China contributes funds to IACA

The People’s Republic of China has transferred EUR 200,000 to IACA. The fund will be used to promote the development of IACA and finance joint activities agreed by both sides in the Memorandum of Understanding signed by IACA and the National Commission of Supervision of China on 24 November 2020.

Having become a Party to IACA in 2014, the People’s Republic of China has been actively supporting the Academy ever since. China’s latest contribution is greatly appreciated as it will 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. 

Armenia contributes funds to IACA

The Republic of Armenia has contributed EUR 1.000 to IACA. 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.

IACA and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) sign Memorandum of Understanding

On 15 December, the Dean of IACA, Mr. Thomas Stelzer, and the Executive Director of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), Mr. Nikhil Seth, signed a Memorandum of Understanding. The document sets a framework for cooperation for both organizations on issues of common interest.

Work has already begun on a number of joint activities including a jointly implemented masters programme and an executive diploma, both due to launch in 2021.

On signing the memorandum Dean Stelzer remarked: “I am delighted to sign this document formalising the cooperation between our organisations. IACA and UNITAR are natural partners operating in the field of international training and education. By joining forces, I believe we can extend our reach and bring anti-corruption knowledge to a wider group of professionals and students around the world. In addition, through this cooperation, IACA will be able to make sizeable contribution to the UN anti-corruption efforts”

Executive Director Nikhil Seth said: "I am thrilled about the signature of the Memorandum of Understanding between UNITAR and IACA. This partnership is an excellent opportunity for both parties to join resources and expertise to bring forward timely and valuable projects and activities. The collaboration will be launched with the first edition of an 18-month Master programme on Anti-Corruption and Diplomacy starting in September 2021."

Information on the launch of IACA-UNITAR joint programmes will be published on IACA’s website in early 2021.

IACA partners with WEF’s PACI initiative

On 8 December, IACA participated in the Biannual Community Meeting of the World Economic Forum’s Partnering Against Corruption Initiative (PACI). The meeting saw the launch of the Corruption Transformation Map which has been developed as a joint activity between IACA and PACI. The map was presented at the meeting by Mr. Pawan Kumar Sinha, Director of Academic Programmes at IACA, who led the development of the project at the Academy. IACA is a co-curator of the map.

The  WEF’s Transformation Maps present insights written by experts along with machine-curated content. Together, this allows users to visualise and understand more than 250 topics and the connections between them, helping in turn to support more informed decision-making by leaders.

Of the collaboration Mr. Pedro G. Gómez Pensado, Head of Partnering Against Corruption Initiative (PACI), World Economic Forum said “We are delighted to have collaborated with IACA on this exciting project. The Corruption Transformation Map is a dynamic knowledge tool that helps users to explore and make sense of the complex and interlinked forces that are transforming the topic of corruption.”

The Map is free to access after registering at

Graduation of MACS Class 2018

IACA celebrated the graduation of its sixth Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) class in a festive ceremony on 9 December, the International Anti-Corruption Day. The graduation of the master’s classes is always a memorable and proud time for IACA.  This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ceremony was conducted in an interactive online format.

The new graduates come from 11 countries around the world: Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bulgaria, India, Malawi, Oman, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, and Uganda. Their professional backgrounds are equally diverse; they work in government ministries, anti-corruption commissions, international organizations, private companies, law enforcement bodies, and NGOs.

Delivering his laudatio, Thomas Stelzer, the Dean of IACA, told the MACS graduates that they are “truly representing IACA’s international character”. In this regard, he urged them to play a leading role in the fight against corruption and in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals; through active participation in national and international initiatives. “Students should propagate their newly acquired knowledge in their organization, society and country,” he concluded.

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The guest of honour at the ceremony was Mr. Michael Hershman, Chairperson of IACA’s International Senior Advisory Board (ISAB). In his speech, he emphasized and encouraged the graduates to “choose the harder right than the easier wrong and to know no fear when truth and right are in jeopardy”.

The graduates and guests also heard from Mr. Hans-Heiner Kühne, Chairperson of IACA’s International Academic Advisory Board (IAAB), Professor Peter Rosner of the University of Vienna, who chaired the academic Defence Committee, and Pawan Kumar Sinha, Director of Academic Programmes at IACA.

Nadeem Anwer, elected as the MACS class representative, told the distinguished guests that embarking on the programme in 2018, he and his fellow classmates started a quest and journey to gain knowledge and equipment to fight corruption. He also expressed hope that the skills and expertise learnt at IACA will be used by the graduates to play a part in solving some of the major problems of today’s world related to corruption.

Mr. A S M Sajjad Hossain from Bangladesh won the award for the best MACS master’s thesis with his work "Right to Information Act and its Effectiveness as a Tool to Fight Corruption in Bangladesh". The most innovative master’s thesis award went to Mr. Daljeet Singh from India for his research "Are there Consistent Relationships between the Religious Teachings and Individual Tolerance towards Corruption? A Case Study of India". Ms. Liness Tikomenji Gulumba from Malawi won the Dean’s Special Award for her master thesis “Examining the Deterrent Effect of Punishment in Controlling Corruption in the Public Service – A Case Study of Malawi”. Furthermore, Mr. Alexander Ivan F. De Jaeger (Belgium) also won the Dean’s Special Award with his work "Governance and Corruption in Arm’s Length Public Institutions – Two Belgian Case Studies".

The ceremony brought together the families and friends of the graduates, representatives of the diplomatic community, the faculty, and IACA staff online.

IACA launched the MACS programme in 2012 as the first postgraduate programme in anti-corruption and compliance. It consists of seven modules, combining in-class and distance learning, and a master’s thesis.

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IACA participates in the New Development Bank International Anti-Corruption Day Seminar

On 9 December, Dean Thomas Stelzer addressed the New Development Bank (NDB) Seminar on International Anti-Corruption Day. The Dean was invited to speak on the topic of Capacity Building for Anti-Corruption in a Post-Covid-19 World.

The Dean highlighted how the Academy had adapted to the challenges related to the pandemic and elaborated on how it will integrate the relevant lessons into its future capacity-building activities.

He also remarked on the potential for cooperation between NDB and IACA: “I believe that IACA and NDB could provide significant support to the BRICS countries as they battle the current crisis and its effects. One of the key lessons we can take away from the Covid-19 pandemic so far is that crisis preparedness should be included in anti-corruption capacity building in future. This is where IACA can play an important role by sharing its expertise as a global centre for excellence in anti-corruption education.”

The President of the NDB, Mr. Marcos Troyjo, delivered a keynote address. The event also featured presentations by representatives of the World Bank and the OECD.

Video message of the Dean of the International Anti-Corruption Academy, Mr. Thomas Stelzer, on the occasion of the International Anti-Corruption Day.

IACA participates in the Workshop on Clean Covid-19 Response and Reopening

On 8 December, the Dean of the International Anti-Corruption Academy, Mr. Thomas Stelzer, participated in the Workshop on Clean Covid-19 Response and Economic Reopening by Belt and Road Cooperation Partners. The event was organized by the National Supervision Commission of the People’s Republic of China just a day before the International Anti-Corruption Day. The purpose of the event was to promote understanding on, and exchange views, experiences and enhance practical cooperation in fighting corruption amid the Covid-19 response and economic reopening, particularly in the context of the upcoming Special Session of the UN General Assembly against corruption (UNGASS 2021).

Keynote speeches were delivered by Mr. Yang Xiaodu, Chairman of the National Supervision Commission, and Ms. Ghada Waly, Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Moreover, the meeting was addressed by high level anti-corruption officials of Belt and Road Partner countries, as well as representatives of international organizations, particularly the Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization, the OECD, and IACA.

In his speech, Dean Stelzer remarked that in order to defend against a drain of resources which have been poured into the Covid-19 response, the international community must provide the practitioners and front-line workers with the tools they need to fight corruption.

“People in areas vulnerable to exploitation need to have at least basic training to be able to identify corrupt practices and to know how to act in the face of corruption” he said. Against this background, the Dean stressed that “education and training are key to this and should be now the focus of international cooperation”.

He added that no country faces the challenges of the pandemic alone and this is especially true in the context of cooperative cross border projects such as the Belt and Road initiative.

Referring to UNGASS 2021, the Dean expressed hope that the session will recognize a strong connection between the challenges of Covid-19 and corruption. He added that education and training deserve to be given a very prominent position in the UNGASS 2021 declaration and this is something which IACA will be campaigning for.

A few days earlier, on 25 November, IACA together with the National Commission of Supervision of the People’s Republic of China, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank co-organized a training seminar devoted to the issue of promoting integrity and compliance in the context the Belt and Road initiative. The seminar was operated by the Research Center of Anti-Corruption and Governance of Tsinghua University. Principals of various Chinese state-owned and private enterprises participating in the Belt and Road initiative, as well as experts and scholars participated in the event.

The seminar was addressed by Dean Stelzer, who stressed that integrity must be demonstrated at the highest levels of management. “CEO’s can no longer prioritise winning at any cost, but instead must lead with integrity”, he said.

Underlining the importance of education in promoting the culture of integrity and compliance, the Dean added that in its trainings and educational activities IACA has been connecting ethics with compliance for several years now.

In addition, a representative of IACA, Mr. Harmish Goldie-Scot delivered a presentation on Good Practices in Corporate Compliance.

IACA and the Superior Court of Audit of Honduras sign a Memorandum of Understanding

On 4 December 2020, the Dean of IACA, Mr. Thomas Stelzer, and the President of the Superior Court of Audit of Honduras, Mr. José Juan Pineda Varela, signed a Memorandum of Understanding. The document sets a framework for cooperation of both organizations on issues of common interest. In particular, it foresees joint efforts, including projects, to foster and promote capacity- and institution-building programmes in the anti-corruption field, as well as any form of technical assistance agreed by both organizations.

2020 Alumni Reunion goes virtual

More than 140 IACA Alumni from 52 countries and jurisdictions got together for a week-long and first ever IACA virtual reunion, from 9 to 13 November 2020.

During the reunion week, the alumni attended several discussions and webinars on the most trending anti-corruption and compliance issues, such as corporate compliance and investigation, ethical leadership, anti-money laundering, public procurement and collective action. Furthermore, they also participated in a joint multi-stakeholder discussion on the topic of fisheries and corruption co-organized with the Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI). The alumni also contributed to the discussions and presented regional anti-corruption and compliance updates from Africa, Europe, Latin America and Asia. IACA’s alumni network is continuously growing and currently comprises of more than 3,100 anti-corruption and compliance professionals in 161 countries and jurisdictions, and the annual reunion is one way in which alumni can benefit from the rich network. Read more about other benefits for alumni here.  The next virtual alumni reunion will take place in spring 2021.

Claudia Arthur-Flatz joins the International Anti-Corruption Academy as Senior Advisor for Development and Institutional Relations

VIENNA, 30 November 2020 - Claudia Arthur-Flatz brings more than 20 years of experience in public diplomacy and external relations at the United Nations in Vienna and New York to her new position as Senior Advisor for Development and Institutional Relations at the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA).

IACA is an intergovernmental organisation with a global constituency, headquartered in Austria.  It is a pioneering institution that works to overcome shortcomings in knowledge and practice in the field of anti-corruption and compliance, functioning as a centre of excellence in education, training, networking and cooperation, as well as academic research.

Claudia Arthur-Flatz, who takes up her new position on 1 December, leaves her post as Senior External Relations Officer in the Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Prior to that, she worked at the Department for Disarmament Affairs at the United Nations headquarters in New York, and as Global Public Affairs and Communications Manager for Novartis/Sandoz in Vienna and Basel, as well as for the Austrian Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the European Parliament in Brussels.

As well as her years of experience in external relations and strategic diplomacy at the United Nations, Claudia Arthur-Flatz has extensive understanding of liaising with diplomatic representations, international organizations, and other external stakeholders.

At IACA, Claudia Arthur-Flatz will provide advice on funding strategies and development of institutional relations, including on the strengthening of the organisation’s partnership with the United Nations, in particular UNODC.

The Executive Director of IACA, the former UN Assistant Secretary-General, Thomas Stelzer, welcomed Arthur-Flatz’s appointment, saying, “With Claudia as a senior member and my advisor, IACA will be strongly positioned to increase its international standing, raise its profile and forge new business partnerships.”

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