Basel Institute on Governance

The Basel Institute on Governance is an independent, non-profit organisation working around the world to strengthen governance and counter corruption and other financial crimes.

Headquartered in Basel, Switzerland since 2003, it has offices in Peru and Malawi and experts embedded with partner institutions in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Mozambique. The Basel Institute is an Associated Institute of the University of Basel.

Its 70+ staff members work with public, private and academic partners worldwide on cross-cutting issues. Key areas are:

  • Asset recovery: Established in 2006, the International Centre for Asset Recovery (ICAR) assists partner countries in tracing and recovering corruptly acquired assets from abroad. It provides training, technical assistance on cases and legal matters, and support for policy reform.

  • Collective Action against corruption. The Basel Institute's International Centre for Collective Action (ICCA) supports companies and multi-stakeholder groups with advice on anti-corruption Collective Action initiatives. It hosts the B20 Collective Action Hub, an online platform for Collective Action resources.

  • Public Governance research: a team of researchers and social network analysts conducts research on the root causes of corruption. They develop evidence-based anti-corruption approaches and provide training and assessments on relevant political and social aspects.

Digital tools and services offered by the Basel Institute with the support of ICAR and partners include the Basel AML Index, an interactive country ranking and risk assessment tool for money laundering and terrorist financing; Basel Open Intelligence, a targeted search tool for open-source research on people and organisations for compliance, due diligence and investigation; and free eLearning courses on asset tracing, intelligence gathering and financial analysis.