The Basel Institute provides a range of services to its partner countries and clients in its four areas of expertise (Asset Recovery, public governance, Collective Action and corporate governance and compliance). These services include training, technical assistance and policy advice, research and analysis, casework assistance and IT-tools. All services are tailor-made to the needs of our partners and geared to build or further enhance the existing capacities and skills of a targeted audience with a view to fostering self-sufficiency and sustainability.


For the delivery of its training services, the Basel Institute applies a unique methodology that is driven by the needs of the audience requesting the service, either a partner country or other client. It generally involves an intensive preparatory phase, either in form of an onsite scoping mission or other type of data-gathering action. This phase is critical for the purpose of developing a practical training programme that is based on actual and current local and/or other client-specific factors, such as for example, relevant local laws, processes and institutions. Furthermore, these training programmes are delivered in a highly practice-oriented and interactive manner, interspersed with only few formal lectures.

Find further details of ICAR’s on-site training programmes here.

ICAR's Asset Recovery FORUM offers a series of e-learning modules for self-paced learning.

Technical assistance and policy advice

The Basel Institute offers technical assistance and advice for organizational, legal and policy reform to support its partner countries and corporate clients in developing, enhancing and/or implementing services and policies that address their respective corruption, compliance and other related challenges. In particular, the Basel Institute assists in assessing structural and legal gaps, benchmarks these against local and international standards and best practice, recommends remedies and facilitates their implementation.

Research and analysis

The Basel Institute underpins its practical work with academic applied research on governance and compliance risks and their impact on institutions’ capacities to address corruption. To this effect, the Basel Institute creates original research as well as conducts research and analysis as commissioned by partner countries and clients. The Basel Institute’s in-house research is largely geared towards developing evidence-based analytical tools and methodologies that are of practical use to the applied work of the Basel Institute, its partners and clients, or that contribute to pertinent international policy developments and standard setting processes.

Case work

The Basel Institute advises partner countries, in particular developing and transition countries, in the investigation and prosecution of concrete international corruption and money laundering cases to facilitate the recovery and return of these stolen assets. Such case-specific assistance is critical to affected countries when they have limited abilities and resources to technically and strategically manage complex international asset recovery cases. This service is offered by the in-house experts of the Basel Institute's International Centre for Asset Recovery (ICAR).

IT tools and advisory services

The Basel Institute’s ICAR team provides IT tools and services that facilitate the management and implementation of financial investigations and asset recovery processes. Our partners in this area include law enforcement and other public institutions and, increasingly, financial services organisations and the non-financial private sector.

Currently the following IT tools are available:

  • AML Index - an anti-money laundering (AML) country risk ranking that serves as an independent risk assessment tool for financial regulators, financial institutions and other stakeholders that are concerned with AML, counter-terrorism-financing (CTF), sanctions and anti-bribery rules
  • Asset Recovery FORUM - is a public information platform for practitioners and non-practitioners to access and share information on asset recovery and related matters. It offers the possibility to find and contact fellow practitioners from around the world, take online educational courses, create and respond to blogs, as well as share and react to news, trends and events about asset recovery.
  • Asset Recovery Intelligence System (ARIS) - a software tool to investigate open source information related to corruption and money laundering research or investigations

All three tools are available free of charge to all public and not-for-profit organisations. For some services modest charges apply for "for-profit" organisations and advanced versions.