RIACS Partnerships

Independent Commission Against Corruption, Australia

The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) was established by the NSW Government in 1989 in response to growing community concern about the integrity of public administration in NSW. 

The ICAC's principal functions are set out in the Independent Commission Against Corruption Act 1988. In summary, they are: 

  • to investigate and expose corrupt conduct in the NSW public sector
  • to actively prevent corruption through advice and assistance, and 
  • to educate the NSW community and public sector about corruption and its effects.

The jurisdiction of the ICAC extends to all NSW public sector agencies (except the NSW Police Force) and employees, including government departments, local councils, members of Parliament, ministers, the judiciary and the governor. The ICAC's jurisdiction also extends to those performing public official functions.


United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Division for Public Administration and Development Management

The Division for Public Administration and Development Management (DPADM) of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) provides secretariat support to the United Nations Programme on Public Administration and Development. It assists the Member States of the United Nations in fostering efficient, effective, transparent, accountable, clean and citizen-centered public governance, administration and services through innovation and technology to achieve the internationally agreed development goals including the MDGs.


The Anti-Corruption Research Network

The Anti-Corruption Research Network (ACRN) is an online platform and the global meeting point for a research community that spans a wide range of disciplines and institutions. ACRN is a podium to present innovative findings and approaches in corruption / anti-corruption research, a sounding board to bounce off ideas and questions, a marketplace to announce jobs, events, courses and funding. The periodic spotlight section also looks at specific corruption issues and highlights key research insights and contributions on the selected topic.

The online platform is designed to ensure a high degree of user input and interaction. Registered users of ACRN can comment on posted items and they are able to create their own user profiles and connect with other corruption experts across the globe. They can subscribe to targeted information streams from the web platform using RSS. The forums can be used by members to seek peer advice, brainstorm new ideas and the Calendar and the Marketplace can be used to share information on upcoming conferences, funding opportunities or jobs.

We hope that with these functionalities, ACRN will enable policy-makers, practitioners and journalists to gain easy, efficient access to relevant academic research and help the anti-corruption research community to forge stronger networks across disciplines and with policy makers.


Transparency International

Transparency International's mission states "One global movement sharing one vision: a world in which government, business, civil society and the daily lives of people are free of corruption."

In 1993, a few individuals decided to take a stance against corruption and created Transparency International. Now present in more than 100 countries, the movement works relentlessly to stir the world’s collective conscience and bring about change. Much remains to be done to stop corruption, but much has also been achieved, including:

  • the creation of international anti-corruption conventions
  • the prosecution of corrupt leaders and seizures of their illicitly gained riches
  • national elections won and lost on tackling corruption
  • companies held accountable for their behaviour both at home and abroad.


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