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.

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.


In the context of the programme of work of the Basel Institute's International Centre for Collective Action (ICCA) we have publised a new report, as part of the Basel Institute's Working Paper Series, on High Level Reporting Mechanisms in Colombia and Ukraine (Working Paper 19) authored by...

The Basel Institute has published a new easy-to-understand handbook for practitioners engaged in the field of asset recovery titled "Tracing Illegal Assets - A Practitioner's Guide."

The 2015 Basel Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Index is the fourth annual release of the Basel AML Index. The Index is an annual ranking assessing the money laundering/terrorism financing risks of 152 countries.