- Anti Corruption
- Asset recovery
- Rule of Law
- Data Management
- Corporate Risk & Compliance
- International Sanctions
Corruption has been recognised as a major global and domestic problem corroding the rule of law, equity and wealth of nations. In the last two decades much positive work has been done around the world to combat corruption. Examples include the establishment of Anti-Corruption Commissions, international anti-corruption conventions, more stringent anti-bribery legislation, or successful prosecutions of corrupt individuals and corporations. At the same time, many of these reforms have not been as effective as hoped for, frequently lacking the institutional and political foundation for sustainable and equitable change.
At Stream House we understand the challenges of initiating and implementing successful anti-corruption reforms. We have an established track record in both a domestic and international setting of working with governments, international agencies, the private sector and civil society in developing anti corruption strategies at an enforcement and governance level.
Photo: L.Koechlin - Ruzizi (Rwanda) Sep 2012
Governance refers to the set of actors, institutions and rules that address common challenges within and across societies. Such actors can include public authorities, citizens, non-governmental or international organisations, or companies. In a globalised and complex world, common challenges need collective efforts to find sustainable solutions. Pertinent examples of such challenges include impunity and the lack of equity in natural resource governance, or the creation of effective institutions enabling public accountability and responsiveness.
Stream House has both the expertise and the experience in addressing such governance challenges. We work with a process-oriented approach, seeking to create and shape the conditions for sustainable solutions. We work closely with the stakeholders, ensuring tailored knowledge transfer, and catalysing networks of change makers.
Photo: L.Koechlin - Kisumu (Kenya) May 2014
Asset recovery refers to the repatriation of the proceeds of corruption hidden in foreign jurisdictions. The World Bank estimates that $20 to 40 billion dollars in illicit assets are transferred out of emerging economies each year, including the proceeds of corruption out of which only $5 billion have been recovered to date ever. Asset Recovery - the process of restraining assets and depriving criminals of their ill-gotten gains by providing mechanisms through the criminal justice system or using creative legal strategies is a relatively recent development. The United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) has established asset recovery has a fundamental principle of the convention and devoted Chapter V to to the mechanism. Stream House has practical experience of working on international financial crime and corruption cases and using both criminal and civil powers to recover the proceeds of crime. Stream House founders were instrumental in establishing the International Centre for Asset Recovery at the Basel Institute on Governance in Basel Switzerland.
There are several countries emerging from conflict or those that are newly independent, requiring modern and competent judicial and legal systems to effectively deal with the threat of organised crime and corruption. They require enhanced institutional capacity as they work towards building fair, just and prosperous societies. Rule of law is often measured against international standards and best practices.
Stream House has and continues to work on rule of law projects that are strengthening the independence, efficiency and accountability of judicial institutions in the fight against corruption and organised crime. Stream House experts can assist in developing a broad range of strategies to develop, implement and monitor rule of law institutions and practices in accordance with international standards.
Stream House believes that data management systems with secure IT solutions can foster better governance and accountability. On the preventive side of corruption, Stream House has developed a number of technical solutions to address income/asset declarations of public officials, secure and anonymous whistleblower and crowd-sourced data systems, and interactive IT platforms for more effective training and capacity building.
Given that most IT solutions become too complex and overly expensive, institutions need sound advice (e.g build vs buy approach) before committing precious funds into projects that do not always produce tangible outcomes and reliable solutions.
On the law enforcement side, Stream House has designed solutions for secure investigative and judicial case management, open source intelligence gathering and IT-based case simulations. Stream House experts have in-depth experience working with IT industry leaders that translates into sound advice and cost-effective implementation of software solutions.
Stream House has expertise that can connect public and private sector experience in addressing such emerging challenges. Stream House can assist in both establishing common policies and controls to address the risks, providing greater transparency and generating confidence in addressing the legal, regulatory and operational risks.
With our considerable experience in the fields of law enforcement, Stream House is also able to assist in developing legal strategies for those clients who require more proactive assistance in challenging these risks, such as internal investigations either to establish levels of risk or as a precursor to anticipated regulatory action, or for other reasons.
The increasing use of sanctions in support of national security and foreign policy priorities has highlighted the critical need for public and private sector readiness. UN Security Council, regional and domestic instruments stipulate multiple obligations in the arena of technology, trade/export controls and financial measures such as asset freezing, financial vigilance, prohibited transactions and licensing requirements. Ensuring efficient and effective processes to comply with the myriad of international obligations has never been more important.
Stream House experts have a track record of working across the public and private sector on programme design and implementation of sanction regimes. Our experts have an extensive experience of supporting governments and regulators to ensure they are best positioned to meet international standards. Stream House can further assist private and charitable sector clients on aspects of cross border regulatory compliance, licensing, internal audit and horizon sanction risks.
Photo: A. Bacarese – London (UK) January 2014