ICAR’s training programmes are based on a unique and practice-oriented and interactive methodology that in each case is entirely tailor-made to the concerned country’s needs, its laws and institutions with a view to building the capacities of these countries in money laundering and corruption related financial investigation, mutual legal assistance and the recovery of stolen assets. The practical training exercises are interspersed with formal lectures provided by ICAR experts to guide participants through the different stages of analysis, interpretation, investigation, and evidence gathering. A training programme may also be delivered over a series of 5 to 7 individual sessions in the context of a Train-the-Trainer programme, which ensures sustainability of such a programme.
Topics covered in ICAR’s trainings include, for example:
- Intelligence gathering and analysis
- Asset tracing techniques
- Financial profiling
- Financial investigation
- Case and investigation strategy
- Anti-money laundering
- Mutual legal assistance, cross border issues and international cooperation
ICAR has in the past delivered trainings to countries such as Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Botswana, Brazil, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Georgia, Indonesia, Israel, Kenya, Kyrgyz Republic, Liberia, Madagascar, Moldova, Nigeria, Romania, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, Ukraine and Vietnam.
Finally, ICAR's e-learning CAMPUS offers a series of e-learning modules for self-paced learning.
Legal and policy advice
Upon request from a partner country, ICAR also regularly reviews and benchmarks domestic laws, policies and institutional arrangements relevant to asset recovery, anti-corruption and AML/CFT, and facilitates related local reform processes. This may include, for example, the review of a country’s compliance with the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) and/or standards of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). ICAR thereby shapes and influences practices and policies in partner countries.
ICAR assists national enforcement authorities in partner countries with handling concrete and complex international corruption and/or money laundering cases with an asset recovery angle. Such assistance includes advice on intelligence gathering and analysis strategies, asset tracing techniques and financial profiling, as well as investigation and prosecution strategies. ICAR’s experts, for example, assist countries with MLA requests, through strategic and drafting advice, as well as with cross border issues and international cooperation, facilitating collaboration with other jurisdictions.
Currently ICAR is providing case work assistance in Central and South East Asia, Africa, the MENA region and Latin America.
Global policy dialogue and research
ICAR participates in the global policy dialogue on asset recovery to share its experience with the broader international asset recovery and anti-corruption community, and to shape and influence international practices and policies related to asset recovery, through involvement in relevant research and policy studies, engagement on various interactive forums for asset recovery.
ICAR’s strategic approach is to focus on a small number of topics where it has unique expertise or where it can offer a particularly strong platform for dialogue, due to its apolitical nature. Current areas of focus for ICAR include:
- Role of non-state actors in asset recovery
- Management and return of confiscated assets
- Effective asset recovery practices
This work is often implemented jointly with local, regional and International partners, for example UNODC, the World Bank/UNODC Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative (StAR) and the G8 Arab Forum on Asset Recovery (AFAR) as well as partners from the UN Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Network (PNI), or, regionally, the OSCE and the European Parliament.