History

As recognition of the need to combat corruption grows, so does the need for information exchange. An increasing number of institutions are involved in addressing corruption and have developed a range of strategies for counteracting the problem in varying contexts. With this in mind, the International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) brings together practitioners and academics working on the topic to exchange information and ideas.

The idea for the conference first arose among a number of anti-corruption law enforcement agencies, including Hong Kong’s Independent Commission Against Corruption, the Inspector General for the District of Columbia (Washington D.C.) and the New York City Department of Investigation. Initially, the focus was on law enforcement issues. Strategies and tactics were developed to deter and investigate official corruption and the scope of the conference grew quickly. The conference now involves the entire spectrum of stakeholders in its effort to combat corruption and fraud throughout the world.

The IACC serves as the premier global forum for the networking and cross-fertilisation that are indispensable for effective advocacy and action, on a global and national level. The conferences attract politicians, national and local government officials, representatives of the world of business, the judiciary, law enforcement and accounting professionals, researchers, international development organisations, the media, and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). In short, all those who come into contact with forms of corruption through their work, alongside those who are concerned with the prevention or prosecution of corrupt practices.

The IACC series draws attention to corruption by raising awareness and stimulating debate. It fosters the global exchange of experience and methodologies in controlling corruption. The conferences promote international cooperation among agencies and citizens from all parts of the world. They also help to develop personal relationships by providing the opportunity for face-to-face dialogue and direct liaison between representatives from the agencies and organisations taking part.

Location

Date

Conference Title

Plenary Highlights

Athens

October 2008

Global Transparency: Fighting corruption for a sustainable future. 

Guatemala City

November 2006

Towards a Fairer World. Why Is Corruption Still Blocking the Way?

Founder TI Kenya John Githongo, President of Costas Rica Oscar Arias Sanchez, Former Foreign and Finance Minister of Nigeria Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, President of Guatemala Oscar Berger Perdomo

Seoul

May 2003

Different Cultures, Common Values

President of South Korea Roh Moo-hyun, Attorney General of Lesotho Fine Maema, Civil Society Activist Aruna Roy, Justice Minister of Kenya Kuraiti Murungi, Theologian Hans Küng


Prague

October 2001

Together Against Corruption: Designing Strategies, Assessing Impact, Reforming Corrupt Institutions

President of the Czech Republic Vaclav Havel, President of Mexico Vicente Fox, Investigative Judge Eva Joly, Philanthropist George Soros

Durban

October 1999

Global Integrity: 2000 and Beyond -- Developing Anti-Corruption Strategies in a Changing World

President of South Africa Thabo Mbeki, President of Botswana Festus Mogae, Interpol Secretary General Ronald Noble

Lima

September 1997

The State and Civil Society in the Fight Against Corruption

OAS (Organisation of American States) Secretary General Cesar Gaviria, World Bank President James Wolfensohn

Beijing

1995

  

Cancun

1993

  

Amsterdam

1992

  

Sydney

1989

  

New York

1985

  

Washington D.C

1983