Save the date: Collective Action - Evolution to Revolution. 14-15 November, 2018 in Basel, Switzerland
The International Centre for Collective Action (ICCA) at the Basel Institute on Governance will hold its third biannual Anti-Corruption Collective Action Conference in November 2018 in Basel. More information on the agenda and venue will follow soon. To stay informed, subscribe to our mailing list or follow us on Twitter @FightBribery. Register for the conference.
Basel Institute and Ecuador team up to tackle acts of corruption and recover stolen assets
The Basel Institute on Governance is further strengthening its global reputation as the go-to place for independent and practice-oriented quality expertise in asset recovery: On March 29, Gretta Fenner, Managing Director of the Basel Institute, signed an agreement of cooperation with Ecuador’s Attorney General. The objective of the collaboration is to assist and support the Attorney General’s Office in identifying, locating, seizing and repatriating illicit assets arising from acts of corruption or money laundering of assets committed to the detriment of the Ecuadorian State. Gretta Fenner was accompanied by Oscar Solorzano, the Basel Institute’s Country Manager in Peru, where the Basel Institute operates a country office that, among other, supports asset recovery efforts in Peru and the wider Latin American region.Read more...
From left to right: Oscar Solorzano (Basel Institute), Gretta Fenner (Basel Institute) and Dr. Carlos Baca Mancheno (Attorney General of the State of Ecuador) in Quito, March 2018
International Centre for Asset Recovery (ICAR)
Need to shed light on financial transactions, modernize legislation and provide guidance for the return on asset recovery: key priorities in Africa-Europe asset recovery cooperation
Practitioners and policy makers from Africa and Europe met in March 2018 in Berlin, Germany, to discuss ways to further accelerate the success rate in recovering stolen assets. The event was organized by the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) with the support from the International Centre for Asset Recovery (ICAR) and GIZ, and brought together representatives from Ethiopia, France, Germany, Jersey, Kenya, Norway, Switzerland, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda and the United Kingdom.
Success in recovering stolen assets depends on frank and open dialogue between concerned jurisdictions throughout the asset recovery process. The two-day event sought to facilitate this dialogue with participants identifying numerous avenues through which they can collaborate in this work.Read more...
Conference participants in Berlin, March 2018: Africa-Europe cooperation on asset recovery
Investigating crimes linked to cryptocurrencies focus of expert working group meeting
On 15 and 16 January 2018, more than 60 financial investigators, lawyers, regulators and other specialists in anti-money laundering, cybercrime, and financial intelligence took part in an expert workshop on Cryptocurrencies and Money Laundering jointly organized by the Basel Institute on Governance, Europol and INTERPOL in Basel, Switzerland.
The workshop is the fourth of a series of annual such gatherings hosted by the Working Group on Digital Currencies established in September 2016 by the co-organisers in order to gather and analyse information on the use of digital currencies by criminals and to develop strategies for the investigation and recovery of digital criminal proceeds.Read more...
Participants of the expert workshop on cryptocurrencies and money laundering in Basel, January 2018
Certified local trainers conduct first independent financial investigations and asset recovery training workshop in Uganda
The International Centre for Asset Recovery (ICAR) celebrated the long-term sustainability of its 2016 Train-the-Trainer project in Uganda when three selected participants conducted their first financial investigations and asset recovery workshop during 5 to 9 March 2018. These participants had received certification as trainers in the ICAR approach and methodology at the end of 2016, and successfully conducted this workshop, independent of the ICAR experts, for 25 of their colleagues.
Positive feedback received after the March 2018 training reinforced the importance of a practical, interactive and participative approach to building capacity to fight corruption and money laundering. A member of the Ugandan Police Force commented: “I had never investigated a case of money laundering. With the knowledge acquired from the workshop I am good to go.”
One of the prosecutors reflected: “The information that was availed was very relevant for both prosecutors and investigators. The practical exercise enabled the participants to understand better how to go about financial investigations and the analysis of the data relating to financial investigations.”Read more...
Enhancing local capacity in Uganda to investigate corruption in infrastructure projects and procurement
In response to the challenges facing members of the judiciary, prosecutors and investigators in curbing procurement fraud and corruption in Uganda, in March 2018 ICAR experts conducted a five-day specialised training module on investigations into corruption in infrastructure projects and procurement. This was attended by 25 - 32 participants, comprising magistrates, prosecutors, investigators from the Inspectorate of Government and Ugandan Police, and officials from the Uganda National Roads Authority, Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority and Ministry of Finance. This workshop examined procurement crimes in infrastructure construction projects, which is a primary source of corruption income across the globe. It covered the types of corruption and fraud schemes common in contracting and procurement such as bribery, collusion, bid-rigging, kickbacks and undisclosed financial interests involved in contract award.Read more...
ICAR workshop on investigations into corruption in infrastructure projects and procurement in Uganda, March 2018
Final workshop in Romania on best ways to detect and uncover illicit networks and their financial crimes
February 2018 has seen the last iteration of the successful "Mapping and Visualizing Cross-Border Crime Project,” a partnership between the Basel Institute on Governance and two not-for-profit organisations in Romania, namely, the Journalism Development Network (JDN) and the Rise Project.
The project comprised 5 workshops organised in Switzerland and Romania with funding support from the Swiss-Romanian Cooperation Program. Its main objectivewas to enhancethe investigative and research skills of journalists, law enforcement and investigative non-state actors in the two countries to detect and uncover local and cross-border illicit networks, and to increase the exposure of organised crime structures as well as their modus operandi.Read more...
Public Governance (Research) Division
Basel Institute presents final research findings at the Anti-Corruption Evidence (ACE) award holders event
Dr. Claudia Baez-Camargo, Head of Governance Research at the Basel Institute, presented her team’s findings from its two-year research project on Informal Governance and Corruption: Transcending the Principal-Agent and Collective Action Paradigms at the award holders’ event of the ACE programme at the British Academy in London on 27 February. This Basel Institute-led project, launched in 2016, is one of eight research projects that have been funded under this initiative.
The outputs from this two-year research project include reports and policy briefs on seven country case studies (Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda) as well as comparative analyses. Currently the research team is embedding the findings in a multimedia-web based platform hosted by the Basel Institute; this will be launched in early June 2018.
SOAS and Basel Institute receive follow-on research grant from the British Academy’s Anti-Corruption Evidence programme
With a follow-on grant from the British Academy’s Anti-Corruption Evidence programme (ACE), funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the Basel Institute will pursue a “phase two” research project stemming from the original and completed research study referred to in the above news item. This follow-on project will be led by Dr. Scott Newton of SOAS as Principal Investigator and Dr. Claudia Baez-Camargo of the Basel Institute as Co-Investigator; the study will focus on assessing the potential of legal reforms in promoting better anti-corruption in contexts where informal practices are widespread.
Participation in SDC’s Collaboration with Centres of Expertise in Democratisation, Decentralisation and Local Governance (DDLG)
The Basel Institute has begun work on a mandate for the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) to provide support over a period of four years to the SDC DDLG thematic unit on a variety of good governance and related projects. This work is conducted through a consortium led by the UK’s Institute for Development Studies (IDS) with the Basel Institute, XImpulse and the Hirondelle Foundation as participating members. Currently, experts of the Basel Institute are developing a foundation course on governance for SDC staff and supporting the drafting of a policy paper that will synthesise SDC’s approach to this topic.
Harnessing social networks for anti-corruption – 2018 OECD Global Anti-Corruption & Integrity Forum
Dr. Saba Kassa and Dr. Cosimo Stahl from the Basel Institute at the OECD Global Anti-Corruption & Integrity Forum in Paris, March 2018
In March experts of the Basel Institute were among the winners of a competitive call for papers in the context of the 2018 OECD Global Anti-Corruption & Integrity Forum in Paris. In a poster market setting and through a simultaneous TED-talk style research pitch, they interactively presented their paper on the topic of“Harnessing social networks for anti-corruption” at said event.
Corporate Governance / Compliance Division
The University of Basel hosts international conference on Dealing with Allegations of Economic Crime in Arbitration in cooperation with the Basel Institute
Both in investment and in commercial arbitration, it is becoming more and more frequent that a party raises the objection of corruption, money laundering, fraud or bid rigging. The challenges this presents for arbitrators and parties are considerable and were the topic of a conference organized by the University of Basel in cooperation with The Basel Institute on Governance. The two-day event took place in Basel on 11-12 January 2018 in Basel. It is the first time the topic has been the topic of a conference. The event met with great approval from both academics, legal practitioners, and judges working on arbitration cases.
In March 2018 the event was followed up by a conference on Arbitration and Corporate Social Responsibility hosted by the International Chamber of Commerce’s Young Arbitrators Forum in Paris. Ms. Gemma Aiolfi, Head of Compliance, Corporate Governance and Collective Action at the Basel Institute on Governance shared her insights on the potential for innovations in arbitral practice and procedure to allow arbitration to play a greater role promoting CSR, looking in particular at whether the amendment of arbitration rules may serve to facilitate the resolution of CSR claims.
International Centre for Collective Action (ICCA)
Argentina launches High Level Reporting Mechanism with technical advice from the Basel Institute and OECD
The Basel Institute and OECD provided significant technical expertise to the design of the High Level Report Mechanism (HLRM) that the Argentinian government launched to receive and address reports of unfair business practices related to a tender for a major roads project under the country’s public private partnership law. This innovative corruption prevention tool, HLRM, was launched by the Argentina Anti-Corruption Officein January of this year; the concerned tender by the Roads Authorityis currently still open.
Workshop participation to support extension of Colombian HLRM to new procurement areas
The Basel Institute and OECD participated in workshops convened by the Colombian Secretary of Transparency in January 2018 exploring the possibility of extending the country’s High Level Reporting Mechanism to new procurements that would fall under the power of the Bogota Metro Authorities, Colombian Peace Fund, and Roads Authority.
Two Integrity Partner Peer Learning Workshops on Collective Action successfully completed
The Basel Institute has contributed to and has organized two workshops to convene a select number of Siemens Integrity Initiative (SII) Integrity Partners and other Collective Action initiatives. The first workshop took place in conjunction with the Egyptian Business Association Regional Collective Action Clinic for Africa & MENA in Aswan, Egypt, from 7 to 8 February 2018. The second Integrity Partner Peer Learning Workshop was held in Basel, Switzerland, from 26 to 27 April 2018. The objective of the workshops is to promote peer learning among Integrity Partners, as well as more widely to identify success factors and strategies for overcoming common challenges facing Anti-Corruption Collective Action initiatives (CAIs).
Second Integrity Partner Peer Learning Workshop in Basel, Switzerland, April 2018
Our latest FCPA blog about the Basel Art Trade Guidelines
Check outour recent FCPA blog: The Basel Art Trade Guidelines 10 years on. Thomas Christ, member of the Foundation Board of the Basel Institute, provides a contemporary perspective on an industry sector that has increasingly come into the spotlight of law enforcement and business integrity circles in recent years – the Art Market.
Additional blogs introducing the Ukrainian Network on Integrity and Compliance, digital developments for expanding Collective Action, and endorsements of anticorruption Collective Action in the UK Anti-Corruption Strategy and by the World Customs Organisation were also published on theB20 Collective Action Hubwebsite.
Working Paper No 12, re-issued: Basel Art Trade Guidelines: An intermediary report of a self-regulation initiative, by Thomas Christ, Claudia von Selle, 2018, available fordownload here.
Practitioner's handbooks and booklets
Basel Art Trade Anti-Money Laundering Principles, by the Basel Institute on Governance, 2018. The publication is available fordownload here.
We are pleased to welcome the following new staff (from left to right):
Diana Cordero Castillo,Asset Recovery Specialist for Latin America (Lima, Peru)
International conference: Collective Action - Evolution to Revolution, 14-15 November, 2018 in Basel, Switzerland
The International Centre for Collective Action (ICCA) at the Basel Institute on Governance is hosting its third bi-annual internationalAnti-Corruption Collective Action Conference in Basel from 14 to 15 November 2018. More information on the agenda and venue will follow soon.
Are you interested in registering for this Conference?Register here.
* * * Visit ourwebsite to keep up to date with our latest news!