Regional Training

The organised and transnational nature of corruption and money laundering requires co-ordinated efforts between countries. This partnership is even more critical amongst countries sharing common borders, and increased socio-political and economic interaction. This version of ICAR's flagship training programme in Financial Investigations and Asset Recovery trains and enhances the technical skills of relevant national authorities in a region to handle concrete cases. It underlines the importance of co-operation across international and regional borders in most money laundering and asset recovery cases. It also promotes regional collaboration in the interests of fighting corruption and money laundering, and recovering illicit assets.

The international character of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) is acknowledged as a key tool for asset recovery in corruption cases, in addition to the need for co-operation across borders in most asset recovery cases. ICAR has designed a regional-specific programme to enhance regional capacity and promote networking and co-operation.

The regional training comprises an interactive learning programme designed to take the participants from the basics of corruption and money laundering violations and Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA) to a very advanced level by performing a complex financial investigation. Through the use of this extensive hands-on practical exercise, they actually conduct a regional-specific simulated investigation involving complex corruption and money laundering schemes.

In order to do so, the participants are divided into investigative teams, working as independent task force groups for the whole duration of the programme. This ensures a mix of representatives from various countries, thereby encouraging them to learn more about each other’s legislation, practices and operations, and reach out to each other for advice and assistance. It enhances an understanding of the crucial role of international co-operation in the interests of the successful investigation, prosecution and adjudication of corruption and money laundering cases.

Group discussions focus on key topical areas, identify problems that have occurred in actual cases, arrive at potential solutions and compare international standards to the regional-specific issues. The simulated case involves the analysis of large volumes of data, gathering and assembling evidence in a manner ready for presentation at trial, and establishing a basis for the confiscation of assets. This practical exercise incorporates relevant regional-specific criminal statutes and provisions, commercial and banking records and enforcement procedures.

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The costs of our training programmes include fees and trainer expenses, and are negotiated on a case-by-case basis in close cooperation with the partner country or funding institution, which has requested our training services. For more information, please contact us at: + 41 61 205 55 11 or

Target audience: Investigators, prosecutors and representatives of FIUs from countries in the region 

Number of participants: 25–35 on-site; up to 20 virtually

Duration: 5 days

Location: On-site or virtually

Programme language: English; other languages possible with interpreters