The Valencian Anti-Fraud Agency (AVAF) formalized in 2021 a framework collaboration agreement with the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV) for cultural, educational and scientific collaboration. The central and priority objective of the Agency’s training activity is the ethical and civic training of Valencian citizens.
Within the framework of this collaboration, on December 2, the Valencian Anti-Fraud Agency (AVAF) participated with a conference addressed to students of the subject of Assessment Systems and Quality and Budget Management of the Master of Cultural Management of the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV), with the collaboration of Professor Antonia Ferrer Sapena. The objective of the conference was to continue in the task of raising awareness about the importance of public integrity and ethics to prevent fraud and corruption.
The UPV’s Master in Cultural Management is the only one in Spain that serves key sectors in cultural management such as Performing Arts, Cultural Tourism, and Ethnological Heritage and Popular Culture.
In this Master, a plural training is offered capable of covering the different social, political, institutional and economic sectors that constitute the framework where cultural management is inscribed. Its purpose is applied research to the cultural sector and training for professional development in cultural occupation and companies and in public cultural management.
The conference was structured in three parts: the functions and general activities of the AVAF, the particularities of cultural administrative management, and the main risks of fraud and corruption that can occur in cultural management.
The head of the Training service, Anselm Bodoque, began contextualizing the anti-corruption policies in international changes since the 1990s, to follow the regulatory framework in relation to corruption and focus on the development of functions and actions of the Agency, especially those focused on the training and prevention of fraud and corruption in any professional field, and also explaining the activities of investigation and protection of whistleblowers of corruption.
The students showed interest in the Agency’s activities, as well as in fraud prevention training, since it is not included in the training plans, both in regulated studies and in the content of the competitive examinations.
For his part, the director of the AVAF, Joan Llinares, based on his experience in cultural management, focused his intervention on the public model of museums and museum collections, underlining different aspects such as cultural employment and the impact of culture on the the whole of the Spanish economy, to arrive at the deontological framework and focus on aspects of the ICOM Code of Ethics for Museums.
The final part of the conference focused on the main risks of fraud and corruption that can occur in cultural management, emphasizing different situations of conflicts of interest, illustrating his presentation with various examples of malpractice that have ended up being prosecuted.
The director of the Valencian Anti-Fraud Agency ended his speech by thanking the Polytechnic University of Valencia for the invitation and wishing all the students much success in their professional future as cultural managers.