Over 150 international investigators are meeting in Montreux, Switzerland this week for the 16th Conference of International Investigators. Hosted for the first time by the Global Fund Office of the Inspector General, the conference brings together investigators from United Nations agencies, development banks and international organizations.
Founded originally by Franz-Hermann Brüner, Director-General of the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) from 2000- 2009, the conference is one of the leading annual forums for investigators to discuss the latest methods to prevent and disrupt fraud and corruption. OLAF remains a key partner for the conference providing both financial support and experts for the training sessions that precede the conference.
Mouhamadou Diagne, Inspector General of the Global Fund, declared “As the Global Fund Office of the Inspector General celebrates its 10-year anniversary this year, we are delighted to be able to host this conference and facilitate international cooperation between all investigative offices in the global fight against fraud and corruption.”
This year, the Global Fund Office of the Inspector General has proposed the theme of “those we impact”, introducing human rights on to the conference agenda for the first time. “The impact of our work can literally mean life or death,” said Katie Hodson, Head of Investigations at the Global Fund Office of the Inspector General and Conference Chair. “For example, stolen medicine means that a patient may not receive lifesaving treatment; human rights violations can lead to a denial of basic health services for vulnerable and marginalized people. Our investigations help to ensure that funds are used properly and that the programs they finance have the greatest impact.”
The Franz-Hermann Brüner Memorial Lecture honors the contribution made by the conference founder and his lifelong work to develop an international network of investigators. This year, Michael Kirby will give the lecture. Former Justice of the High Court of Australia, Michael Kirby is a renowned human rights expert and AIDS activist.
Conference participants will discuss the following topics: the latest techniques and theory in interviewing; fraud prevention programs; how to access data during the course of an investigation and what are the limits due to data privacy protection; the latest software for building up intelligence and more.
The meeting this week is also the opportunity to launch a new website for the Conference of International Investigators. Designed and produced by the Global Fund Office of the Inspector General with the objective of creating a 24/7 online platform as a complement to the annual face-to-face gathering, the new website can be found at this address: www.conf-int-investigators.org.