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.


The Government of Panama, together with Basel Institute on Governance, announces the establishment of the country’s first High Level Reporting Mechanism (HLRM), in Panama City.

On 17 March 2016, the Basel Institute’s Head of Public Governance (Research) Division, Dr. Claudia Baez-Camargo, presented current anti-corruption research as part of the seminar series ‘Innovation in Corruption Studies in Europe and beyond’ at University College London’s School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES). On the same day, she also spoke at the launch event, equally at UCL, for the Global Atlas of Social and Cultural Complexity, the first multimedia online resource for under-researched practices that are often seen as non-transparent or hidden to an outsider.

Join our Head of Public Governance Division for her paper presentation as part of the seminar series ‘Innovation Studies in Europe and beyond’ on 17 March 2016 at University College London’s SSEES.