Luxemburg and Switzerland to return USD 17 million to Peru
The Basel Institute on Governance welcomes the recent decisions by courts in Luxemburg and Switzerland to return almost USD 17 million to Peru in cases related to the regime of former Peruvian President Fujimori. We congratulate the involved authorities in Peru, Luxemburg and Switzerland for the successful conclusion of these 15-year old cases. We are honoured to have been able to support this successful outcome. Read more
From left to right: Oscar Solorzano (Basel Institute), Gretta Fenner (Basel Institute), Dr Pablo Sanchez Velarde (Attorney General of Peru), Hamilton Castro (Prosecutor in charge, Peru), Alonso Pena Cabrera (Head of the International Cooperation Unit, Office of the Attorney General, Peru). Photo: Courtesy of the Office of the Attorney General of Peru
First ever UK conviction for overseas bribery in Kenya
The Basel Institute on Governance also welcomes the successful conclusion of an asset recovery case of asset recovery involving the UK and Kenya. The assets of around GBP 2,2 million were confiscated by Mr Recorder Andrew Mitchel QC in the case of R v Smith and Ouzman. This was the first ever conviction for overseas bribery by the UK authorities in what is considered to be a landmark case. A part of the returned assets were used to purchase specialised ambulances that were formally handed over to the Kenyan Government on 17 March 2017. The purchase of ambulances with the returned assets meets urgent needs in the Kenyan health care system. Read more
International Centre for Asset Recovery (ICAR)
Basel AML Index: Boost your country risk assessment with the new Expert Edition Plus
The Basel Institute is now offering a highly detailed and comparative analysis of the FATF Mutual Evaluation Reports as an additional service to its Expert Edition of the Basel AML Index. The new Expert Edition Plus provides individual scoring of the FATF 40 recommendations and effectiveness measures to support or customise your in-house country risk assessment.
Developed by the Institute’s anti-money laundering experts to enhance your country risk model, the FATF dataset offers a breakdown of the FATF ratings for each recommendation and effectiveness measure. This allows to assess each FATF recommendation individually by focusing on specific compliance needs, for example the FATF Due Diligence requirements or terrorism financing regulations. Find out more about this new service
Ukraine: Signing of Agreement with NABU
On 22 March 2017, the Basel Institute on Governance and the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) have entered into an agreement whereby ICAR will assist NABU in strengthening their capacities to conduct complex investigations into cases of grand corruption, money laundering and related financial crimes. The support involves both assistance in on-going investigations as well as providing ICAR’s signature training.
NABU is an independent law enforcement agency in Ukraine responsible for investigating corruption and preparing cases for prosecution, which are handled by the Special Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office (SAP). ICAR has also been supporting the SAP since February 2016 in strategic anti-corruption cases under investigation by NABU. The agreement with NABU therefore complements and reinforces the support already provided by ICAR to SAP.
Launch of Train-the-Trainer programmes in Romania and Tanzania
The beginning of this year marked a growing interest in ICAR’s Train-the-Trainer programme in financial investigation and asset recovery with launches in Romania and Tanzania. The TTT programme comprises 4 to 5 successive training workshops, which are delivered over a period of several months. Potential local trainers are selected and trained to deliver similar workshops to their peers in the future, thus ensuring the sustainability of the project.
As part of a recently launched project funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Co-operation (SDC), through the Swiss-Romanian Co-operation Programme, ICAR experts conducted two initial workshops in Bucharest earlier this year, covering the most recent financial investigation techniques, used at European and international level, as well as asset recovery mechanisms.
The other TTT programme launch early this year took place in in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. It was conducted for the Prevention and Combatting of Corruption Bureau (PCCB) and funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) through the Swiss Embassy. The ICAR team will deliver the second training workshop from 18 to 28 April 2017.
Training workshop on Financial Investigations and Asset Recovery, Bucharest, 27 Feb. - 3 March 2017
New policy recommendations on virtual money laundering
From 16 to 18 January 2017, the Working Group on Virtual Currencies, a joint initiative of the Basel Institute on Governance, Europol and Interpol, organised a global conference on countering money laundering and digital currencies in Qatar.
The event, which was funded by the local authorities, aimed to provide law enforcement agencies and the private sector with the tools and understanding necessary to detect, counter and investigate criminal uses of virtual currencies. As a direct result of the conference a list of recommendations was issued. Read more
From left to right: Pedro Felipe Seixas Felício (Europol), Jassim Abdulrahman Al-Sulaiti (Interpol), and Federico Paesano (Basel Institute); Global Conference on Countering Money Laundering and Digital Currencies, Qatar; 16 -18 January 2017
Public Governance (Research) Division
Rethinking corruption: The Basel Institute at the OECD Global Anti-Corruption-Integrity Forum
Researchers from the Basel Institute were invited to the OECD Global Anti-Corruption & Integrity Forum in Paris at the end of March to discuss their research finding with other pioneers in the field on new approaches to anti-corruption.
Claudia Baez Camargo, Head of Public Governance Research and Nikos Passas, visiting professor at the Basel Institute, presented a poster entitled on Hidden agendas, social norms and why we need to re-think anti-corruption, where they advanced a call to re-think how corruption is conceptualised, studied and measured in order to substantially improve the practice and effect of anti-corruption. The arguments were based on emerging evidence from two on-going research projects conducted by the Basel Institute across seven countries in East Africa, the Caucasus and Central Asia. Find out more
OECD Global Anti-Corruption-Integrity Forum, 30 - 31 March 2017, Paris
Peru: Strengthening anti-corruption capabilities of local governments
Experts from the Public Governance Division visited Peru in early March in support of the Basel Institute’s SECO-funded programme “Programa GFP Subnacional”. By working with Peruvian regional and municipal governments to strengthen public finance management processes, this programme contributes to improve the quality of public services and promotes the ability of local government actors to prevent, detect and investigate acts of corruption.
Promoting accountability, especially involving citizens and civil society groups, is necessary, not only to strengthen anti-corruption capabilities from the bottom-up but also to promote the sustainability of the improved mechanisms for public finance management. On the basis of expertise on social accountability strategies, the Basel-based experts in collaboration with the Peru team are planning capacity building activities for citizens and organised civil society groups that aimed improving the performance of those citizen participatory processes that are already mandated by Peruvian law at the local government level.
The presentations (in Spanish) delivered at a workshop on “Integrity in Modern Public Management” can be found here.
Seminar on "Integrity in Contemporary Public Management", 1 March 2017; Chamber of Commerce and Production of Trujillo, Trujillo Peru
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Bringing together the Swiss anti-corruption and compliance community
The Basel Institute on Governance supported the London based events organiser C5 in the organisation of an anti-corruption conference in Switzerland. The event attracted compliance and ethics professionals from various backgrounds and took place in Zurich from 28 February to 1 March.
Gemma Aiolfi, Head of Compliance and Collective Action at the Basel Institute chaired the conference. Speakers included high-profile corporate compliance practitioners from several major Swiss companies, as well as experts from local service providers. A highlight of the conference was the opportunity the participants had to hear and question Mr Walter Mäder, Federal Attorney, Prosecutor in Authority for International Corruption, Office of the Attorney General in Bern, and Corinne Berger, Deputy Head of the Money Laundering Reporting Office. They spoke about recent developments in Switzerland and the use of suspicious activity reports made by financial institutions and the role they play in instituting investigations.
International Centre for Collective Action (ICCA)
Basel Institute founding member of SIGA
In January the Basel Institute became a founding member of the Sport Integrity Global Alliance (SIGA), following the Institute’s close involvement in its early development and broader discussions on corruption in sport. While some international sporting organisations have taken steps to clean up their activities and are implementing new anti-corruption standards, others appear to be backsliding even after making commitments to change outdated and unsound practices.
The Basel Institute has decided to support SIGA because it's the only organisation to bring together a wide range of parties all of whom have an important contribution to make in tackling the issues that sporting organisations have to address if they are to remain credible. SIGA has brought on board sporting bodies, governments, civil society, sponsors, business, rights holders and professional service providers, amongst others. These various interest groups recognise that greater integrity in sport requires action on the ground and are willing to drive the issues towards best practice solutions. The Basel Institute is therefore keen to share its experience and know-how with SIGA to advance the cause of good governance in sport and is contributing to several working groups organised by SIGA's secretariat.
Gemma Ailolfi (Basel Institute) and Emanuel Macedo de Medeiros (ICSS EUROPE) sign SIGA's constitution in London, January 2017.
Egypt: Growing interest in Collective Action
From 12 - 16 February, experts from the International Centre for Collective Action (ICCA) delivered a specialised training to officials from Egypt’s Administrative Control Agency, the country’s anti-corruption authority. The objective was to promote the development of anti-corruption prevention strategies, as set out in Egypt’s current National Anti-Corruption Strategy. Gemma Aiolfi, Head of ICCA, who conducted the training session, highlighted various options for pursuing Collective Action, including through the use of High Level Reporting Mechanism as currently operating in Colombia and the Ukraine Business Ombudsman Council. Read more
Gemma Aiolfi with Egyptian officials at the anti-corruption Collective Action training, Beirut, 12 - 16 February 2017.
We are pleased to announce the arrival of new staff members.
From left to right: Mirna Adjami, Project Manager Anti-Corruption Collective Action Joan D’Souza, Programme Manager, Malawi Hannes van Vuren, Senior Financial Investigator, Malawi Scarlet Wannenwetsch, Project Associate Anti-Corruption Collective Action