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.


17 October 2016. The Basel Institute on Governance and its International Centre for Collective Action (ICCA) will host for the second time an international conference on anti-corruption Collective Action entitled Evidence, Experience and Impact on October 20-21 2016 in Basel. The conference is part of the G20/B20 anti-corruption agenda aimed at identifying mechanisms that may effectively prevent bribery of public officials and support companies’ efforts to resist bribery and extortion.

Die Universität Basel, die Direktion für Entwicklung und Zusammenarbeit (DEZA) und das Staatssekretariat für Wirtschaft SECO organisieren gemeinsam am 2. November ein Podiumsgespräch über das Engagement der Schweiz in der Ukraine. Das Basel Institute on Governance unterstützt die Staatsanwaltschaft der Ukraine seit 2014 beim Aufspüren und bei der Rückführung von Geldern des Janukowitsch-Clans. Gretta Fenner, Direktorin des Instituts, wird an diesem Anlass über die Erfahrungen der letzten beiden Jahre berichten. mehr...

In support of our program of work in Malawi, funded by the UK Department for International Development, to assist Malawi’s key law enforcement agencies and their efforts to tackle serious corruption and related financial crimes, we are currently looking to fill two local positions, Program Manager and Program Assistant/Legal Researcher. The Program Manager and Program Assistant will assist our team of technical experts in the field as well as our team at headquarters with the coordination and implementation of this program of work.

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