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Governance and Anti-Corruption

The Basel Institute on Governance features two divisions dealing with governance, with the Public Governance Division focusing on governance and corruption prevention in the public sector, and the Division for Corporate Governance and Compliance addressing corporate ethics and anti-bribery policy and practice. The recently established International Centre for Collective Action (ICCA) complements these activities by offering a platform for interaction between the two sectors.

The Division for Public Governance combines applied academic research into the functioning of and incentives for good governance with practical work supporting developing countries in their efforts to strengthen governance structures, laws and institutions to prevent corruption and enhance integrity in the public sector. With the intent to promote accountability and responsiveness in the public sector, the Institute offers technical assistance for legal and organisational reform to develop, enhance and/or implement public sector services and policies. In particular, the Institute can assist in assessing structural and legislative gaps, benchmark these against international standards, and recommend remedies and facilitate their implementation.

The Division's research team uses its unique "power and influence analysis" to identify drivers and incentives for enhancing governance systems. A particular focus lies on the governance of health systems and on enhancing the effectiveness of social accountability mechanisms. The latter topic is looked at in particular in the context of the Institute's participation in the EU financed multi-centre research programme ANTICORRP, which investigates factors that promote or hinder the development of effective anti-corruption policies.

The Basel Institute's Division for Corporate Governance and Compliance advises corporate clients on the development, implementation and strengthening of corporate compliance in line with best practice, risk developments and legal regulations. Services include the review and benchmarking of existing programmes, company specific risk analysis, policy writing and process implementation. Upon request, experts of the Institute may serve as compliance monitor. This division also hosts the Secretariat of the Independent Governance Committee of FIFA.

As a spin-off from the Division for Corporate Governance and Compliance, and relying on the Institute's track record with Industry Standards, the Basel Institute has recently launched the International Centre for Collective Action (ICCA). Defined by the World Bank as a "collaborative and sustained process of cooperation among various stakeholders that increases the impact and credibility of individual action and levels the playing field between competitors", Collective Action is a particularly innovative and effective tool for companies with substantial combined leverage to work out collective solutions to mitigate the risk of corruption. The ICCA serves as a platform for generating knowledge, practical tools and guidelines in relation to this relatively new concept, and for initiating new and facilitating existing anti-corruption collective action.