Basel Institute joins Adam Smith International in five-year anti-corruption project in Uganda
The Basel Institute is partnering with Adams Smith International (ASI), Integrity Action and other expert organisations to implement a five-year multi-component anti-corruption project in Uganda ("Strengthening Uganda's Anti-Corruption and Accountability Regime Anti-Corruption Chain”) funded by the UK Department for International Development. The Basel Institute’s primary role will focus on providing technical support and legal advice to Uganda’s local anti-corruption authorities on matters related to asset recovery. ICAR AML/CFT experts will furthermore assist the local authorities in establishing and operationalizing an effective financial intelligence institution. The project is supported by political economy analyses implemented by the Basel Institute's Governance team with a view to understanding and continually monitoring local dynamics that can affect the outcome of the project, which is scheduled to commence in April/May 2015.
International Centre for Asset Recovery (ICAR)
Financial investigation and asset recovery training in Ukraine
Mandated by the Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine to assist with tracing and recovering assets stolen by the former Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych and his inner circle, and with funding from the local office of the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC), ICAR conducted a five-day training workshop in financial investigation and asset recovery for the National Prosecution Academy of Ukraine in Kyiv from 19 to 23 January 2015. In parallel, ICAR is providing ongoing strategic and technical advise to the Ukrainian authorities on effectively operationalizing their investigative and prosecutorial procedures in current cases.
Third workshop in financial investigation and asset recovery in Bhutan
In the context of the Swiss-Bhutanese cooperation framework (“DG and Democratic Governance Programme”), which seeks to consolidate Bhutan’s democratic institutions and practices, ICAR delivered a further five-day training workshop in financial investigation and asset recovery to 28 experts from the Judiciary, Office of the Attorney General, Anti-Corruption Commission, Royal Bhutan Police, Drug Regulatory Authority, Department of Revenue and Custom, Bhutan National Legal Institute, the Royal Insurance Corporation of Bhutan and the Royal Audit Authority. This wide range of participants contributed substantially to increasing the diversity of experience, interaction and communication in the delivery of the programme, which ultimately will assist with inter-agency cooperation in combating corruption in the country.
During the opening ceremony, the Honourable Chief Justice of Bhutan provided the keynote address, stating:
“After the conclusion of the first training, I have heard only praises from the judges and lawyers who attended the training last June. I have been informed that the workshop was very relevant, and that the practical exercise of the realistic, yet fictitious case of Minister Tenzin Wangchuk was brilliantly prepared, which helped them to understand the issues with ease. The participants were very impressed with the trainers for their extensive knowledge and for the amount of research, preparation and effort they had put in to ensure the success of the workshop.”
Joint workshop on recovering the proceeds of crime from wildlife and forest offences and money laundering in Uganda
From 23 to 27 February 2015, ICAR jointed UNODC, the Asset Recovery Inter-Agency Network of South Africa (ARINSA) and the Government of Uganda in conducting a joint workshop for prosecutors, investigators and other relevant stakeholders on the recovery of proceeds of crime from wildlife and forest offences and money laundering. Held in Entebbe, Uganda, the workshop was designed to enhance the skills of the participants to trace and recover the proceeds of crime emanating from such offences and money laundering. The programme involved various practical exercises whereby trainees learned to apply for search warrants to obtain financial documents, prepare production and restraining orders, as well as requests for mutual legal assistance, draft indictments in money laundering cases, develop legal arguments for the preparation of criminal and civil forfeiture/confiscation orders and finally to effect these orders’ enforcement. Some 40 participants from a number of relevant government agencies of Uganda attended the workshop.
New training programme for the Kuwait Anti-Corruption Authority
At the request of the Kuwait Anti-Corruption Authority (KACA), ICAR is currently preparing and developing a one-year multi-component capacity building programme in asset recovery and financial investigation for the KACA. In addition to ICAR’s standard five-day training workshop, the programme will also include a specialized training module on investigations into corruption in infrastructure projects and procurement. ICAR trainers conducted an initial on-site scoping mission in mid-March 2015 to engage with relevant authorities and to collect facts and figures for developing the full-fledged training programme. A first training workshop will be delivered in June 2015.
Public Governance (Research) Division
Training for Armenia on the Basel Institute power and influence tool
In the context of a technical capacity building programme for Armenia, funded by USAID and managed by the Transparency International Anti-Corruption Center of Armenia, the Basel Institute was requested to develop a training programme for advocating social accountability and assessing corruption risks through the application of the Institute’s power and influence tool and our social accountability research methodologies. The training programme will be delivered in Armenia in May 2015.
Masters course on “Sustainability and Health Governance” at the University of Basel
In the spirit of the Association Agreement between the Basel Institute and the University of Basel, the Basel Institute’s governance specialist, Dr Claudia Baez-Camargo, is again co-teaching a Spring semester course on “Sustainability and Health Governance” together with Professor Krista Nadakavukaren. The course is taught as part of the Masters Programme on Life Sciences of the University’s Law Faculty.
Corporate Governance / Compliance Division
New and on-going corporate advisory mandates
The Basel Institute has successfully extended existing corporate advisory mandates, which it had been working on throughout 2014, as well as acquired a new mandate for implementation in 2015. For the most part, these assignments involve a review and analysis of the respective company’s internal compliance systems and regulations, benchmarking these against best practices in the concerned markets, and the provision of recommendations to enhance these systems and regulations.
International Centre for Collective Action (ICCA)
Basel Institute and Government of Panama discuss the High Level Reporting Mechanism
The Government of Panama will evaluate the implementation of a High Level Reporting Mechanism (HLRM) through a pilot project in collaboration with the Basel Institute on Governance and the British Embassy in Panama. Mark Pieth and Gemma Aiolfi of the Basel Institute met with Vice President Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado and several government ministers on Wednesday, 11 February 2015, to discuss the HLRM and its corruption prevention capacities, overall function and potential application within the Panamanian context. More information on the meeting (in Spanish) can be found here.
Promoting the Russian Compliance Alliance’s Collective Action
The ICCA continues to work closely with the Russian Compliance Alliance (RCA), whom it welcomed as its first official member to the B20 Collective Action Hub in late 2014, to promote the RCA’s Collective Action initiative. The RCA's initiative is based on a non-commercial web-based self-evaluation questionnaire that seeks to create an international anti-corruption compliance standard for emerging economies, analogous to the ISO Quality Standards model.
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Working Paper No 17: The Role of Donors in the Recovery of Stolen Assets. Gretta Fenner, Pedro Gomes Pereira, Francesco de Simone. December 2014. Available on our website.
Working Paper No 18: Communities against corruption: assessment framework and methodological toolkit. Dr Claudia Baez Camargo. January 2015. - Available soon on our website.
Call for papers
The Basel Institute will be participating in the 5th World Sustainability Forum Basel during 7 to 9 September 2015 where it will host a panel on the topic The elusive search for sustainable anti-corruption strategies: what have we overlooked? After roughly twenty years during which corruption has risen to an increasingly prominent place on the agenda of development practitioners, the results achieved in control of corruption outcomes across the global South continue to disappoint. The proposed panel of the Basel Institute will explore different perspectives on why corruption proves so difficult to eradicate; what has been lacking in the current arsenal of so-called "best practices" associated with anti-corruption; and what new and more sustainable anti-corruption measures might look like.