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.
Ignorance, apathy and disempowerment are recurring drivers of impunity. Social accountability, on its part, aims to empower citizens with information and provide effective channels through which to exercise agency.
The Basel Institute signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate with Colombian authorities to adapt and apply a High Level Reporting Mechanism (HLRM) to prevent corruption and promote fair competition in tenders related to the building of the City of Bogotá’s First Metro Line. The signing ceremony held on 6 August 2018 in Bogotá was one of the final acts by Colombia’s outgoing President Juan Manuel Santos on his last day in office and the day that marked the 280th anniversary of the founding of Bogotá.
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