The International Centre for Asset Recovery (ICAR) of the Basel Institute on Governance works with countries around the world to strengthen their capacities to recover stolen assets. Particular emphasis is placed on hands-on mentoring to assist financial investigations, tracing and freezing of assets and developing suitable strategies for prosecution and the confiscation of assets. ICAR also supports legislative and institutional reform processes, develops and delivers tailor-made training, and works with other international organisations to advance innovation and global policy dialogue on asset recovery.
ICAR has been supporting law enforcement institutions in Ukraine since 2014 in efforts to build capacity to investigate and prosecute financial crimes and recover stolen assets. Since 2019, this work has been funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) through the “Asset Recovery and Public Integrity in Ukraine” programme. Current beneficiaries of this programme of work include the Office of the Prosecutor General (OPG) and the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU).
To this end, ICAR provides hands-on coaching to both agencies on major asset recovery cases, including in relation to international cooperation. This on-the-job mentoring is supplemented by tailored training initiatives ranging from intensive workshops to eLearning courses. Drawing on its on-the-ground experience in Ukraine and around the world, ICAR is also well placed to advise on related legislative and institutional reform.
To date, ICAR has delivered technical assistance through regular monthly interventions by headquarters-based experts. To strengthen the support provided under the programme, ICAR is seeking to appoint an additional team member based in Kyiv.