About the IACC Series

The International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) is the world’s premier global forum for bringing together heads of state, civil society, the private sector and more to tackle the increasingly sophisticated challenges posed by corruption. Established in 1983, the IACC takes place usually every two years in a different region of the world, and hosts from 800 to 2000 participants from over 135 countries worldwide.

The IACC advances the anti-corruption agenda by raising awareness and stimulating debate. It fosters networking, cross-fertilisation and the global exchange of experience that are indispensable for effective advocacy and action, on a global and national level. The conferences also promote international cooperation among government, civil society, the private sector, and citizens by providing the opportunity for face-to-face dialogue and direct liaison between representatives from the agencies and organisations taking part.

Learn more about previous IACC’s here.

Other IACC Initiatives

As the Conference only takes place every second year, the IACC team at Transparency International (TI) are involved in a number of ongoing initiatives to keep up momentum between Conferences. They include the IACC Social Entrepreneurs Initiative, the Young Journalists initiative, Fair Play Anti-Corruption Concerts, a series of Films for Transparency, and the IACC Monitor among others. You can read the latest articles on our blog.

19th IACC Host

The virtual 19th IACC will take place from the 30th to 5 in December 2020, extended from the official IACC dates December 1-4, 2020. It will be hosted by the Government of Republic of Korea represented by the Anti-corruption & Civil Rights Commission (ACRC), and organised by the IACC Council and TI, with the participation of TI Korea.

The IACC Council

The IACC Council has overseen the IACC series since the Council’s creation in September 1996. As the IACC’s governing body, it is the Council’s duty to select the IACC dates and host country as well as overseeing the development of the main theme and programme of each Conference. Through their experience and leadership, the Council contributes greatly to the success of every IACC.

The IACC Council is composed of eight members, including the Chair and Vice Chair. The current IACC Council took office in October 2014, with two new Council members joining in 2018. You can find out more about its governance structure here.


Read the Call for interested countries within the TI Movement to host the IACC in 2022

Transparency International

Transparency International (TI) is the Secretariat to the IACC Council and has a dedicated IACC team in its Berlin offices. On behalf of the IACC Council, the IACC team designs the conference agenda and provides advice and assistance to the host of each conference. Other responsibilities include advising the host country on logistics and raising funds for the participating delegates.

TI is also responsible for the engagement of international stakeholders while preparing and implementing the conference programme. This includes communicating with organisations and individuals involved at the forefront of anti-corruption work. TI collates programme suggestions and prepares the conference’s plenary sessions and workshops.

FAQs: 6 Key Things to Know About the IACC Series

  • 1. Who organises the IACC?
    • The International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) series is organised by the IACC Council and Transparency International (TI) in partnership with the national hosts. The national hosts are comprised of the host government, and local civil society partners, which are usually a TI National Chapter or National Contact Point.

  • 2. How is the IACC host country selected?
    • Each edition of the IACC is usually based in a different region of the world. There is an open selection process for interested host governments: typically, the potential hosts would initiate correspondence with the TI National Chapter or TI National Contact Point.

      As Secretariat to the IACC Council, the governing body of the Conference series, Transparency International Secretariat (TI-S) in Berlin explores the possibility of hosting an IACC with interested members of the TI movement (National Chapter, National Contact Point, Individual Member) and the governments of their respective countries. There is an open and competitive selection process for those interested: Typically, the TI representative in the country would initiate correspondence with the government to explore the interest in hosting the IACC. Traditionally, the future IACC host country shall be announced at the closing ceremony of the upcoming IACC; in the case of the 19th IACC host, it was announced on 24 October 2018 in Copenhagen.

      Interested governments shall provide a letter of intention to TI-S to start the process of negotiation. After evaluating the conditions that are offered, this process should continue with a formal proposal by the potential host country, stemming from the Head of State, the Prime Minister or President. The letter should be signed by the Head of a government ministry, or entity with a clear mandate to curb corruption or boost transparency in the country. The final decision on accepting the host country is made by the IACC Council.

      To learn more about the selection process of IACC in 2022, please write to [email protected]

  • 3. How do the organisers work together?
    • Once the IACC and host country have come to an agreement, a formal commitment is drawn up in the form of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). This MoU specifies the responsibilities between the organisers of the Conference including the financial implications.

      In addition to the MoU, a detailed implementation plan outlining everything to be done is drawn up between TI and the host country. The implementation plan outlines the specifics such as communication strategy, media advisory, workshop participation, fund administration, and all other logistics we need to take care of to ensure a successful IACC. The host country usually chooses to hire a professional conference organising company based in the city of the Conference to ensure the necessary logistical arrangements are efficiently taken care of. For each IACC, a competitive and public bidding process takes place in the host country to choose this company.

  • 4. Roughly how much does it cost to hold an IACC?
    • Costs vary depending on the host country, however the IACC usually costs between 2 and 4 million Euros. The conference budget is prepared by the host country, guided by TI who ensures that everything required to meet IACC standards has been taken into consideration.

      Participants attending the IACC are required pay a registration fee. Civil society organisations, academics and students are entitled to a discounted fee and, during a defined period, all participants are eligible to avail of a discounted rate known as Early Bird registration. Below are the registration fees for the 18th IACC which took place in Denmark in October 2018.

      Early Bird (all prices are listed in EUR excluding 25% VAT) Regular price (all prices are listed in EUR excluding 25% VAT)
      Regular fee 400 500
      Reduced fee (for NGOs, academic institutions and students) 300 400
      Accompanying persons 200 250
      Daily Rate 150 150

      To further support participation from experts and practitioners that otherwise could not attend the Conference, the host country and TI liaise with potential partners to raise additional funds with go towards participants’ travel. We usually try to secure about 150 to 200 thousand Euros for this cause.

      Financial reporting is an integral part of work; an audit is performed after each IACC to ensure the highest standards of accountability and transparency. If you would like to see financial audits for previous IACCs, please click here.

  • 5. How is the IACC agenda designed?
    • Throughout the years the IACC has contributed to bringing solutions to many of the world’s most pressing challenges. For example, the Athens Conference in 2008 was the first international forum to discuss the risks related to corruption and climate change, and the formation of conventions such as the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), and the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention were discussed during previous IACCs.

      The IACC team coordinates input from our counterparts in the host country, from TI as the Secretariat to the Conference and from our network of stakeholders so that the agenda is formed through a global consultation process that leads to the design of the Conference theme, rationale and objectives as well as the workshop agenda. Given the cross-cutting nature of corruption, the agenda is set to engage both the anti-corruption community and experts and practitioners from other areas that are highly sensitive to corruption. In doing so, the IACC pushes the boundaries of the global corruption agenda as it exposes the links with other areas like human rights, the environment, insecurity, and ensures a truly cross-sector solution-oriented debate.

      Having set the objectives, rationale and theme, the IACC team begins designing the full Conference programme which begins with a global call for workshop proposals. The call for workshop proposals is an open and participatory process where people from all around the world working on anti-corruption, or on the links between their field of expertise and corruption, are welcome to submit workshop proposals.

      Receiving hundreds of proposals for a programme of around 50-60 workshop slots, the IACC team begins mapping the information and opportunities that each proposal offers. By carefully considering and actively engaging with proposal coordinators, the IACC team, re-designs, merges, and shortlists the most forward-thinking and relevant content. The teams reviewing the proposals strive to ensure a regional, gender and professional balance within each session in the agenda. Once the final workshops are chosen the IACC team collaborates with the session coordinators and panellists to support the preparation and running of the sessions during the Conference.

      Besides this, the IACC team also designs the Conference plenary sessions. The design of the plenary sessions follow the same spirit of the workshops. Via a wide consultation the IACC team designs the topics for each plenary and then invites its speakers and moderators to ensure a lively and thought-provoking debate. All the IACC sessions are open and highly participatory.

  • 6. At the closing session of the Conference, the participants adopt a declaration, how does this work?
    • The IACC declarations summarize the main findings and outputs of each session that takes place at the Conference into a coherent anticorruption statement on behalf of all conference participants. The Declaration is not only a reflection of the richness of the discussions that have taken place, but it is also a tribute to the work and contribution by the IACC audience towards a fairer world.

      Collecting and summarising all the discussions and findings of 50 plus sessions is a task that must be managed efficiently. To ensure that everything runs smoothly, each conference session has at least one rapporteur. For the plenary sessions the IACC team asks a small number of TI staff with demonstrated writing and editing skills to write both a short and long plenary report. The plenary reports much be reviewed and signed off by the plenary moderator.

      During the conference the IACC team and TI Communications Department collate the reports. Their role is to ensure that the main findings and outputs of the sessions are summarized and presented as the Conference declaration. In short, the declaration is a reflection of all that has been discussed and shared during the 4 days of the Conference. During the final closing plenary, the newly drafted IACC Declaration is read out.