Group photo - Regional Summer Acacemy Latin AmericaThe first IACA Regional Summer Academy - Latin America has ended successfully, generating positive reactions from anti-corruption professionals across the region.

The programme, which took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, concluded at the end of last week. It consisted of seven days of intensive thinking and discussion with leading experts about how to prevent and fight corruption in the region, with an emphasis on developing and emulating best practices.

The latter part of the programme included two round-table discussions with prominent panellists. The first focused on private sector initiatives to fight corruption, while the second discussed the future of anti-corruption in Latin America.

Another highlight was a reception hosted by the Austrian embassy in Buenos Aires, which was attended by participants and also ambassadors from the participants’ home countries.

Half of the anti-corruption professionals who took part in the programme work in the private sector and half in the public sector. They came from ten countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay.

Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA, said: “The quality, energy, and engagement of the participants and speakers in this first IACA Regional Summer Academy have been fantastic. By empowering professionals and building networks in the fight against corruption, this programme can have a significant impact in the region and beyond.”

The IACA Regional Summer Academy - Latin America was co-sponsored under the Siemens Integrity Initiative. IACA plans to hold another Regional Summer Academy in East Africa in mid-2016, supported by the Austrian Development Agency.