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. Today, 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.
About the IACC Series
The IACC is the world premier forum that brings together heads of state, civil society, the private sector and more to tackle the increasingly sophisticated challenges posed by corruption. The IACC takes place every two years in a different region of the world, and attracts up to 1500 participants from over 135 countries. The conference 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 IACC 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, helping 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.
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 serves as a platform to bring together practitioners and academics working on the topic to exchange information and ideas.
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.
Over four days of plenary discussions and an eclectic mix of over 40 workshops and special sessions, the IACC aims to forge solutions to the key challenges that effect our common future.
Past International Anti-Corruption Conferences
Ending Impunity: People, Integrity, Action
Speakers included: Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International; Patrick Alley, Director of Global Witness; Thuli Madonsela, Public Protector of South Africa; Kumi Naidoo, Executive Director of Greenpeace International; Robert Card, President and CEO of SNC Lavalin; Honourable Datuk Nor Shamsiah Mohd Yunus, Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Malaysia; Dunja Mijatovic, Representative on Freedom of the Media at the OSCE. See all Speakers here. Full theme and rationale.
Mobilising People: Connecting Agents of Change
Speakers included: Hon. Dilma Rousseff, President of Brazi; Sanjay Pradhan, Vice President, World Bank & Head of the World Bank Institute; Anamaria Schindler, Co-President Emeritus of Ashoka; Aruna Roy, Social and Political Activist; Tawakkol Karman, 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.
Restoring Trust: Global Action for Transparency
Speakers included: Salil Shetty, Secretary General at Amnesty International; Abhisit Vejjajiva, PM of Thailand; Patrick Alley, Director of Global Witness; Hilary Clinton, US Secretary of State; Avrind Ganesan, Director of Human Rights Watch and Panthep Klanarongran, President of the National Anti-Corruption Commission of Thailand (NACC).
Global Transparency: Fighting corruption for a sustainable future
Speakers included: HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan; Vice-President of the European Commission Siim Kallas, Prime Minister of Greece George Papandreou, Secretary General of Amnesty International Irene Khan, former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson and former President of Botswana Festus Mogae.
Guatemala City, Guatemala
Towards a Fairer World. Why Is Corruption Still Blocking the Way?
Speakers included: Founder TI Kenya John Githongo; President of Costa Rica Oscar Arias Sanchez; Former Foreign and Finance Minister of Nigeria Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, President of Guatemala Oscar Berger Perdomo
Seoul, Republic of Korea
Different Cultures, Common Values
Speakers included: 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, Czech Republic
Together Against Corruption: Designing Strategies, Assessing Impact, Reforming Corrupt Institutions
Speakers included: President of the Czech Republic Vaclav Havel, President of Mexico Vicente Fox, Investigative Judge Eva Joly, Philanthropist, George Soros.
Durban, South Africa
Global Integrity: 2000 and Beyond — Developing Anti-Corruption Strategies in a Changing World
Speakers included: President of South Africa Thabo Mbeki, President of Botswana Festus Mogae, Interpol Secretary General Ronald Noble
The State And Civil Society In The Fight Against Corruption
Speakers included: President Peru Alberto Fujimori Fujimori, Prof. Daniel Kaufmann, Harvard University, USA/Chile, Mr. Javed Burki, Vice-President, World Bank, Pakistan.
For more information about the Agreements and Financials of previous IACCs please see here.