Executive Seminar

Good governance and anti-corruption

From Turkey to Egypt, Bulgaria to Ukraine, and Brazil to India, we are witnessing the rise of an angry urban middle class protesting against what they see as fundamental corruption in their political regimes which are perceived as predatory and inefficient. Their countries have benefited to varying degrees from globalisation, but their regimes have all failed to evolve politically. Corruption has become the main explanation for failures in government performance, for webs of nepotistic interests, and for billions of euros lost in disappearing public, national or assistance funds.

This course offers a cross section of the challenges and potential responses to sound public policy and economic activity in environments where the control of corruption has not yet been established. It provides a blueprint for corruption control across sectors and policies, and enables participants to diagnose and measure corruption and to assess its consequences.

This course can also be completed as part of the Certificate in Leadership and Management, the Certificate in Public Financial Management and Methods, the Certificate in Public Sector Innovation, the Certificate in European Governance, or the Certificate in Managing International Cooperation and Development.

Target group

Professionals from all sectors (public, private, and from NGOs)


  • Higher education degree
  • At least two years of relevant professional experience (average is ten years)
  • Good knowledge of English


  • 2.5 days in Berlin, as well as additional time for the preparation of the seminar
  • No follow-up assignment is required

Seminar times

  • Day 1: 11:00 - 20:00
  • Day 2:   9:00 - 18:00
  • Day 3:   9:00 - 16:00

Seminar fee

€ 1,690

Seminar fees are exempted from tax according to Value Added Tax Act (UStG) §4 Nr. 21a. In Germany and many other countries, tuition fees for continuing education programmes are also fully tax-deductible as professional training expenses.

Seminar fee includes: attendance, online access to course documents, materials during the seminar, beverages in the Hertie School cafeteria (open on weekdays), certificate of attendance. 

Terms and Conditions


Registration is possible throughout the year, on a first-come, first-serve basis via our online application module. Admission is subject to availability.

Seminar director