Report of the Expert Advisory Group on Anti-Corruption, Transparency, and Integrity in Latin America and the Caribbean

Engel, Eduardo; Ferreira Rubio, Delia; Kaufmann, Daniel; Lara Yaffar, Armando; Londoño Saldarriaga, Jorge; Noveck, Beth Simone; Pieth, Mark; Rose-Ackerman, Susan
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Inter-American Development Bank

Recent corruption scandals have shown the negative effects that corruption may have in countries around the world, including those of the Latin American and Caribbean region. The Inter-American Development Bank has therefore convened an independent group of experts composed by eight governance and anti-corruption scholars and practitioners to identify innovative and effective approaches to combat corruption in the region.

Drawing on the members’ decades of experience, this report analyzes the key features of corruption in the region and proposes an ambitious agenda toward more systemic transformation. The report targets a series of measures aimed at strengthening the rule of law and public institutions, addressing state capture, and helping to meet citizens’ aspirations for sustainable and inclusive development.

Hence, the report recommends a multi-layered approach that requires collective action by governments, the private sector, civil society, and international institutions to tackle the roots of corruption and capture through global, regional, and domestic initiatives.

November 2018

Gemma Aiolfi, Head of Compliance, Corporate Governance and Collective Action at the Basel Institute of Governance, presented at the 10th International Conference of Financial Crime and Terrorism Financing (IFCTF) in Kuala Lumpur on 30 October 2018. Organised by the Asian Institute of Finance, the conference brought together about 1,000 compliance officers from Malaysian and international financial institutions.

Thursday, January 10, 2019 to Friday, January 11, 2019

In collaboration with the Basel Institute on Governance, the Competence Centre for Arbitration and Crime is planning a two-day workshop that brings together arbitrators, lawyers, forensics, academics, students and representatives of NGOs from around the world.

The workshop, entitled International Arbitration and Corruption: A Toolkit for Arbitrators, takes place at the Faculty of Business and Economics, Basel University, on Thursday 10 and Friday 11 January 2019.

Both in investment and in commercial arbitration, arbitrators face considerable challenges if a party alleges – or the arbitrators suspect – that corruption has influenced the underlying dispute.

  • Which laws are applicable?
  • What are the requirements for the proof of corruption in arbitration proceedings?
  • What are the legal consequences of corruption in arbitration?
  • How can arbitrators become aware of corruption in the first place?

The aim of the workshop is to follow up on the Competence Centre for Arbitration and Crime's January 2018 conference. The “toolkit for arbitrators” workshop will look in detail at how arbitrators can address these issues and find solutions in accordance with the applicable law. Key speakers and session chairs include Professor Mark Pieth, Lord Peter Goldsmith QC, Carolyn B. Lamm, Yves Fortier QC and Professor Emmanuel Gaillard.

Find out more and register now.

Faculty of Business and Economics, Basel University, Basel, Switzerland
October 2018

In view of ICAR’s growing portfolio of country-specific long-term technical assistance programs, we are looking for an experienced Head of Programs ICAR. Find out more.

November 2018

The Basel Institute on Governance is looking for a Finance Taskforce Intelligence Analyst (Wildlife Trafficking) as of 1 February 2019. Find out more. 

October 2018

Gemma Aiolfi, Head of Compliance, Corporate Governance and Collective Action at the Basel Institute on Governance, will take part in a dialogue on Anti-Corruption Compliance and Collective Action organised by the Malaysian Institute of Management (MIM).

The invitation-only event will be held in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday, 30 October 2018. It is part of the institute's Crucial Conversations@MIM series.

January 2019

There is a strong business case for Collective Action against corruption - and more and more companies, law enforcement agencies, international organisations and civil society representatives are willing to engage. Which is good, because we need all players around the table to achieve sustainable change. 

These were key recurring messages during the Basel Institute's 3rd International Collective Action Conference, which took place on 14-15 November 2018 at the Volkshaus Basel, Switzerland.

October 2018

Gemma Aiolfi, Head of Compliance, Corporate Governance and Collective Action at the Basel Institute of Governance, will be speaking at the 10th International Conference of Financial Crime and Terrorism Financing (IFCTF) 2018. Organised by the Asian Institute of Finance, the conference will take place on 30–31 October 2018 in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur.

November 2018

The official launch of the Tainted Assets Initiative took place on 15 November 2018 at the Basel Institute on Governance’s Conference on Collective Action. This event marks the formation of the Project’s secretariat at the Basel Institute.

With the support of the OECD Secretariat, this multi-stakeholder initiative aims to develop a practical resolution mechanism to enable companies and countries to address historic “taint”, such as a legacy of corruption, in assets they hold or wish to acquire or dispose of.

October 2018

Four key members of the Basel Institute on Governance will be at the 18th International Anti-Corruption Conference in Copenhagen from 22–24 October 2018. 

With a theme of “Together for Development, Peace, and Security: Now is the Time to Act”, this biennial conference brings together up to 2,000 politicians, private sector players and civil society representatives to jointly tackle the global challenge of corruption. 

November 2018

The most recent special issue of the International Development Policy journal explores the topic of African Cities and the Development Conundrum. The issue includes an article co-authored by the Basel Institute's Head of Governance Research, Dr Claudia Baez Camargo, and Dr Lucy Koechlin of the University of Basel.

October 2018

The results of the seventh annual Basel Anti-Money Laundering Index released today support the growing concern that governments worldwide are still not doing enough to combat money laundering. The Basel AML Index is an independent, research-based ranking that assesses countries' risk exposure to money laundering and terrorist financing.