Thank You for a Great 2016!

During 2016 IACA celebrated its fifth anniversary and continued its exciting growth as an international organization and an educational institution in anti-corruption and compliance.

IACA Supports Laxenburg’s Fire Brigade

IACA places great value on its close ties with Laxenburg’s local community and civil society organizations. One of the most important of these is the fire brigade (Freiwillige Feuerwehr Laxenburg), which is entirely volunteer-based.

Representatives of the firefighters recently came to IACA to visit the campus and discuss their work with the Academy’s senior management.

“This shows how important volunteer and pro bono work is at the community level, bringing together people from different backgrounds in the common cause of doing good,” said Martin Kreutner, IACA’s Dean and Executive Secretary.

Following the visit IACA donated 1,000 EUR to support the outstanding work of the Laxenburg firefighters. The fire brigade has used the money to buy new digital pagers.

IACA Signs MoU with the National Anti-Corruption Commission of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

IACA has further strengthened its cooperation with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Sunday with the country’s National Anti-Corruption Commission (Nazaha).

Mr. Martin Kreutner, IACA’s Dean and Executive Secretary, signed the MoU with Nazaha’s President, H.E. Dr. Khalid Abdulmohsen Al-Mehaisen, in the framework of the high-level International Anti-Corruption Day Forum in Al Khobar. This followed the delivery of IACA’s first tailor-made anti-corruption training for Nazaha in Riyadh last month.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia became a Party to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization in 2013, making it the first country from the region and from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to do so. Kuwait and the Kingdom of Bahrain have also acceded to the organization since then.

In addition, the Forum in Al Khobar included panel discussions on the anti-corruption efforts of the public and private sectors.

Graduation for the MACS 2014 – 2016 Class

Today, on International Anti-Corruption Day, IACA had the honour to celebrate the graduation of the 2014 – 2016 Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) class.

“As graduates of the International Anti-Corruption Academy, we took pride in meeting the challenges associated with the realization of achieving the Master in Anti-Corruption Studies, safe in belief that the knowledge and skills acquired, will make us walk straight on, with our heads held high, and our hearts wide open. […] We realize that after all these efforts invested, it is not enough for IACA graduates just to carry on with life. We need to move the world forward,” emphasized Mr. Elnur Musayev, the elected MACS students’ representative, in his address to fellow graduates and distinguished guests at the ceremony at IACA’s Laxenburg campus.

The 26 graduates from IACA’s second MACS class (the first cohort graduated in December 2014) are from 17 countries and jurisdictions around the world: Afghanistan, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Brazil, Germany, India, Italy, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Switzerland, Tanzania, Uganda, the United States of America, and Kosovo.

Their professional backgrounds are equally diverse, including business executives, diplomatic service members, investigators, humanitarian experts, prosecutors, compliance managers, law enforcement officers, NGO representatives, and communications specialists.

The guest of honour at the ceremony was Mr. Abu Kassim bin Mohamed, former Chief Commissioner of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission and Chair of the Defence Committee. In his speech, he discussed his own anti-corruption work and offered the students the following words of encouragement: “You might get disappointed, but do not give up. Be patient and persistent. Please hold on to what you believe in.”

In his laudatio, Mr. Martin Kreutner, the Dean of IACA, observed that preventing and fighting corruption is “far more than just a noble cause or a business case”.

“It is essential and key to our hopes and perspectives for a better, more sustainable future,” Mr. Kreutner noted. “With your graduation today, you have shown the value of anti-corruption education and set a benchmark.”

Dr. Eduardo Vetere, Chairperson of IACA’s Board of Governors and also Chair of the Defence Committee, Mr. Lukas Mandl, Representative of Mr. Erwin Pröll, the Governor of the Federal State of Lower Austria, and Ms. Elena Helmer, Director of Academic Programmes at IACA, also addressed the graduates and guests. All the speakers saluted the achievements of the new graduates and emphasized the importance of their efforts in the fight against corruption.

Mr. Navin Kumar Singh from India was honoured for having written the best master’s thesis with his work on “Noble Cause Corruption in India: Causes and Possible Solutions”. The award for the most innovative thesis was shared between two of the graduates: Ms. Malika Aït-Mohamed Parent (Switzerland) for “Corruption Prevention and Control in the Humanitarian Space: Paving the Way from Naivety to Compliance”, and Mr. Michael Callan (Australia) for his thesis “Institutional Corruption: The Australian Department of Defence’s Achilles Heel”.

The MACS was launched in 2012 as the world’s first postgraduate programme on anti-corruption and compliance. An “in-career" programme, it was designed against an interdisciplinary background of theoretical and practical approaches, drawing on the best of the public sector and the business world. The MACS consists of seven modules, combining in-class and distance learning, and a master’s thesis. The 2014 – 2016 class had the in-class parts of its final two modules in Brazil and Malaysia.

The ceremony and reception that followed were joined by family, friends, faculty, and a wider network of distinguished guests.

IACA Signs MoU with Bulgarian University of Library Studies and Information Technologies

On Friday, 9 December, IACA concluded a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the State University of Library Studies and Information Technologies (ULSIT) of the Republic of Bulgaria.

The MoU, which sets the overall framework for cooperation between the two institutions, was signed by Mr. Martin Kreutner, IACA’s Dean and Executive Secretary, and Prof. Stoyan Denchev, Rector of ULSIT University.

Forms of cooperation under the MoU may include, inter alia, joint projects and activities aimed at preventing and combating corruption, exchange of information and sharing of resources, promoting capacity-building and institution-building programmes in anti-corruption, and other forms of technical assistance. One particular area of cooperation could be addressing the corruption that facilitates the transport and black-market sales of artefacts and cultural heritage.

Over the last several years IACA has concluded MoUs with partners from around the world. For more details of these, please click here.

Brazilian Ambassador Presents Credentials

On 6 December H.E. Mr. Ricardo Neiva Tavares, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Federative Republic of Brazil to the International Organizations in Vienna, presented his credentials to Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA.

Brazil ratified the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization in July 2013.

IACA Gains Observer Status at the IOM

IACA further strengthened its ties with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Monday when it gained observer status at the Geneva-based body.

Martin Kreutner, IACA’s Dean and Executive Secretary, said the IOM Council’s decision will enable the two organizations to work together even more closely to address the corruption-related challenges of migration and thereby contribute to the fulfilment of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Addressing the IOM Council’s latest session, Mr. Kreutner informed participants that IACA and the IOM could join forces on a range of new educational, capacity-building, technical assistance, and awareness-raising activities.

“I strongly believe there is great scope for further cooperation between the IOM, a leading global organization focusing on migration management, and IACA, an international centre of excellence in anti-corruption,” he said.

The IOM is already a Party to the IACA Agreement, and the two organizations have previously worked together to explore the links between migration and anti-corruption. Most recently, in October this year Ms. Argentina Szabados, the IOM’s Regional Director for South-Eastern Europe, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, was a speaker in an IACA-OECD panel discussion on organized crime, terrorism, and corruption, with a focus on irregular migration. The event took place in Vienna in the framework of the eighth session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC).

IACA is also an observer to the United Nations General Assembly, the Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO), and the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Furthermore, in 2015 alone IACA’s capacity-building activities and specialized curricula in the fight against corruption received explicit tribute in two UN resolutions.

IACA Delivers Webinar for EHFCN

IACA this week concluded its first webinar for officials from the European Healthcare Fraud and Corruption Network (EHFCN), a not-for-profit organization based in Belgium.

The two-part webinar consisted of a pre-recorded presentation on “The International Anti-Corruption Agenda - a Propaedeutic Course on History, Data, and Facts”, followed on 21 November by a live question-and-answer session.

EHFCN was founded in 2005. Its members are healthcare and counter fraud organizations from across Europe. The main aim of EHFCN is to work with its member organizations to counter fraud, corruption, and waste and to support them in their work of prevention, detection, investigation, prosecution, and redress.

Second Tailor-made Training for Indian Vigilance Officers

IACA is currently delivering its thirteenth anti-corruption tailor-made training of 2016 and its second this year for vigilance officers from India. The 20 professionals on campus represent several public-sector institutions, including the Central Vigilance Commission of the Republic of India and Indian Railways.

The two-week programme in Laxenburg covers, among other topics, corruption and money-laundering, the role of leadership in combating corruption, organizational integrity, ethical decision-making, fraud prevention, national and international legal instruments against corruption, and whistle-blower protection. Study visits to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and Vienna City Hall are also part of the training.

Sessions are delivered by internationally renowned experts, many of whom are frequent IACA visiting faculty. They include Drago Kos (Chair of the OECD Working Group on Bribery), Georg Krakow (Baker & McKenzie), Mushtaq Khan (SOAS, University of London), Jeroen Maesschalck (Leuven Institute of Criminology), Samira Musayeva (UNCITRAL), Georg Florian Grabenweger (Austrian Federal Ministry of Interior), Jane Ley (US State Department), and Johannes Schnitzer (Schnitzer Law).

Several IACA faculty are also sharing their expertise: Martin Kreutner, the Academy’s Dean and Executive Secretary, Abu Kassim bin Mohamed, a visiting expert at IACA, and senior staff members Elena Helmer, Jongsam Yang, Yoojin Choi, Eduard Ivanov, Martin Zapata, and Abhishek Bharti.

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. In February this year, the Academy delivered a similartraining for another group of senior vigilance officers from India.

IACA at the IOI Conference in Bangkok

Martin Kreutner, IACA’s Dean and Executive Secretary, spoke at the 11th World Conference of the International Ombudsman Institute (IOI) in Bangkok this week to highlight the anti-corruption component of the work of ombudsman offices.

The conference, which runs from 14 to 19 November, is a forum for ombudsmen from across the globe to exchange experiences and good practices. Under the theme of “The Evolution of Ombudsmanship”, this year’s event aims to show how ombudsman institutions are core elements of democracy and to strengthen their efforts to protect and promote human rights.

IACA already has close links with the IOI and has delivered two tailor-made trainings in cooperation with the Institute.

In May 2015 the Academy provided a training in Willemstad, Curaçao for more than 40 representatives of ombudsman offices. The programme focused on public procurement and integrity and took place in the framework of the 8th Biennial Conference of the Caribbean Ombudsman Association (CAROA).

The other training, at IACA’s campus in September 2013, was for investigative ombudsmen and centred on issues related to anti-corruption and governance.

The Republic of Austria hosts the IOI General Secretariat.

IACA Welcomes MACS 2016 Class

The fourth Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) programme is underway, and the new students are currently at IACA from 7 to 18 November for the in-class part of their first module.

The professional backgrounds of the 26 students are as diverse as their countries of origin. The class includes, among others, experts in business management and law, prosecutors, investigators, NGO leaders, government officials, officers of international organizations, and auditors. They come from Afghanistan, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Egypt, Gambia, India, Liberia, Malawi, Nepal, Netherlands, Nigeria, Oman, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.

This first MACS module (out of seven) covers Concepts and Issues in Corruption. It addresses general issues related to corruption and corruption control, organizational misbehaviour, the interplay between corruption, organized crime, and money laundering, and a number of other topics. Lecturers are Professors Adam Graycar (Australia), Michael Levi (United Kingdom), and Jeroen Maesschalck (Belgium). Mr. Drago Kos (Slovenia), Chair of the OECD Working Group on Bribery in International Business Transactions, will offer the practitioner’s perspective. In addition, Margret Steixner, an intercultural trainer and coach, led a teambuilding session with the class.

The MACS is a two-year, in-career programme consisting of seven modules and a master thesis and is specifically designed for working professionals. Applications are now open for the next class starting in autumn 2017.

For more information, please click here.

Republic of Uganda Joins IACA

The Academy’s constituency increases to 70 Parties with the ratification by the Republic of Uganda of the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization. The instrument of ratification was handed over by H.E. Mr. Simon Lokodo, Minister of State for Ethics and Integrity.

Uganda was recently the venue for the IACA Regional Summer Academy – Eastern Africa, which took place in Kampala in September 2016. This programme was funded by the Austrian Development Cooperation, in cooperation with IACA.

The Agreement remains open for accession to all United Nations Member States and international organizations.

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