Cyprus contributes funds to IACA

Cyprus has made a voluntary contribution of EUR 10,000.00 to support the organization’s work in empowering anti-corruption and compliance professionals across the globe. 

Cyprus is a Founding Member of IACA, and a Party to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization since August 2011.

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.

Mongolia contributes funds to IACA

Mongolia has transferred EUR 10,000.00 to IACA as a voluntary contribution to the Academy’s budget for 2021. 

Mongolia has been a Party to IACA since 2013 and its greatly appreciated contribution 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.

IACA signs an MoU with the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offenses Commission (ICPC) of Nigeria

IACA and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offenses Commission (ICPC) of Nigeria signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 15 December, on the margins of the 9th session of the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), which took place in Sharm El-Sheikh, the Arab Republic of Egypt. The MoU sets the overall framework for closer cooperation in fighting and preventing corruption. Forms of cooperation under the MoU may include, inter alia, joint initiatives aimed at preventing and combating corruption, convening meetings, information sharing, promoting capacity, research projects, and other activities in the areas of anti-corruption and compliance.

IACA signs an MoU with the Italian National Anti-Corruption Authority (ANAC)

IACA and the Italian National Anti-Corruption Authority (ANAC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 13 December, on the margins of the 9th session of the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), which took place in Sharm El-Sheikh, the Arab Republic of Egypt. The MoU sets the overall framework for closer cooperation in fighting and preventing corruption. Forms of cooperation under the MoU may include, inter alia, joint initiatives aimed at preventing and combating corruption, convening meetings, information sharing, promoting capacity, research projects, and other activities in the areas of anti-corruption and compliance.

China contributes funds to IACA

The People’s Republic of China has contributed EUR 200,000 to IACA. The fund will be used to promote the development of IACA and to 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. The People’s Republic of China has been an active supporter of the Academy since it became a Party to the organization in 2014. This latest contribution is greatly appreciated as it will support the organization’s continued efforts to 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.

IACA launches the Anti-Corruption Collective Action Impact Centre

 

The Academy is proud to announce the launch of the Anti-Corruption Collective Action Impact Centre (ACAC), a unique initiative designed to provide educational services, to promote research, and to foster the practical implementation of Collective Action initiatives. Through its flagship programme, the Anti-Corruption Collective Action Certificate (ACA), the Centre will promote the practical implementation of Collective Action based on a tailored methodology and close guidance.

The ACA is the first global, post-graduate certificate in anti-corruption and Collective Action. The programme offers two interdisciplinary online modules that concentrate on concepts and applied perspectives for preventing and countering corruption through Collective Action. Participants will also be required to implement anti-corruption Collective Action projects, enhancing the knowledge and skills gained from the classes, under continuous guidance and support provided by IACA.

Through the ACA Certificate the Academy marks a major milestone in the implementation of anti-corruption efforts through education, by focusing its activities on student-led collective action projects with a direct impact on reducing corruption in their countries.

Thanks to the Golden Stretch Funding Round of the Siemens Integrity Initiative, the ACA Certificate programme costs are fully covered. The programme is open for anti-corruption professionals, especially members of the IACA Alumni Network whose projects have impact potential in Least Developed Countries and Lower-Middle- and Upper-Middle-Income Economies.

The ACA certificate programme is open for applications until 6 February 2022. Prospective applicants can access more information at the centre website.

COSP Resolutions recognize IACA’s capacity-building and training programmes

The Conference of the States Parties (COSP) to the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), which closed its 9th session on 17 December 2021, adopted one declaration and nine resolutions and decisions relevant for the implementation of the Convention, as well as for awareness raising on anti-corruption related topics. To see them, use the following link.

Various references to IACA and its activities have been included in these documents. In particular, in the “Sharm el-Sheikh Declaration on strengthening international cooperation in the prevention of and fight against corruption during times of emergencies and crisis response and recovery,” States parties “are encouraged to take advantage of capacity-building and training programmes provided by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and other relevant international organizations and institutions, such as the International Anti-Corruption Academy, to increase public awareness and integrity.”

In the resolution on the “Follow-up to the Marrakech declaration on the prevention of corruption,” States parties are further invited “to take advantage of capacity-building and training programmes provided by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and other relevant international organizations and institutions, such as the International Anti-Corruption Academy, to increase public awareness, integrity and knowledge in preventing and combatting corruption.”

Finally, in its resolution on “Promoting anti-corruption education, awareness raising and training” the COSP noted “anti-corruption education and practice-oriented initiatives, such as the joint programme offered by UNITAR and IACA” and encouraged “relevant institutions engaged in anti-corruption activities, such as the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and IACA, to closely cooperate with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and each other to exchange knowledge and develop cutting-edge educational and training programmes and innovative research projects.”

Please click the following links to find out more about: IACA’s participation at the 9th session of COSP and about IACA's side event on The Global Anti-Corruption Cities Network.

IACA participated in the 9th session of COSP UNCAC and called for stronger partnerships to facilitate the implementation of the Convention

Between 13 and 17 December 2021, the 9th session of the Conference of the States Parties (COSP) to the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) took place in Sharm El-Sheikh, the Arab Republic of Egypt. IACA’s delegation to the COSP was led by Mr. Thomas Stelzer, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA. Apart from IACA staff, IACA Alumni were also part of the delegation.

Addressing the session, Mr. Stelzer said that through the Implementation Review Mechanism, States Parties to the Convention identified more than 4,000 individual technical assistance needs, including the requirement for “capacity-building”, with a special focus on training and education. He stressed that this is the area where the Academy can provide the biggest contribution to the implementation of the Convention. In this context, he added that IACA is ready to continue collaboration and develop new activities with the United Nations, particularly UNODC.

Stressing that partnerships are key to achieving lasting results, the Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA said that “the Political Declaration adopted at the beginning of the UN General Assembly Special Session against corruption calls for IACA’s relationship with UNODC and other UN entities to be strengthened. It also recognizes the importance of education and training in anti-corruption. This is firmly in line with IACA’s mandate.”

He also emphasized that “Our partnership with UNODC, the guardian of the Convention, is of great significance to our work. We are proud that IACA and UNODC are cooperating on concrete initiatives. In particular, in the framework of the joint project on Providing Specialized Training on Anti-Corruption Legislation to Least Developed Countries to Fast-Track UNCAC Implementation, both organizations implemented International Anti-Corruption Summer Schools in Africa and Asia this year.”

Mr. Stelzer also observed that IACA had developed the expertise and experience needed to fulfil its unique mandate of providing anti-corruption education and technical assistance, based on solid research, to those who need it most. He said that over the last two years, IACA has begun to scale up the delivery of its services and programmes to reach the widest possible audience, including by enhancing its e-learning infrastructure. To read the entire statement, please use the following link.

Moreover, within the framework of the Conference, IACA hosted a side event on “Engaging UNCAC Constituents: The Global Anti-Corruption Cities Network.” To find out more, please use the following link.

Finally, the Academy held numerous bilateral meetings with government ministers, heads of national anti-corruption bodies, and other high-level officials from States Parties to the Convention.

The States parties meet every two years to review implementation of the UNCAC and to discuss ways to improve cooperation between them to achieve the Convention's objectives.

IACA-UNITAR Master’s degree programme welcomes students to their first module

The first intake of IACA-UNITAR Master in Anti-Corruption and Diplomacy (MACD) programme began their studies on 1 November. The first live session on “Corruption: Themes, Trends, Definitions, Consequences and Measurements and Impact of Globalization on Corruption” started on 22 November 2021 

The MACD programme is a joint initiative with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). The first class of the MACD programme gathered 10 students from 10 different countries and 3 continents, allowing them to have a multicultural experience and to engage in discussions with colleagues with different perspectives. 

The MACD programme is aimed at public and private sector officials who want to broaden their knowledge in anti-corruption and compliance, and to widen their range of expertise in topics that link technology and the world of diplomacy. The master’s degree is an 18-month, in-career programme covering eight core modules, an ongoing module on academic research and writing, instructions on teambuilding, networking and communication, and a master’s thesis tailored for working professionals who remain fully employed while pursuing their degrees. 

The programme will starts in November every year, and applications are accepted year-round.  

Read more about the MACD programme on our website.

Graduation 2021

IACA celebrated the graduation of its seventh Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) and second graduation for the International Master in Anti-Corruption and Compliance (IMACC) classes 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 17 countries around the world: Afghanistan, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, India, Kenya, Malawi, Mexico, Moldova, Nigeria, Oman, the Republic of Korea, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. Their professional backgrounds are equally diverse; The classes included members of civil society, auditors, prosecutors, compliance managers, law enforcement officers, and lawyers. Delivering his laudatio, Mr. Thomas Stelzer, the Dean of IACA, told the graduates that they are “truly representing IACA’s international character”. He also urged them to play a leading role in the fight against corruption and in facilitating the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

IACA supports an international webinar with the National Superintendency of Migration of Peru

In commemoration of the International Anti-Corruption Day, the National Superintendency of Migration of Peru held the international webinar "The Impact of Corruption on the Most Vulnerable". IACA supported this event

The National Superintendent of Migration of Peru and IACA alumna, Ms. Martha Cecilia Silvestre Casas, thanked IACA for its involvement in the webinar and expressed hope that the Academy will strengthen its ties with Peru.

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In his speech, the Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA, Mr. Thomas Stelzer, stressed the importance of raising awareness of the magnitude of corruption in the world and its adverse effects on the most vulnerable, including migrants. He highlighted the role of anti-corruption education in empowering professionals from all sectors of society to fight corruption.

The event’s special guest was Professor Robert Klitgaard.  Speaking about ways corruption affects the most vulnerable, he referred in particular to the current global refugee crisis. The session concluded with an expert panel discussion with the participation of Ms. Silvestre Casas and Martin Zapata of IACA.

The webinar was attended by 700 participants, including high-level Peruvian authorities, and a considerable international audience from the Latin American region.

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