Newsletter August 2013
Basel Institute on Governance
Annual Report 2012
The Annual Report 2012 of the Basel Institute on Governance is now available.
International Centre for Asset Recovery
2nd Edition of the Basel AML Index
In June, ICAR released the 2013 edition of the Basel Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Index. First published in April 2012, the Index continues to be the only rating of country AML/CFT risk by an independent non-profit institution. The new edition covers 149 countries and assigns each country a score on a scale from 0 (low risk) to 10 (high risk). The Public Edition is available online free of charge. The Expert Edition, available at 2000 CHF per year, facilitates more sophisticated independent risk assessments for financial institutions. More ...
Support to East Timor in reviewing its money laundering investigation processes and laws
In the context of USAID’s FOTI Timor Leste programme, ICAR has been requested to assist local counterparts (the Attorney General Office, the Central Bank and the Anti-Corruption Commission) in analyzing and identifying the different stages of investigation and adjudication of money laundering cases; identifying legislative and/or procedural shortcomings that hinder the investigation and adjudication of money laundering in East Timor; and recommending inter-institutional coordination mechanisms for streamlining the investigation and adjudication of such cases.
Regional training programme for countries of the MENA region
ICAR is currently developing a regional training programme on “Financial Investigations and Recovering Stolen Assets” for a group of practitioners from relevant institutions from selected countries of the MENA region (Egypt, Iraq, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, South Sudan and Yemen). The programme will be conducted jointly with the International Institute of Higher Studies in Criminal Sciences (ISISC) in Sicily, Italy, during 18-23 November 2013. For the first time, an ICAR training programme will be delivered with assistance from local trainers (from Egypt) who are currently being trained by ICAR in it’s one-year train-the-trainer programme for Egypt funded by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime.
KPK launches radio streaming, supported by Basel Institute on Governance
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) of Indonesia successfully launched its radio streaming service on August 17, 2013. This project has been developed over the last 10 months with the support form the Basel Institute on Governance’s Public Governance division, and funding from GIZ. The launch of “Kanal KPK” came as part of KPK’s efforts to expand communication channels with stakeholders and allow for direct exchange of information and dialogue. Commenting on the initiative, Commissioner Bambang Widjojanto said at the launch that the radio-streaming service would enable KPK to communicate with all the people of Indonesia. He further elaborated that the media has reported on several issues but have not thoroughly covered the topic of corruption, and the launch of Kanal KPK aims to fill this gap. The Institute’s team of experts worked closely with KPK on setting up the radio department. This included strategic planning support, on-job training, developing the Kanal KPK brand, defining the key messages, developing the schedule of programs and providing on-site support before and after the launch. More information can be found on www.kpk.go.id.
Assessment of social accountability projects through an ethnographic perspective (Basel Institute and UNDP)
The Basel Institute and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are partnering in a research project on the potential of community-based participatory approaches for strengthening anti-corruption efforts. The initiative involves conducting a baseline assessment of context sensitive indicators in the communities targeted by ongoing social accountability initiatives supported by UNDP in the Philippines, Serbia, Ghana and Papua New Guinea. The collaboration is intended to generate recommendations to improve the effectiveness of these projects by incorporating detailed information on local context. A second evaluation will be undertaken in three years' time in order to assess impact.
The Basel Institute conducts two courses at the IACA’s Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS)
During the first week of August, as part of the Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) at the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) in Vienna, Austria, Dr Claudia Baez Camargo, Senior Research Fellow of the Basel Institute, taught two courses, one on "Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods,” and one on "Corruption and Development.” The participants of this Master programme represented an international group of 31 professionals, mostly officials from their respective countries' anti-corruption agencies.
New workshop curriculum on “Quantitative and qualitative research methods on corruption and their application”
In pursuit of the Basel Institute’s mission to improve the quality of governance globally, and in the context of its related applied research initiatives, the Institute has developed and now offers a new curriculum for a 2 to 3-day workshop on “Quantitative and qualitative Research Methods on Corruption and their Application.” The workshop is designed to provide working professionals and interested stakeholders with the necessary conceptual and methodological tools to undertake corruption research applicable to a wide variety of topics, contexts and aims. More ...
International Centre for Collective Action
Gemma Aiolfi joins as Head of Corporate Governance, Compliance & Collective Action
On 1 July 2013, Ms Gemma Aiolfi (British/Swiss) returned to the Basel Institute to lead the Corporate Governance and Compliance Division and the Institute’s work on collective action under the International Centre for Collective Action (ICCA). A barrister by training, Gemma comes with many years of experience in anti-corruption and anti-money laundering compliance gained at UBS in the Group Money Laundering Prevention Unit, and subsequently as Global Head of Anti-Corruption at the bank. Later, she was Legal Counsel to the Integrity Department and the internal Office of Special Investigations of ABB AG, focusing on requirements under a Deferred Prosecution Agreement with US authorities, as well as responsible for the remediation of anti-corruption policies and procedures and the management of all third party intermediaries and agents.
The Basel Institute is mandated to build the B20 Collective Action Hub
In July, through a successful, competitive tender process, the Basel Institute’s International Center for Collective Action (ICCA) was awarded the mandate by the B20 to develop and maintain the B20 Collective Action Hub on Anti-Corruption, in partnership with the United Nations Global Compact. Building on its extensive experience in facilitating and researching Collective Action initiatives and in advising corporations in anti-bribery and business ethics compliance systems, core activities of the ICCA and the B20 Collective Action Hub will include the development of an interactive web based information platform, the facilitation of concrete Collective Action initiatives worldwide, and the generation of in-depth knowledge products, practical tools and a comprehensive database on Collective Action. The Basel Institute enjoys the support of the International Anti-Corruption Academy, the OECD, TRACE, Transparency International, the World Economic Forum and the Universidad de San Andres of Argentina in implementing this programme. More ...
CALL FOR INFORMATION on Collective Action initiatives
In the context of building up the B20 Collective Action Hub, the ICCA seeks to collect information on existing Anti-Corruption Collective Action initiatives from around the world. We therefore call upon interested parties to submit any such known information on worldwide Collective Action initiatives (published articles, reports, documents, etc.) to the ICCA.
All information should be submitted to ICCA@baselgovernance.org. Please include your contact details, including email address, and organization. The full body of your contribution, as well as references should be attached as separate documents to the electronic message. All information will be considered public unless otherwise stated by the provider. Thank you!