Newsletter January 2013

Basel Institute on Governance
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Basel Institute on Governance

The Basel Institute becomes an “associated institute” of the University of Basel


The Counsel of the University of Basel has officially approved the association agreement between the University of Basel and the Basel Institute on Governance. The Basel Institute, along with only a very small group of other independent Swiss organizations, including the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute and Swisspeace, is now an official “associated institute” of the University of Basel. The purpose of the association agreement is to strengthen the links and collaboration between the two institutions, by facilitating greater access, transfer and exchange of academic sciences and research of the University of Basel on the one hand, and hands-on, praxis-oriented experience of the Basel Institute on the other hand.

International Centre for Asset Recovery

Assistance to two East African countries on asset recovery cases

ICAR has been formally mandated by two countries in East Africa to assist with their respective asset recovery casework. In particular, ICAR experts have been requested to assist these countries with drafting mutual legal assistance requests to European jurisdictions, developing and managing effective case strategies and, in the context of their respective MLA requests, facilitating cooperation, through formal and informal channels of communication, between the respective East African country and the European country. This case assistance will continue through 2013.

Train-the-trainer programme in financial investigation and asset recovery in Egypt


As part of a one-year train-the-trainer programme in Egypt, funded by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the ICAR training team implemented a first series of training sessions in Egypt, focusing on the investigation of complex corruption and money laundering cases and techniques for the recovery of stolen assets. During these initial two training sessions (January and March) 50 Egyptian investigators and prosecutors were trained and 5 potential trainers were selected from each of the two training sessions for the purpose of engaging them as training facilitators in the remaining trainings throughout 2013.

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Training facilitation in Burundi


ICAR is collaborating with Streamhouse to develop and deliver a workshop in the context of a law enforcement training programme of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region, funded by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit. The workshop will focus on legal, investigative, prosecutorial and operational issues for successfully pursuing whistle-blower and other evidence in mineral fraud cases. The workshop will be delivered to enforcement officials of the region in early May 2013.

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Public Governance

Research collaboration with Swisspeace

The Basel Institute and Swisspeace are co-financing a research project that looks into the role of anti-corruption agencies in the state building process of fragile nations. The co-financed position is held by Sergio Gemperle who has studied Political Science and Political Geography at the University of Berne and holds a M.A. in International Relations and Development Policy from the Institute for Development and Peace (INEF) of the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany.

Short-term research assignment for the Institute of Nursing Science (University of Basel)

The Basel Institute’s Governance team has been working with the Institute on Nursing of the University of Basel in support of an SDC-funded project aimed at strengthening the nursing sector in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). Using the Basel Institute’s unique “Power and Influence Analysis”, a political economy methodology, the aim is to assist the project team in determining more effective strategies, including specific projects, for enhancing the health and governance sector in BiH.

International Centre for Collective Action

The World Economic Forum (WEF) joins the International Centre for Collective Action (ICCA)

The World Economic Forum has joined IACA, OECD, TRACE, Transparency International and the Universidad de San Andrés as a founding institutional partner of the ICCA. Through its Partnering Against Corruption Initiative (PACI), a global, cross-sectoral anti-corruption initiative set up to raise business standards and to contribute to a competitive, transparent, accountable business society, the WEF is acting on the very forefront of private sector driven anti-corruption efforts. It is committed to a zero tolerance policy towards bribery and corruption, and through its efforts in the G20/B20 dialogue and other global agenda setting initiatives, the WEF plays a critical role in helping foster a high-level dialogue between business and governments. It is thus to an important partner of the ICCA for promoting collective action and public-private partnerships in the global fight against corruption.

Colombia launches the world’s first “High Level Reporting Mechanism”


A high-level conference in Bogota, Colombia, on 2 April saw the launch by the President of the Republic of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, of the world's first 'High Level Reporting Mechanism' (HLRM). This mechanism, the concept of which was developed by the Basel Institute and the OECD, offers a prevention-oriented approach to address demand-side issues of corruption. It aims to provide companies with an opportunity to constructively handle solicitation and extortion, as they may come across these in the context of public procurement or other interactions with the public sector. In his address to the conference, President Santos described why the mechanism was developed and how it will work in practice. He stressed the importance of political will and collaboration between business, government, and civil society in fighting corruption.

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Radha Ivory joins the Corporate Governance & Compliance team


On 1 April 2013, Radha Ivory (Australian/American) assumed the position of Senior Expert Compliance and Collective Action. She is an Australian lawyer by training with a recent PhD from the University of Basel. Previously she worked with an Australian law firm (Freehills) and, after relocating to Switzerland in 2008, with the International Council of Voluntary Agencies and the Humanitarian Accountability Partnership on issues of abuse and exploitation by humanitarian workers.

Recent Publications

  • Working Paper No 14 (ICAR): Pedro Pereira and Alessandra Fontana. Using Money Laundering investigations to fight corruption in developing countries: domestic obstacles and strategies to overcome them. Download the work paper