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New publication: informal governance and corruption in Kazakhstan

If you are interested in the links between informal governance and corruption, you'll want to read this new publication on Human resource management practices of (anti) corruption mechanisms within informal networks. It is by Maral Muratbekova-Touron and Tolganay Umbetalijeva, our partners in a current research project on Informal Governance and Corruption funded by DFID through its Anti-Corruption Evidence Programme. 

The article deals with how corruption in procurement in Kazakhstan can be understood in similar terms as human resource management practices, but applied to informal networks of powerful interests.

Remembering Rafael Merchan, pioneer of the HLRM in Colombia

The Basel Institute was shocked and saddened to hear of the death of Rafael Merchan, the former Secretary of Transparency of Colombia, at his home over the Christmas holiday. He had been due to testify in the Odebrecht related case concerning the Ruta del Sol road development; his death follows the suspicious demise of another witness in the case, the former auditor Jorge Enrique Pizano.

International Academy of Financial Crime Litigators: Leading the way in financial crime litigation practices and research

The Basel Institute on Governance is delighted to host the International Academy of Financial Crime Litigators

The Academy was created this year by Stéphane Bonifassi of Bonifassi Avocats (Paris), Lincoln Caylor of Bennett Jones (Toronto) and Elizabeth Ortega of ECO Strategic Communications (Miami).

The Academy unites the world’s top academic and litigation professionals to form an independent centre of excellence. Through collaboration and innovation, they seek to sharpen litigation skills and share research, experience and global best practices in cases of asset recovery and white-collar crime.

Newsletter December 2018

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Basel Institute to provide anti-corruption guidance services to SMEs

The Basel Institute has been awarded a mandate to provide cost- and time-effective anti-corruption guidance services to SMEs in a pioneering project piloted by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) as part of their new Business Integrity Initiative. 

The main goals of this Initiative are to attract investment into high-risk markets in Asia and Africa, tackle the supply side of bribery and use the influence of investors to engage effectively with host governments to undertake policy reforms in order to create a clean business environment. 

SMEs that meet the eligibility criteria can submit an application to receive anti-corruption guidance services in the following three areas: 

Switzerland to return USD 15 million in stolen assets to Peru in landmark extrajudicial agreement

Swiss authorities have executed an extrajudicial agreement signed between Peru and Montesinos' frontman.

Peruvian authorities and Víctor Venero Garrido, the main frontman of former presidential advisor Vladimiro Montesinos, signed an out-of-court settlement to return approximately USD 15 million from Switzerland to Peru. The money comes from corrupt dealings during the 1990s and the case has lasted 17 years. This is the third and largest of the five accounts located in Switzerland whose assets will be returned to Peru.

Bitcoin training at Romanian-American University

In response to the recent wave of new electronic payment methods, including cryptocurrencies, the International Centre for Asset Recovery (ICAR) has developed training on money laundering using cryptocurrencies, particularly Bitcoin.

At the invitation of the Romanian-American University in Bucharest, ICAR trainers delivered training on “Money Laundering using Cryptocurrencies and International Co-operation” for students during 27–29 November 2018.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 to Thursday, February 14, 2019

The Basel Institute on Governance, RISE Project and Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) are holding a training workshop on Financial Investigations and Asset Recovery – “Follow the money”. Investigative journalists and representatives from law enforcement, civil society and financial institutions within Switzerland are invited to apply for the 15 free spaces available. 

The workshop is organised jointly by experts from the Basel Institute’s International Centre for Asset Recovery (ICAR) and the Journalism Development Network (JDN) in the context of a three-year initiative on “Mapping and Visualising Cross-Border Crime” funded by the Swiss-Romanian Cooperation Programme. It will be held in Basel, Switzerland, on 13-14 February 2019 and conducted in English. Please note that only applicants from Switzerland are eligible to apply for the free spaces. See full workshop and application details here.

About the workshop

The key objective of the two-day workshop is to enhance the capacity of participants from public sector law enforcement and investigative non-state actors to conduct financial investigations and apply asset-tracing techniques in relation to corruption and money laundering cases.

Participants will learn about the concept of money laundering and the use of offshore structures to conceal the beneficial ownership of illicit assets, as well as investigative techniques in relation to corruption investigations.

Emphasis will be placed on intelligence gathering and financial investigations to trace assets by using open-source information and technology tools. ICAR experts will focus on investigation techniques and the legal framework from a law enforcement perspective. Experts from RISE and OCCRP will provide case examples in exposing financial crime through the use of open sources in their capacity as investigative journalists.

This event follows from several other successful workshops held in Basel and Bucharest since 2014 and attended by diverse participants.

Basel, Switzerland


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