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.


The Basel Institute released its fifth edition of the Basel Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Index today. The Index is an annual ranking assessing the money laundering/terrorism financing risks of 149 countries. 

At the opening session of the recent High Level Conference on Illicit Financial Flows: Interagency Cooperation and Good Tax Governance in Africa (Pretoria, South Africa, 14 to 15 July 2016), the South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan highlighted that Africa continues to lose large sums of money annually as a result of illicit financial flows estimated at USD 50 billion every year; the application of complex ownership structures has become the most commonly used means of hiding ownership of assets.

In the context of the SUGAR project (“Strengthening Uganda’s Anti-Corruption and Accountability Response”) project, funded by the UK Department for International Development, experts from the Basel Institute’s International Centre for Asset Recovery conducted its first training workshop in early July 2016 as part of an extended train-the-trainer learning programme.