06. July 2017

Global outreach through ICAR’s diverse training portfolio in asset recovery

ICAR continues to work closely with a series of partner countries increasing their autonomy in the fight against financial crimes and money laundering as well as in recovering stolen public funds. ICAR’s current partner countries in the context of its capacity building services include Bulgaria, Romania, Tanzania and Uganda. 

In the latter three countries, ICAR launched Train-the-Trainer (TTT) programmes in financial investigations and asset recovery this year. These TTT engagements consist of several workshops in each country over the course of six to nine months. Through these TTT programmes ICAR trains up a select group of local professionals to become independent trainers. They will in future use the ICAR training methodology to train relevant authorities of their respective country themselves, and without support from external experts. These TTT programmes in Romania, Tanzania and Uganda will be completed at the end of the year. 

In Bulgaria, the Basel Institute, in the context of its partnership with the Centre for the Study of Democracy (CSD), a Bulgarian inter-disciplinary public policy institute, recently delivered its hallmark basic five-day training programme in financial investigations and asset recovery to a select audience of CSD. For the past couple of years, ICAR has been working closely with CSD on a number of short-term anti-corruption capacity building interventions. This partnership will continue at least through the end of this year.

Finally, ICAR is currently also engaged in two regional training programmes: one in cooperation with the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) involving two workshops (in Seychelles and Zambia), and a second regional training programme in collaboration with the Commonwealth Africa Anti-Corruption Centre (CAACC), the latter which is forthcoming in Botswana. It is the first time that ICAR is partnering with COMESA and CAACC. It hopes to continue its asset recovery training outreach in Africa with support from these two regional organisations in the future.