Funding and partnerships


The Basel Institute is a not-for-profit organisation. Its annual budget amounts to approximately CHF 8 million. This is made up in parts of earmarked core contributions towards the work of our two specialised centres, as well as the Basel Institute’s country office and technical assistance programme in Peru.

The majority of activities of the International Centre for Asset Recovery (ICAR) are funded through core contributions from JerseyLiechtenstein, Norway (Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation), Switzerland (Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation) and the United Kingdom (Department for International Development). The International Centre for Collective Action (ICCA) receives funding from the Siemens Integrity Initiative. The country-specific programme for Peru is funded by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO).

In addition to these core contributions, and because the Basel Institute does not dispose of a large endowment, it must generate additional income from advisory services and technical assistance. Of its total annual budget, such project-related income amounts to approximately CHF 1.5 million per year. Surplus assets generated from such project-specific work are used to fund research activities and technical assistance programmes to developing countries.

We manage our financial donations with the utmost sense of attention and consideration, responding to, and respecting the expectations of our donors and the needs of those whom we seek to assist with the funding that we receive.


The Basel Institute strongly relies on partnerships to effectively carry out its mission. It has established cooperation and collaboration arrangements with a range of organizations and institutions that are engaged in promoting good governance and countering corruption in the private and public sectors.

At present, the Basel Institute has signed formal Memoranda of Understanding/Partnership Agreements with the following institutions: