The 9th International Anti-Corruption Conference took place in
Durban, South Africa, from 10 - 15 October, 1999. The Conference theme was:
Global Integrity: 2000 and Beyond -- Developing Anti-Corruption
Strategies in a Changing World. As explained in a
press release, it was hosted by the South African
Minister of Justice and was held at the International Conference
Center in Durban. South Africa was chosen as venue for 1999 at the
8th IACC held in Lima, Peru, in 1997. This was the first
IACC to be held in Africa, and was a testament to the growing concern
about corruption among African governments and civil society
The Conference was keenly supported by South African President
Thabo Mbeki, and also had the strong backing of such international
figures as UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, World Bank President James
Wolfensohn, UNDP head Mark Malloch-Brown, former Tanzanian President Julius
Nyerere and African Development Bank President Omar Kabbaj.
This event once again brought together practitioners and
academicians to exchange information and experience on strategies and
methods for combating corruption in developing and developed countries.
professionals and activists from 135 countries, north, south, east
and west came together to contribute to, and benefit from this exchange.
The Conference programme
was designed to have a practical emphasis, with
speakers drawn from across a wide spectrum of countries and disciplines.
Workshop topics ranged from Role of Donors to Countering Money Politics
and from Money Laundering to The Role of Creative Arts in Fighting
The determination of the Conference participants to continue to combat
corruption was expressed in the Durban Commitment,
a statement agreed
on by the Conference participants at the conclusion of the gathering.