Launched in April 2022, Hertie School offers courses and training elements leading to a Certificate in Anti-Corruption and Public Accountability. This certified programme addresses the various challenges that corruption poses in state and non-state organisations and how to effectively address them, both from a policy and practitioner's perspective.

Anti-corruption strategies will be discussed not just as a repressive tool, but as a society's capacity to formulate, impose and sustain policies that promote merit and fairness versus an allocation of joint resources based on patronage, clientelism and corruption. In other words, we discuss corruption as a social practice and perverter of development, the market and democracy. By drawing from state-of-the-art research, generated by EU-funded top corruption research projects, the courses use an evidence-based approach that enables participants to identify various forms of corruption in their local context and to effectively formulate anti-corruption strategies for their institutions.

What’s the Advanced Certificate about?

The Professional Certificate is targeted at public sector employees or consultants who design and implement anti-corruption policies, as well as private sector and civil society groups individuals who devote efforts and resources towards combating corruption in any capacity. It equips them with the diagnostic and policy skills they need to fight graft in their home countries as a defining struggle of our era.

The Certificate covers multiple dimensions of corruption including its causes and mechanisms, measuring and diagnosing corruption, the role of human agency in sustaining and fighting corruption, as well as combating corruption through Information and Communication Technology (ITC) mechanisms. Experts in the field will lead this training through interactive workshops, lectures and best practice case studies, using the resource webpages created by the European Research Centre for Anti-Corruption and State-Building (ERCAS) like,, or The workshop aims at fostering innovation, creating learning and networking amongst peers. Participants will be awarded with a recognised Professional Certificate.

How is the curriculum structured?

To earn the Professional Certificate in Anti-Corruption and Public Accountability, participants must complete six days of courses and training elements from among the three segments offered. Segment 2 (Days 7 and 8) as well as segment 3 (Days 9 and 10) have to be booked together. Apart from this requirement, participants can design their own training plan and reconcile this investment in their professional career with other requirements that come with working and learning from home.


How is the course delivered?

The seminar is convened by Professor Alina Mungiu-Pippidi, who chairs Hertie’s European Centre for Anti-corruption and State-building (ERCAS) and consults for United Nations’ UNODC on corruption measurement. As part of the Certificate programme, courses and training elements will be delivered both by Hertie’s renowned faculty and international experts with specific professional background in their respective field, in three segments over a period of 10 days spread over two weeks. The training will be delivered online. Throughout the course, a focus will be put on collaborative processes and learning. Methodologically, emphasis will be laid on self-guided and peer-to-peer learning and reflection, less on frontal teaching.

The first segment of the training provides an overview of current theories and strategies in identifying and evaluating corruption, as well as anti-corruption strategies in Europe and beyond. The second block looks more specifically at two case studies drawn from recent examples in state and non-state corruption. The last part of the training is dedicated to a two-day workshop, in which participants will be encouraged to apply the acquired knowledge towards an actionable anti-corruption strategy in their organisations.


Do I qualify?

We will be recruiting participants with:

  • the ability to understand, speak and write in fluent English
  • over five years of investigative or policy work in the anti-corruption field

We encourage organisations to enable entire teams to earn the Professional Certificate.


How do I sign up?

Interested particpants and organisations should contact our Executive Education team at executive[at]hertie-school[dot]org. Individual courses are being set up on a rolling basis, based on participant interest.

Courses will be delivered in English.


How does the programme look like in more detail?

Modules available in 2022