OECD Academy for Tax and Financial Crime Investigation

About the Academy

The Academy’s mission is to support developing jurisdictions in their enforcement of tax crimes and other financial crimes, thus stemming illicit financial flows, increasing domestic resource mobilisation, and building greater trust and confidence in the fairness of the tax system and the government as a whole. The Academy seeks to achieve this by providing law enforcement authorities with the core skills required to combat tax and other financial crimes and empowering them to implement and share this knowledge in their day-to-day roles.

The first International Academy centre was established in Ostia (Rome), Italy in 2013. Since its inception, there has been a steep increase in demand for participation in the Academy and a corresponding rise in political support for tax crime capacity building efforts, including in the G7 and G20. As a result, the OECD and key donor partners have moved to expand the Academy through the establishment of three new regional centres for Africa (Nairobi, Kenya); Latin America (Buenos Aires, Argentina); and Asia-Pacific (Tokyo, Japan).

Despite its rapid expansion in recent years, demand for participation in the programme continues to rise. To meet increased demand, the Academy now offers a combination of both on-site and virtual courses.

Centres and schedule of the Academy

International Academy

Location: Ostia, Italy

  • 2-6 October 2023: Major Case Management (Specialty) Pilot Programme - ON-SITE
  • 9-13 October 2023: Major Case Management (Specialty) Pilot Programme - ON-SITE
  • 11 - 22 March 2024: Intermediate Programme - ON-SITE
  • 4 - 14 June 2024: Foundation Programme - VIRTUAL
  • 14 - 18 October 2024: Specialty Programme - ON-SITE
  • 9 - 13 December 2024: Specialty Programme - ON-SITE


Africa Academy

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

  • 13-17 November 2023: Bribery and Corruption (Speciality) Programme - ON-SITE
  • 20-24 November 2023: VAT/GST Fraud Investigations (Specialty) Programme - ON-SITE
  • 5 - 14 February 2024: Foundation Programme - VIRTUAL
  • 8 - 17 July 2024: Specialty Programme - VIRTUAL
  • 4 - 15 November 2024: Intermediate Programme - ON-SITE


Latin America Academy

Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • 23 October - 3 November 2023: Managing Financial Investigations (Intermediate) Programme - VIRTUAL
  • 15 - 19 April 2024: Specialty Programme - ON-SITE
  • 22 - 26 April 2024: Specialty Programme - ON-SITE
  • 25 November - 4 December 2024: Foundation Programme - VIRTUAL


Asia-Pacific Academy

Location: Tokyo, Japan

  • 27 November - 8 December 2023: Managing Financial Investigations (Intermediate) Programme - VIRTUAL
  • 20 - 24 May 2024: Specialty Programme - ON-SITE
  • 27 - 31 May 2024: Specialty Programme - ON-SITE
  • 11 - 20 November 2024: Foundation Programme - VIRTUAL

New Pilot Programmes

Francophone Programme: Through the support of key partners, a pilot Francophone programme is currently underway to cater to the needs and realities of French-speaking jurisdictions. For more information on the pilot Francophone programme, please contact us by e-mail at: [email protected].


Pilot Programme for South Asia: The OECD and the Government of India have decided to partner in the delivery of a new pilot Academy programme aimed at financial crime investigators from South Asia. The 2024 course offerings will be updated on this site soon. For more information on the pilot programme, please contact us by e-mail at: [email protected].

Please note: Courses taking place at the regional Academy centres are restricted to authorities from those regions whereas the international centre in Italy is open to all jurisdictions.

Objectives & results to date

Over 2300 law enforcement officers from over 160 jurisdictions have received training to date


In 2021, the OECD launched a study to determine whether the Academy has met its objective of enhancing developing countries’ capacity to combat financial crime. The assessment revealed substantial positive effects on individuals’, organisations’, and wider administrations’ ability to tackle tax evasion and related activities with respondents sharing broad-ranging examples and case studies of the ways in which the Academy has impacted their enforcement of these crimes.

91% of participants surveyed report an improved ability to conduct their day-to-day role and 93% report greater confidence doing their job

Donor partners

As a capacity-building programme, the Academy is financed exclusively from both in-kind and voluntary contributions from donor partners. Various government entities, including tax administrations, development agencies, and ministries of finance and foreign affairs are already funding the Academy’s activities across the globe. To ensure that the Academy can continue to meet growing demand further funding is needed to support developing jurisdictions’ fight against illicit financial flows.

To find out more about how your organisation can support the Academy, please contact [email protected].

Who we are

Meet the team (Under preparation)

Contact the OECD Academy Secretariat

Please contact the OECD Secretariat ([email protected]) for more information on the Academy or to request an application form for one of our training programmes.