International Anti-Corruption Academy

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The International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) is an international organization based in Laxenburg, Austria that teaches government and other officials about anti-corruption measures.

Campus in Laxenburg

IACA was launched in 2010 by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Interpol, the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), the Republic of Austria, and other stake-holders to help implement the UN Convention against Corruption.[1] As fo 2013, 61 countries had signed the IACA membership agreement, and 38 of those had ratified it.[2] There was no fee for membership.[3] IACA started its first Masters program in February 2013; at that time the tuition was 24,700 euros and the coursework was run in seven twelve-day blocks, taken over two years.[2]

The Austrian news magazine, News, reported that IACA posted a budget of €12.98 million for the 2014 financial year and a budget of €13.24M for 2015; while noting that the actual revenues for 2013 were €2.3M and expenditures were around €2.1M.[3] IACA told the News that the higher numbers were based on their fund-raising goals.[3] At the end of 2015 and the beginning of 2016 IACA underwent a turnover in staff.[3]

IACA's relations with Azerbaijan and the Russian Federation were criticized after IACA held its 2014 annual conference in Baku at the time of a governmental crackdown on non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and anti-corruption activists.[4] According to Correctiv, one of the students at IACA was an Azerbaijani public prosecutor, who worked for the investigating authority that was prosecuting the Azerbaijani anti-corruption activist and journalist Khadija Ismayilova.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Press release: UK backs new corruption-fighting academy - GOV.UK". www.gov.uk. 3 September 2010.
  2. ^ a b Gottsauner-Wolf, Moritz; Zotter, Christoph (31 January 2013). "Wo die Korruptionsjäger büffeln" (in German). Die Zeit. Retrieved 2018-08-21.
  3. ^ a b c d Melichar, Stefan (16 February 2016). "Das Luftschloss: Über die Internationale Anti-Korruptionsakademie". News.at (in German). Retrieved 2018-08-21.
  4. ^ a b Richter, Frederik (29 June 2017). "How the Siemens bribery settlement funds opacity". Correct!V. Retrieved 2018-08-21.

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