Thematic Streams

The programme for the 13th IACC is designed on 4 thematic streams and up to 40 Workshops that will be grouped under the streams.

Stream 1: Peace and security

Corruption in state institutions responsible for providing security and justice allows the existence of power structures and shadow networks that challenge and destabilise the state itself. Depending on the extent to which these power structures and networks are able to penetrate state institutions, violence and insecurity can escalate to levels that interrupt and external peace of states. This stream aims to explore the causes and consequences of corruption in security and justice institutions in order to produce strategies and partnerships to overcome them. This stream aims to include, but is not limited to, the following issues:

  • State capture, organised crime and shadow networks
  • Illegal trafficking (human, drug, arms) and illicit money flows.
  • Justice and security institutions transparency, accountability and reform.
  • Corruption and terrorism.
  • Corrupt institutions, human rights abuses and impunity.
  • Aid and assistance during and after conflict and crisis situations.

Stream 2: Corruption in the natural resources and energy sectors

The extractive industries and their related markets, particularly the energy market, are highly prone to corruption. Given the amount of money and interests involved, corruption in these sectors often determines the fate of democratic institutions and the lives of millions around the world while having a significant and often detrimental impact on the environment. The aim of this stream is to take a close look at the causes and consequences of corruption in these sectors while discussing and producing strategies and partnerships to overcome them. This stream aims to include, but is not limited to, the following issues:

  • Corruption in the extraction, management and commerce of natural resources (forestry, water, land, fishery and whaling, mining, oil and gas).
  • Strategies for the sustainable and transparent extraction and preservation of natural resources.
  • Extractive industries transparency and accountability (payments, investments, reserves, market manipulation, contracting, revenue management, social investment, compliance to international regulation).
  • Civil society, private and public sector projects and partnerships (EITI, PWYP, RTP among others).
  • Future trends in the energy market (i.e. renewable such as hydropower, geothermal, and bio fuels etc.), corruption threats and strategies for overcoming them.

Stream 3: Climate change and corruption

Climate change threats life as we know it. Debates and strategies to cope with its causes and consequences translate into one of the most important policy change on global human development. Corruption fuels climate change and can significantly reduce the impact of the actions against it. What's more, if not properly addressed current and future strategies to cope with climate change can produce negative effects on the ecosystems and populations. This stream will focus on discussing how corruption is one of the causes of climate change and why strategies to cope with it already highlight corruption hotspots. Workshops shall discuss and produce strategies and partnerships to overcome these challenges. This stream aims to include, but is not limited to, the following issues:

  • Linking the climate change discourse with anti-corruption work.
  • Effects of corruption in the natural resources and energy markets and its impact on climate change.
  • Essential anti-corruption strategies, tools and measures for addressing and preventing climate change.
  • Transparency and accountability as determinants to effectively cope with climate change effects (i.e. Relief and aid for post disaster, drought, flood, food scarcity, mass migration).
  • Accountability and transparency on preventive climate change strategies (i.e. Construction projects, green branding, carbon trading schemes and Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects etc.).


Stream 4: Sustainable globalisation:

Sustainable globalisation requires the successful implementation of corruption prevention and enforcement measures and concerted action between the main actors of society on a local, national and international level.

There are considerable number of initiatives, organisations, and tools that address this need. The purpose of this stream is to examine the challenges, opportunities and effectiveness of the current leading work, with a focus on actors, innovation and the need for partnerships. This stream aims to include, but is not limited to, the following issues:

  • International instruments and cooperation for tackling corruption (UNCAC, OECD etc.), judicial corruption, prosecution and enforcement.
  • Anti-corruption/bribery programmes, public contracting, public-private partnerships, voluntary initiatives (such as Global Compact, PACI) and emerging trends in private sector corruption.
  • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), ethical and socially responsible investment, Foreign aid (development assistance (ODA) and other aid flows) MDGs, transparency in basic service delivery (health, education, sanitation etc.)
  • Measures and cooperation against shadow economies, tax havens and corruption in political finance.
  • Research and Development (R&D) and technological innovation.
  • Access to information and new information technologies.
  • Investigative journalism and whistle blowing.
  • Civil Society Organisations (CSO) governance.