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 140 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.
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, and series of Films for Transparency among others. You can read the latest articles on our blog.
The 19th IACC was hosted 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 19th IACC took place from 1 to 4 in December 2020.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Costs vary depending on the host country, however the IACC usually costsbetween2 and4 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”.
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. Our financial audits for previous IACCs, are available on the Governance and Accountability page.
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 50-60workshop 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 panelists 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.
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 summarizing 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 asksa 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 Commented [AC4]: Link to Governance and Accountability section 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.
Huguette Labelle is the former Chair of the Board of Transparency International, member of the Board of the UN Global Compact, member of the Group of External Advisors on the World Bank Governance and Anti-corruption Strategy, member of the Advisory Group to the Asian Development Bank on Climate Change and Sustainable Development, member of the Executive Board of the Africa Capacity Building Foundation, member of the Board of the Global Centre for Pluralism, member of the Advisory Council of the Order of Ontario and Vice Chair of the Senior Advisory Board of the International Anti-Corruption Academy. A former Chancellor of the University of Ottawa, she also serves on additional national and international boards. She provides advisory services to national and international organisations. Labelle served for 19 years as Deputy Minister of different Canadian Government departments.
Rueben Lifuka is an Architect and Environmental Management Consultant working in Zambia and the Southern African region. He is also a 2011 Draper Hills Summer Fellow with the Centre for Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law at Stanford University, USA. He is one of the founder members of Transparency International Zambia and served as its Chapter President from 2007 to 2012. He was also elected in 2008 as a Board member on the international board of Transparency International. He served two terms of office until 2014. During his tenure as TI Board member, Rueben pierced on several committees, notably, he chaired the important Membership Accreditation Committee. He was recently elected to serve on the International Anti Corruption Conference Council. Today, he continues to be actively involved in research and advocacy on climate change and corruption as well as land and corruption in Africa.
Michael Hershman, President and CEO, The Fairfax Group, is an internationally recognized expert on matters relating to transparency, accountability, governance and security. The Fairfax Group, founded in 1983, has been retained by governments, corporations and international financial institutions to assist on matters relating to the conduct of senior-level officials and/or the entities with which they do business. In December 2006, Mr. Hershman was appointed as the independent compliance advisor to the board of directors of Siemens AG, a company with more than 400,000 employees.
Katherine Marshall, is a senior fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, where she leads the Center’s program on Religion and Global Development. After a long career in the development field, including several leadership positions at the World Bank, Marshall moved to Georgetown in 2006, where she also serves as a visiting professor in the School of Foreign Service. She helped to create and now serves as the executive director of the World Faiths Development Dialogue.
Giannna Segnini from Costa Rica was head of the investigative team at «La Nacion». Their investigations has led to prosecution of more than 50 politicians, businessmen and public servants in Costa Rica, UK, USA, France and Finland. Two former presidents in Costa Rica is convicted for corruption. Segnini has been training journalists all over Latin-America and USA in computer assisted reporting for years. She’s a well know speaker at conferences all around the world and has received several international prizes for her work.
Anand Satyanand is a New Zealander with family links to the Pacific and India. He comes to the IACC after an association with the New Zealand chapter of Transparency International, as a Director and then Patron for three years. He has a long record of contribution to public life and served as the country’s 19th Governor-General between 2006 and 2011. Following that he undertook two roles with an international aspect, first as Chair of the Commonwealth Foundation, the people’s organisation counterpart to the Commonwealth Secretariat in London, and secondly as a member of TI’s International Advisory Council. Prior to appointment as Governor-General, he had been one of New Zealand’s Parliamentary Ombudsmen for two terms, each of five years. In New Zealand, the Ombudsman office has jurisdiction for cases involving maladministration as well as freedom of information. Prior to that he worked for 12 years as a judge in the District Court with a specialist warrant for criminal jury trials. In this judicial time, he also worked as a member of the National Parole Board and in developing judicial education programmes in New Zealand. Born and raised in Auckland he studied and then practised law in that city, some of that time with the Crown Solicitor’s Office and some in a regular law firm. Over time, he has been the recipient of a number of awards in New Zealand and elsewhere, for example, being knighted with an award of Grand Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2009, and with the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award by the President of India in 2011, membership of the Royal Order of Tonga by King Tupou V, and the Rotary International Award of Honour. Throughout, he has maintained a number of community interests to do with sport and cultural affairs. He and his wife Susan have three adult children and five grandchildren and live in Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city.
Rajiv Joshi is a social entrepreneur and activist who serves as Managing Director and a founding member of The B Team, based in New York. He is working actively with some of the world’s most influential CEOs to help redefine the role of business in tackling inequality, corruption, climate change and other barriers to sustainable development. Rajiv has served as a Trustee of Oxfam and as Executive Director and Head of Programs for the Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP), the world’s largest civil society alliance working to end poverty and inequality. During this time he led global action towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), mobilizing over 173 million people as part of the ‘Stand Up: Take Action’ initiative. He also supported The Elders with their ‘Every Human Has Rights’ campaign and helped spearhead citizen participation in creating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as co-founder of ‘The World We Want 2015’ platform and founding Chair of the Post-2015 Policy and Strategy Group.
Rajiv also serves on the Board of the Centre for Scottish Public Policy. He previously served for six years as an elected Board Member of CIVICUS based in Johannesburg, representing civil society organisations in more than 100 countries. In 2008 Rajiv founded the CIVICUS Youth Assembly.
From 2005-2007 Rajiv served two elected terms as Chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament, and has also been a Senior Advisor to the British Council, as well as a publicly appointed member of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (Scotland Committee). He also worked as a Senior Public Sector Consultant with CapGemini in the UK. Rajiv holds a First Class Honors Degree in Economics from the University of Strathclyde and a Masters in Public Policy and Administration (MPA) with a focus on International Economic Policy from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.
Thuli Madonsela is an advocate from South Africa. She is the Public Protector of South Africa. Madonsela is an ordinary member of the Pretoria branch of the African National Congress (ANC). During the apartheid era Madonsela served in the ANC and in the United Democratic Front anti-apartheid organisation. Madonsela was also one of the drafters of South Africa’s current constitution in 1994.
She is an advocate for Gender equality and the advancement of women, Madonsela is a member of South African Women Lawyers Association (SAWLA) and Business Women’s Association of South Africa (BWASA). In 2012, she was honoured with South Africa’s most Influential Women Award. She has authored and co authored several publications including books, chapter, journals and handbooks on gender management and gender mainstreaming.