IACC Inside-Out

6 Key Things to Know About the IACC Series

1. Who organises the IACC?
2. How is the IACC host country selected?
3. How do the organisers work together?
4. Roughly how much does it cost to hold an IACC?
5. How is the IACC agenda designed?
6. At the closing session of the Conference, the participants adopt a declaration, how does this work?

1. Who organises the IACC?

The IACC series is organised by the IACC Council and Transparency International in partnership with the national hosts. The national hosts are comprised of the host government, and local civil society partners, which are usually a Transparency International National Chapter or National Contact Point.

The next edition of the IACC, the 15th International Anti-Corruption Conference is hosted by the Office of the Comptroller General (OCG) based in the Brasilia, Brazil and two civil society hosts based in São Paulo. These are the TI National Contact point- AMARRIBO, which stands for Amigos Associados de Ribeirão Bonito and is a network of organisations and Instituto Ethos, a non-profit organisation focusing on Business and Social Responsibility. The hosts are responsible for securing a Conference Venue and hiring a professional conference organising company in charge of logistical arrangements.

The IACC Council is the main governing and oversight body of the IACC Series. The Council is a not-for-profit unincorporated body whose objective is to foster the holding of biennial IACC at regular intervals. The IACC Council is chaired by the Hon Justice Barry O’Keefe A.M. Ret. Justice O’Keefe was elected from amongst the Council members. In total the Council consists of eight members with a variety of backgrounds who have played a significant role in the fight against corruption. Decisions made by the Council related to the IACC are taken by consensus.

Members include:

Hon. Justice Barry O’Keefe A.M. Ret. (Chair)
Jose Ugaz, Partner, Benitez, Forno & Ugaz Abogados
Jermyn Brooks, Chair, TI Business Advisory Board
Katherine Marshall, Professor, Georgetown’s Berkley Center for Religion
Medhi Krongkaew, Commissioner, National Anti-Corruption Commission of Thailand
Akere Muna, Vice Chair, Transparency International
Augustin Ruzindana, APNAC
Michael Hershman, President and CEO, The Fairfax Group

Transparency International (TI) is the Secretariat to the IACC Council, based in Berlin. TI is the creative force and the agenda setters of the conference. This means everything from designing the Conference theme to selecting and securing the world’s most inspirational speakers, devising thought-provoking plenary sessions that stimulate debate, working with civil society, private and public sectors and a range of anti-corruption fighters from around the world to design a mix of up to 50 thematic workshops exploring new thinking on corruption.

TI designs the IACC Global Challenges, the social media strategy and the array of IACC Game Changers initiatives focusing on grass-roots campaigning, social monitoring, new technologies, victim support, young people, journalists and social entrepreneurs, all who share a common mission to support and find creative, practical solutions to crack corruption. One of TI’s core objectives is to engage new people in the fight against corruption.

TI also provides advice and assistance to the host of each conference on behalf of the IACC Council. TI assists the host country in ensuring optimum logistical standards, national and regional advocacy and marketing campaigns, and last but not least, supporting fundraising for delegates from all around the world.

Current members of the IACC team include:

Miklos Marschall, Deputy Director of Transparency International, IACC Series Director
Roberto Perez-Rocha, Senior Manager, IACC Series
Paula O’Malley, IACC Programme Coordinator
Mara Mendes, IACC Communications

TI does not do all of this alone; it’s a multi-stakeholder approach. There is also the IACC Programme Committee which is an advisory body for the IACC programme development. The committee is freshly constituted for every IACC, and consists of around ten international experts on anti-corruption and related fields.

The Programme Committee members for the 15th IACC are:
Shaazka Beyerle, Senior Advisor with the International Center on Non-Violent Conflict (ICNC) and a Visting Scholar at the Centre for Transatlantic Relations, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University
Magdalena Sepúlveda Carmona, Research Director, International Council on Human Rights Policy, and United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights
Dr. Åse Grødeland, Senior Researcher, Fafo Institute for Applied International Studies
Stephanie Hankey, Co-Founder, Tactical Tech
Robert Leventhal, Director, Anti-corruption Programs and Governance Initiatives, International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Bureau, U.S. Departement of State
Caio Luiz Carneiro Magri, Director of Public Policy, Instituto Ethos
Phil Matsheza, Anti-Corruption Advisor, UNDP
Maud Perdirel-Vaissiere, Managing Director of SHERPA
Juanita Riaño, Office of Institutional Integrity, Inter-American Development Bank
Leo Roberto Galdino Torresan, Member of the Board, AMARRIBO Brasil
Ricardo Uceda, Executive Director, IPYS
Vania Vieira, Director of Corruption Prevention, Office of the Comptroller General, Brazil
Davida Wood, Project Manager of Electricity Governance Initiative, World Resources Institute

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 a competitive bidding process for interested host countries: Typically, the potential hosts would initiate correspondence with the TI national chapter or contact point. Once contact has been established, the interested country should formally state their interest in hosting an IACC by sending a letter of interest to the IACC Secretariat in Berlin. 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. An IACC brief outlining the organisational, logistic and financial implications for the host country is shared with the potential host, this would be followed by a response letter confirming acceptance of all implications.

The IACC Council ultimately decides on the next host based on the country’s demonstrated effort to fight corruption, the potential impact of bringing the international anti-corruption community to the given country, along with the country’s significance at a regional and global level.

Once the IACC Council and host country have come to an agreement, a formal commitment is drawn up in the form of a Memorandum of Understanding. This MoU specifies the responsibilities between the organisers of the Conference including the financial implications. If you’d like to learn more, the MoU’s from the present and previous conferences are here

3. How do the organisers work together?

In addition to the abovementioned MoU, a detailed implementation plan outlining absolutely everything to be done is drawn up between TI, the hosts and a Professional Conference Organising Company. The implementation plan outlines the specifics such as communication strategy, media advisory, workshop participation, fund administration, and basically everything we need to take care of to ensure a successful IACC. A Professional Conference Organising Company based in the city of the Conference is hired 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 about 18 months before the Conference after which a Conference Organising Company is hired.

4. Roughly how much does it cost to hold an IACC?

Costs can vary depending on the country but we’ve put together a rough summary of the core costs based on the last two Conferences (Athens 2008 and Bangkok 2010) to give you an idea. The benchmark cost of the Conference is around 2.5 to 3 million Euros. The cost is estimated for a two year period and distributed in the following way:

a) Hosting and logistics (local costs): 1.8 to 2.4 Million Euros.

b) Conference management and Programme development: 650 Thousand Euros (Payable to TI)

c) Participants support: 300 Thousand Euros

The conference budget is prepared by the host country and to guide this process, TI provides the host country with a detailed list of all items required to be taken into consideration to ensure meeting the standards required for the IACC.

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”. Where possible, a percentage of the fees obtained by the Conference is used to recover some of the costs. The registration fees for the 15th IACC are outlined below.

Registration fees

All prices are in Euros (€)

Classification Early Bird
Until 22 September
From 23 September to 15 October 2012
Regular fee (EUR) 550 750
Reduced fee (EUR) (for NGOs, academic institutions and students) 350 500
Accompanying persons (EUR) 250 350
Daily Rate (EUR)* 250

To further support participation from experts and practitioners that otherwise could not attend the Conference, the host country and TI liaise with potential partners (bilateral, multilaterals, private sector or other countries) to raise additional funds to support expert participation from developing countries. We usually try to secure about 150 to 200 thousand Euros for this cause and are happy to accept the kind support from various partner institutions that directly funds participants’ travel.

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 worlds 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,

Given the cross-cutting nature of corruption, the agenda is set to engage the anti-corruption community with experts and practitioners from areas that are highly sensitive to corruption. The IACC global challenges encapsulate these areas: Peace and Security, Natural Resources and Energy Markets, Climate Governance, Corporate and Financial Governance. In doing so, the IACC agenda remains at the cutting-edge of the global debate as it links these discussions with other global movements like human rights, environment and ensures a truly cross-sector solution-oriented debate. The IACC Team ensures that: the IACC Programme Committee; TI as the Secretariat to the Conference; along with a network of stakeholders participate in a global consultation process that leads to the design of the Conference theme, rationale and objectives.

Having set the objectives, rationale and theme, the IACC team designs the Conference framework which also serves as a global call for workshops session proposals. The call for workshop session proposals is an open and participatory process where people from all around the world working on anti-corruption, or the links between their field of expertise and corruption, are welcome to submit workshop proposals.

Receiving hundreds of proposals for an agenda of around 50 sessions, the IACC team with support from the IACC Programme Committee manages the wealth of information and opportunities that each proposal offers. By carefully considering and actively engaging with proposal coordinators from the moment the proposal is submitted, the IACC and the Programme Committee shapes, 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 sessions are designed the IACC team collaborates with the session coordinators and panellists to support the preparations, and running of the sessions during the Conference.

Besides this, the IACC team also designs the Conference plenary sessions and runs the IACC initiatives. The design of the plenary sessions follow the same spirit of the workshop sessions, via a wide consultation the IACC team designs the topics for each plenary, selects and secures its speakers and moderators to ensure a lively and thought-provoking debate during these sessions. All the IACC sessions are open and highly participatory.

The IACC also runs the Conference initiatives. The umbrella IACC Game Changers Initiative and its group focused initiatives known as The IACC Social Entrepreneurs and the IACC Young Journalists support and connect a dynamic mix of practitioners that are changing the rules of the game by applying cutting-edge solutions, many of which stem from beyond the anti-corruption sector.

6. At the closing session of the Conference, the participants adopt a declaration, how does this work?

The IACC declarations summarise the main findings and outputs of each session that takes place at the Conference. The declaration is as a non binding document that follows the independent nature of the Conference. 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 invites 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.

For each workshop session, the workshop coordinator is responsible for inviting and securing the workshop session rapporteur. After each session the reports are reviewed and approved by the respective coordinator ensuring in this way that the report is an accurate reflection of the most important discussions and outputs from the workshop.

During the conference the IACC team and TI Communications Department collate the reports, and deliver the documents to a highly skilled team of writers and editors. Their role is to ensure that the main findings and outputs of the sessions are summarised 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 by young representatives from the host country. After which the Chair of the IACC Council takes the podium to ask the audience for their approval in order to adopt the Declaration.

To read the previous conference declarations please click here, to access the reports of all the sessions from previous conferences please click here.

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