International Conference Winter Academy - Fighting Fraud and Corruption in Public Sector
Fraud and corruption in the public sector heavily harm the economy, lower investment levels and reduce public finances. Anti-fraud and anti-corruption strategies are often not effective enough. Damages done to public institutions and their budgets by fraud and corruption can be enormous ranging from financial loss to reduction of organisational performance, reputation, credibility and public confidence.
It is therefore imperative that public staff responsible for preventing, detecting and combating fraud and corruption are well trained and have the knowledge and tools they need to protect the integrity of their public institution. Good risk management as well as prevention, detection and control systems should be considered as a constant challenge by every public sector authority. There is a need for more effective control instruments, reporting mechanisms, investigation methods and best practices.
Detecting fraud and corruption and making sure that it cannot be repeated is not solely the responsibility of anti-fraud officials and auditors. Without the cooperation of public officials working in high risk areas, it is very difficult to detect malpractice and illegitimate personal gain. Therefore, it is up to all levels of hierarchy in public institutions to create an environment of transparency, ethical conduct and accountability in order to ensure proper handling of the very important issues of prevention, detection and handling of fraud and corruption cases in public institutions.
The Winter Academy “Preventing & Handling Fraud and Corruption in the Public Sector” will provide you with an intensive training on issues and tools needed to keep public institutions free of fraud and corruption. Different types of malpractice and the environments that make them possible will be explained by experienced anti-fraud practitioners. Throughout the Winter Academy participants will learn about the entire cycle from effective risk management, preventative measures and detection methods to concrete actions to be taken in a confirmed case of fraud or corruption. This cycle needs to be applied to the areas with the highest risk of fraud and corruption such as:
- Prevention and detection measures and methodologies
- Fraud and corruption risk assessment
- Countering and investigating fraud
- Effective enforcement of anti-fraud and anti-corruption measures
During numerous workshops, public officials will work together in groups and will be challenged to apply their newly acquired skills in preventing and combating fraud and corruption. After each training day, participants put what they have learned to the test and take a knowledge check designed by our experts.
Based on the successful completion of the knowledge checks, participants will be awarded a unique diploma by the European Academy for Taxes, Economics & Law.
Practitioners fighting fraud and corruption or working in areas with high risk of fraud and corruption such as:
- Anti-Fraud and Anti-Corruption Officers
- Internal and External Auditors
- Investigation Officers
- Compliance Officers
- Risk Managers
- Executive Managers
- Procurement Officers
- Judicial and Police Officers working on economic crime
- Customs Agents
Especially invited are Heads of Departments and Units, Managers and other responsible staff from institutions such as:
- International, national and regional public institutions and organisations
- National and international agencies for international aid and development, economic cooperation & reconstruction
- Non-governmental organisations
- All central level public authorities such as ministries and executive agencies
- All public authorities on regional and local level as well as municipalities
- National and regional Courts of Auditors
- Corruption prevention and combating bureaus
- National inspection boards
- National and regional police and security authorities
- Public prosecution services
- Consulting companies working with and for the public sector
- Make sure to have highly qualified staff members that are aware of and able to prevent and detect fraud and corruption and will be able to protect your institution from malpractice
- Learn from a wide range of topics tailored according to your professional needs
- Demonstrate that your institution is proactive and takes fraud and corruption seriously
- Be up-to-date with typical practical pitfalls as well as recent tools and techniques for fraud and corruption detection
- Receive recommendations to your individual questions on how to avoid fraud and corruption
- Learn to design and implement strategies and methods for the prevention and detection of fraud and corruption in public institutions
- Learn to use preventive measures in the context of Public-Private Partnerships
- Reduce fraud to an absolute minimum within a set timescale
- Learn interview strategies and techniques to detect and report fraud to the relevant law enforcement authorities
- Understand the factors that increase the risk of fraud and corruption
- Learn to effectively cooperate during all phases of the fraud cycle
- Learn to collect reliable evidence, which can be used before court
- Network with experts and colleagues and exchange know-how
- Measure your knowledge in a special knowledge check
- Receive a unique diploma at the end of the Winter Academy
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