Basel Institute on Governance

The Basel Institute on Governance is an independent not-for-profit competence centre working around the world with the public and private sectors to counter corruption and other financial crimes and to improve the quality of governance. The Basel Institute is an Associated Institute of the University of Basel.

Our areas of work

Asset Recovery/ICAR: We support affected countries in recovering stolen assets through strategic case advice, technical assistance and capacity building, and participate in the international policy dialogue on standard setting in asset recovery. The overarching aim is to strengthen the legal and practical capacities of countries to recover stolen assets and to enhance international cooperation in this field.

Public governance: We offer technical assistance to governments of developing and transition countries in their efforts to prevent corruption and strengthen the quality of their governance systems. This practical approach is supported by the Division’s research into underlying governance failures and the effectiveness of practical remedies thereto, and in particular tools such as social accountability.

Corporate governance & compliance: We provide advice and practical support to corporate clients on the development, implementation and strengthening of internal governance and compliance systems, programmes and policies in line with best practice, risk developments and legal regulations to comply with anti-bribery and anti-money laundering laws and standards.

Collective Action/ICCA: We work with companies and other concerned stakeholders to develop anti-corruption Collective Action initiatives in a variety of industry sectors. The ICCA also supports research and the development of the academic discourse on anti-corruption Collective Action and hosts the B20 Collective Action hub.

Public Finance Management/Peru country office: We have expanded our programme of work in Peru to more comprehensively support the Government’s national efforts to devise and enact enhanced anti-corruption enforcement and prevention measures, most notably to strengthen Public Finance Management (PFM) at subnational levels. This programme of work, which thematically cuts across all areas of work of the Institute, is implemented by our first foreign subsidiary (country office) in Lima. The Peru country office also coordinates ICAR’s casework assistance in Peru.

News

Here is our last newsletter of the year with our most recent operational highlights and activities. We thank all our partners, close and far, for another eventful year and for their continous readiness to support and work with us in advancing the global fight against corruption. We look forward to working with many of you again in 2018 and the years ahead.  In the meantime we wish you a peaceful Holiday Season and a good start to the...read more
The Basel Institute's International Centre for Asset Recvory is currently seeking to hire an Investigation Specialist to be embedded as an advisor with the Kenya Wildlife Service in Kenya to support them in their (financial) investigations of large scale international wildlife trafficking and related money laundering offences, and guide them on international intelligence and judicial cooperation in these cases. Learn more read more
Last week saw the 20th birthday of the OECD Convention on Combating Bribery in International Business Transactions. A blog written by Gemma Aiolfi, who personally followed the development of the OECD Convention together with our Chairman Prof Mark Pieth, discusses how the “nudge theory” of Richard Thaler, who also last week was awarded the 2017 Nobel prize for economics, played a big part in how the OECD Convention came to life and continues to be a major driver in international anti-corruption efforts. read more

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