna University of Economics and Business), Georg Krakow (Baker & McKenzie), Lloydette Bai-Marrow (Principal Consultant and Founding Partner at ParaMetric Global Consulting), and Barbara Neiger (neiger.C advisory e.U.). In addition to our module lecturers, we had two special guests joining us from Brussels, Ms. Anny Tubbs (former Chief Business Integrity Officer), and London, Mr. Rahul Saxena (Group Ethics and Compliance Officer, British Petroleum), sharing their expertise on best practices on anti-corruption compliance.

The traditional international dinner of the MACS programme was very successfully blended with the module timetable and it once again provided a platform for students for networking and team building.

The students of the 2018-2020 class will be back to IACA in January 2020 for Module VI of the MACS programme.

Second IACA Tailor-Made training For Government Officials of the People’s Republic of China successfully completed

On 21 October, the second Anti-corruption tailor-made training for Government officials from the People’s Republic of China was concluded at IACA, Laxenburg. The training brought together 25 officials from the China Academy of Discipline Inspection and Supervision, the National Commission of Supervision, and various Provincial Commissions of Supervision.

The six-day programme, began on 14 October and included sessions on conflict of interest investigations, anti-money-laundering, asset recovery and anti-corruption in public procurement among others. These lectures were delivered by IACA’s in-house experts as well as visiting lecturers. Participants also visited the Austrian Public Prosecutor’s Office for Combating Economic Crimes and Corruption (WKStA) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) as part of the training programme.

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The participants also had the opportunity to briefly meet with H.E. Mr. Yang Xiaodu who visited IACA on 18 October in his capacity as Member of the Political Bureau and Secretariat of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, Deputy Secretary of the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI), and Chairman of the National Commission of Supervision of the People’s Republic of China (NCS).

This tailor-made training is a continuation of the ongoing cooperation between IACA and China, following the successful IACA tailor-made training and IACA Regional Summer Academy - East and Southeast Asia in 2018 and the China-ASEAN Anti-Corruption Workshop co-hosted by IACA and China in Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province, in November 2016.

High-level Chinese officials visit IACA

On 18 October, H.E. Mr. Yang Xiaodu visited IACA in his capacity as Member of the Political Bureau and Secretariat of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, Deputy Secretary of the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI), and Chairman of the National Commission of Supervision of the People’s Republic of China (NCS).

He was accompanied, among others, by H.E. Mr. Wang Qun, Permanent Representative of the People’s Republic of China to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Vienna; Mr. Li Jun, Vice Minister of the International Department of the CPC Central Committee (IDCPC); Mr. Cui Peng, Member of the CCDI Standing Committee and Commissioner of the NCS; Mr. Shu Guozeng, Chief Inspector of the Discipline Inspection and Supervision Office of the CCDI and the NCS at the General Office of the CPC Central Committee; Mr. La Yifan, Senior Inspector at Vice-Ministerial Level of the Central Inspection Team and Director-General of the Department of International Cooperation of the CCDI and the NCS; and Mr. Chen Ruiwu, Secretary of the Party Committee and Associate Dean of China Academy of Discipline Inspection and Supervision.

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Since its accession in November 2014, China has been a key partner for IACA. Along with its generous financial contributions, China has also played host to the 2018 Regional Summer Academy which took place in Beijing. Various tailor-made trainings have also been organized for Chinese government officials. In the framework of his meeting at IACA, H.E. Mr. Yang also had a brief discussion with the participants of the ongoing training in which representatives from the National and Provincial Commissions of Supervision participate.

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Both sides underlined that this visit should mark a new stage in the relationship between China and IACA with even greater prospects for collaboration and cooperation in the future.

China will continue to contribute to IACA’s excellent work and supports its important role in providing anti-corruption education. We hope to enhance the sustainability of China-IACA relations in the long term”, stated H.E. Mr. Yang.

“IACA is very thankful for the generous and decisive support of China to its activities and initiatives, and hopes for further development of constructive cooperation with the representatives of Chinese authorities in Vienna and Beijing”, Ms. Christiane Pohn-Hufnagl, Officer-in-Charge of IACA said.

Hungary contributes funds to IACA

Hungary has made a voluntary contribution of EUR 10,000 to IACA’s general budget for 2020. Having become a Party to IACA in 2011, Hungary’s regular contributions are greatly appreciated as they support the organization’s work in empowering 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.

Myanmar Joins IACA

IACA is pleased to welcome the Republic of the Union of Myanmar as a new Party. Myanmar’s accession to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization took place on 1 October and enters into force on 30 November.

Thus, the Academy’s constituency increases to 79 Parties. These comprise 75 UN Member States and four international organizations. 

The Agreement remains open for ratification by its remaining original Signatories and for accession by all UN Member States and international organizations.

Eighth Assembly of Parties Ends Successfully

The eight session of IACA’s Assembly of Parties ended successfully in Nur-Sultan, Republic of Kazakhstan, on Friday, 4 October, with the unanimous adoption of four resolutions and the Nur Sultan Declaration. 

The Assembly was generously hosted by Kazakhstan in Nur-Sultan.  

Throughout the three-day gathering, delegates expressed their strong support for IACA, underlined the importance of its global work, and gave strongly positive feedback on the quality and relevance of its academic degree programmes, open trainings, and tailor-made trainings.

Parties broadly commended IACA for its achievements and global recognition in spite of the Academy’s limited resources, underscored the necessity of a suitably well-funded general budget, and indicated desires for increased cooperation, including with regard to the organization’s financial resources and stability.

 

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The Republic of Korea extended an invitation to IACA’s constituency to host the ninth session of the Assembly in 2020, an offer that was accepted with appreciation by the organization’s Parties.

The Assembly unanimously elected Mr. Olzhas Bektenov (Republic of Kazakhstan) as the President of the eight session, succeeding H.E. Mr. Gocha Lordkipanidze, Georgia. Mr. Olzhas Bektenov thanked the outgoing presidency for its excellent work and pledged his full support for the work of the Assembly. 

The Vice Presidents of the eight session are H.E Mr. Datuk Liew Vui Keong (Malaysia) and Mr. Olusola Akinrinade (Nigeria). The Rapporteurs are Ms. Judit Brzobohatá (Slovakia)and Mr. Gerhard Thallinger (Austria). More than 230 delegates from all regions of the world participated in the Assembly, which began on Wednesday, 2 October. The delegates represented more than 50 national and institutional delegations and included government ministers.

The future strategic direction and the financial stability of IACA were the main focus of discussion during the Assembly. On Thursday, Ms. Christiane Pohn-Hufnagl, Officer-in-Charge of IACA, and Mr. Alexey Konov, Chairperson of the Board of Governors, strongly urged Parties to provide renewed strong support to the organization in order to put it on a more stable and sustainable financial footing, and to consider innovative solutions to the challenges currently facing the organization. Mr. Konov also elaborated on future strategic direction of IACA as laid out in the Board of Governors paper on that topic. 

 

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As a part of the general debate, IACA also organized a panel discussion entitled ‘Whistleblowers Protection: Implementing National Legislation and Policies’ with the involvement of Mr. Alexey Konov, Chairperson of the IACA Board of Governors and Director of the Anti-Corruption Centre of the National University - Higher School of Economics, Russian Federation; Ms. Pak Un Jong, Chairperson of the Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission of the Republic of Korea; Mr. Hussein Hassan, Director of International Cooperation Department with the Administrative Control and Transparency Authority of the State of Qatar; Mr. Nurdaulet Samet, Deputy Head of the Department of Anti-Corruption Service in West Kazakhstan Region; and Mr. Ashley Savage, IACA frequent visiting lecturer and independent specialist on whistleblowing, information rights and governance. The discussion facilitated dialogue and exchange on international practice among IACA Parties regarding the use of whistleblower protections as one of the tools in the implementation of corruption reporting mechanisms and practices.

 

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IACA’s Eighth Assembly of Parties Opens in Nur-Sultan

The eight session of IACA’s Assembly of Parties ended successfully in Nur-Sultan, Republic of Kazakhstan, on Friday, 4 October, with the unanimous adoption of four resolutions and the Nur Sultan Declaration. 

The Assembly was generously hosted by Kazakhstan in Nur-Sultan.  

Throughout the three-day gathering, delegates expressed their strong support for IACA, underlined the importance of its global work, and gave strongly positive feedback on the quality and relevance of its academic degree programmes, open trainings, and tailor-made trainings.

OiCParties broadly commended IACA for its achievements and global recognition in spite of the Academy’s limited resources, underscored the necessity of a suitably well-funded general budget, and indicated desires for increased cooperation, including with regard to the organization’s financial resources and stability.

The Republic of Korea extended an invitation to IACA’s constituency to host the ninth session of the Assembly in 2020, an offer that was accepted with appreciation by the organization’s Parties.

The Assembly unanimously elected Mr. Olzhas Bektenov (Republic of Kazakhstan) as the President of the eight session, succeeding H.E. Mr. Gocha Lordkipanidze, Georgia. Mr. Olzhas Bektenov thanked the outgoing presidency for its excellent work and pledged his full support for the work of the Assembly. 

BoG ChairThe Vice Presidents of the eight session are H.E Mr. Datuk Liew Vui Keong (Malaysia) and Mr. Olusola Akinrinade (Nigeria). The Rapporteurs are Ms. Judit Brzobohatá (Slovakia)and Mr. Gerhard Thallinger (Austria). More than 230 delegates from all regions of the world participated in the Assembly, which began on Wednesday, 2 October. The delegates represented more than 50 national and institutional delegations and included government ministers.

The future strategic direction and the financial stability of IACA were the main focus of discussion during the Assembly. On Thursday, Ms. Christiane Pohn-Hufnagl, Officer-in-Charge of IACA, and Mr. Alexey Konov, Chairperson of the Board of Governors, strongly urged Parties to provide renewed strong support to the organization in order to put it on a more stable and sustainable financial footing, and to consider innovative solutions to the challenges currently facing the organization. Mr. Konov also elaborated on future strategic direction of IACA as laid out in the Board of Governors paper on that topic. 

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As a part of the general debate, IACA also organized a panel discussion entitled ‘Whistleblowers Protection: Implementing National Legislation and Policies’ with the involvement of Mr. Alexey Konov, Chairperson of the IACA Board of Governors and Director of the Anti-Corruption Centre of the National University - Higher School of Economics, Russian Federation; Ms. Pak Un Jong, Chairperson of the Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission of the Republic of Korea; Mr. Hussein Hassan, Director of International Cooperation Department with the Administrative Control and Transparency Authority of the State of Qatar; Mr. Nurdaulet Samet, Deputy Head of the Department of Anti-Corruption Service in West Kazakhstan Region; and Mr. Ashley Savage, IACA frequent visiting lecturer and independent specialist on whistleblowing, information rights and governance. The discussion facilitated dialogue and exchange on international practice among IACA Parties regarding the use of whistleblower protections as one of the tools in the implementation of corruption reporting mechanisms and practices.

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Documents from the Assembly, including speeches and adopted Resolutions, are available for download here.

 

Zhejiang Province delegation visits IACA

A delegation from the Communist Party of China (CPC) Zhejiang Provincial Commission for Discipline Inspection and Supervision visited IACA on 26 September to discuss cooperation opportunities, particularly in relation to various IACA educational programmes and activities.

The delegation was led by Mr. Wang Haichao, Executive Deputy Secretary of the CPC Zhejiang Provincial Committee of Discipline Inspection and Deputy Director-General of the Zhejiang Provincial Supervision Commission. He was accompanied by other five representatives from different Zhejiang provincial departments.

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