DSC 0485 webIACA recently developed and delivered a workshop in La Paz, Bolivia on the theme of collective action in the fight against corruption, organized in partnership with the Ministry of Justice and Institutional Transparency of Bolivia and the University of San Andres (Argentina).

The one-day event on 20 June attracted about 100 participants from government Transparency Units, the private sector, and civil society. Discussions focused on prospects for fighting corruption in Bolivia through successful collective action initiatives, especially within the framework of the current process of strengthening Transparency Units.

These units are special offices within public institutions and public enterprises that are in charge of preventing and investigating alleged corruption cases. There are more than 300 such bodies in Bolivia.

Speakers included Martin Zapata, a member of the academic team in IACA’s Compliance and Collective Action Department, Mr. Gonzalo Trigoso, Bolivia’s Vice-Minister of Transparency and the Fight Against Corruption, Mr. Ricardo Cespedes, Director General of this ministry, and Fernando Basch, a researcher and lecturer at the University of San Andres.

Involving the private sector in the fight against corruption was also a prominent theme at the workshop. In this regard IACA is currently accepting applications for its new International Master in Anti-Corruption Compliance and Collective Action (IMACC), the first master’s programme specially designed for professionals involved with the business sector in these fields.