About ICAR

Vision and mission

Our vision is to be a world leader in strengthening the legal, technical and practical capacities of countries to recover stolen assets, resulting in these countries becoming increasingly more self-sufficient in doing so.

We aim to strengthen and support the capacities of developing and transition partner countries to recover stolen assets. We achieve this mission through training, case work, legal and policy analysis, the development of integrated IT tools, and by contributing actively to the global policy dialogue and international standard setting. Whilst adhering to the highest standards of integrity and sensitivity, we operate in a timely and collaborative manner, aligning and tailoring our assistance to international best practices and specific country needs. To create sustainability, our work is coordinated, integrated and partner-oriented.

Business plan



ICAR is funded with core contributions from the Principality of Liechtenstein, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the UK Department for International Development (DFID), and through project-specific grants.

The International Centre for Asset Recovery (ICAR) was established by the Basel Institute on Governance in 2006 as an independent not-for-profit centre of excellence in asset recovery. ICAR operates through the following services:

  • Training
  • Case work
  • Legal and policy advice
  • Global policy dialogue and research
I wanted to personally let you know how important it is to receive the support of your institution, the International Centre for Asset Recovery of the Basel Institute on Governance. The experts assigned to the cases in Peru have proven to be instrumental in the success we have had in the recent past and in our ongoing work. ICAR is without the shadow of a doubt promoting important structural changes in the Peruvian criminal policy on Asset Recovery as an efficient way to fight corruption. [...] Again, please accept my sincere thanks. I look forward to future collaboration.
Joel Segura Alania, Special Anti-Corruption Prosecutor of the Ministry of Justice, Peru