The Sustainable Development Goals and particularly article 16 thereof provide an essential global framework to achieve Peace, Security, and Development. Through the 18th IACC we aim to not only take stock of achievements so far, but to devise action plans to make our collective goals a reality – not least to the benefit of the developing world that needs it most of all. The time for action is now !

Dear Colleagues, thank you for your interest in the IACC workshops. Please know that the call for proposals has now closed.

Besides high-level plenary debates, the 18th IACC in Copenhagen will feature around 35 thought-provoking workshops related to and inspired by the umbrella Conference theme Together for Development, Peace, and Security: Now is the Time to Act


Through a series of open and frank debates, the IACC’s goal is to support, empower and engage people from all sectors and countries to stand up against corruption.


In seeking to support, empower and engage people from all sectors and countries to stand up against corruption, the IACC objectives are:

  • To generate new ideas and innovative strategies against corruption, showcasing game changing anti-corruption solutions and the people behind them.
  • To connect people in different sectors and across the world to scale anti-corruption ideas globally.
  • To engage new audiences in the fight against corruption.

Workshop Formats

Each workshop at the 18th IACC will last 120 minutes and should leave time at the end for questions from the audience. The thematic agenda for the 18th IACC workshops is framed in two different formats for you to choose from.

  • Interactive Circle: This is a fishbowl-style, interactive set up. Conversation and debate with the audience is encouraged; lengthy presentations and PowerPoints are discouraged.
  • Panel Debate: This is a traditional panel set up, with a table at the front of the room facing the audience. Fewer presentations and more discussion ideal.

Ideally, each workshop should be pitched around one of the following Thematic Streams

Designing the future of the fight against corruption

In a increasingly interdependent world where changing geopolitics, natural resources scarcity and new technologies are setting new trends and challenges, corruption increases in complexity and reach. This thematic stream will explore these scenarios and highlight which new strategies, tools and alliances are needed to meet the challenges of our present and future.

Defending good governance for peace and security

The world is witnessing the erosion of good governance and the rise of populism and extremism and with it a sharp increase in human right violations and violence. Good governance is central to preventing corruption and the rise of non democratic regimes. The aspiration of people from all continents to live in peace and stand against injustice is no longer possible. This thematic stream aims to provide a platform to support all those who are defending their rights and the rights of their people and because of it face threats, coercion or worst.

Breaking the global corruption web

Dirty money, environmental crimes, trafficking, terrorism and organized crime are connected and strengthened by corruption. This thematic stream will expose how corruption links these global threats, explore what actions are being taken by institutions and actors from all sectors and shall seek to formulate new strategies and alliances in order to strike a blow to the global corruption cobweb.

Exposing the corrupt, knocking out impunity

Leaks, whistleblowers, cross border investigations and the use of new technologies, and data have all moved the needle in the fight against corruption. Being exposed is now a real fear the corrupt live with. Yet impunity can still buy safe havens. This thematic stream will highlight how exposing the corrupt has changed the anti-corruption fight and identify the measures required to eliminate the protection of those living with impunity.

Ensuring development with social justice, together

The adoption of the UN SDG’s and in particular the inclusion of article 16 provides the global community a framework for cooperation and advance on our aspirations for a sustainable, fair and peaceful future.  But a global framework is not enough. This thematic stream will assess progress on commitments made through the SDG’s and generate strategies to accelerate it’s implementation at national, regional and global level.

Turning promises into collective action

Throughout the years the anti-corruption movement has achieved to place corruption, transparency and good governance at the centre of the global agenda. Numerous conventions, laws, partnerships and commitments have set firm roots in the international institutional setting, but the challenges posed by corruption are ever increasing. This stream aims to take stock of progress and stumbling blocks on the implementation of key commitments and by forging new alliances ensure their effective implementation.

To view the workshop proposal form, please click here.

Time frame

Workshop proposals are welcome from 15th February 2018 until midnight Pacific Daylight Time on the 15th April 2018.

How to Submit

Step 1: Read the 18th IACC theme “Together for Development, Peace, and Security: Now is the Time to Act” and consider the rationale behind the theme to get inspiration, and see where your workshop idea would fit. You’ll be asked to explain how the proposal fits with the theme in the workshop application form.

Step 2: Talk to your colleagues, peers and other experts in your field to build a strong panel with regional, sectoral and gender diversity.

Step 3: Submit your proposal via the online form. Proposals are to be submitted online only, proposals received via email will not be accepted.

Step 4: Please be aware that to support participation, each workshop included in the Conference agenda will receive a maximum of three conference registration fee waivers for the panel. Please be aware that the 18th IACC cannot provide funding to support travel or accommodation for workshop panellists. For the 18th IACC, all workshops in the agenda shall be self-funded.

Who can submit?

Anyone interested in joining the anti-corruption movement can propose and run a workshop at the IACC. Of all the proposals received, the most thought-provoking and thematically relevant 35 will be selected to hold a workshop at the conference. We welcome workshop proposals from any organisation or individual, and encourage collaboration across organisations and regions. Panels with diversity in terms of gender, geography and organisational expertise are preferred.

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