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Illicit Financial Flows

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Illicit Financial Flows


Course Dates

(1 Week) 1st - 5th May 2023

(2 Weeks) 1st - 12th May 2023


1 Week = $2245

2 Weeks = $4200



Programme Outline

Introduction to IFFs

Main Sources of IFFs

  • Corruption
  • Policy weaknesses
  • Tax evasion and tax aggressive tax avoidance
  • Money laundering (including TBML and TF)
  • Smuggling and Illegal trade WCO
  • Organized crime

International Framework to Combat IFFs

Domestic Frameworks to Combat IFFs

Tools to Address IFFs

  • Legislation
  • Good governance, rule of law, and strong institutions
  • Transparency and oversight
  • Ethics and governance
  • Inter-agency and international cooperation
  • Engagement with media and civil society
  • Policy alignment/inter-linkages


Bernd Schentler is an independent expert who assists governments in improving domestic resource mobilization (DRM) and in addressing illicit financial flows (IFFs). He has more than 20 years of operational and management experience in the public sector, the bulk of that at the South African Revenue Service (SARS) in diverse fields including taxation, customs, enforcement, compliance, anti-money laundering, risk management and intelligence. As a technical advisor to the African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF), he has extensive experience in outreach and capacity building initiatives that deal with regional and global topical issues. As speaker and panelist at various international forums he deals with a variety of tax and tax related issues and he has a solid track record in training tax and customs officials, members of parliament and representatives of the media and civil society.

Bernd works in Africa, Asia and South America with various international institutions, including theAfrican Tax Administration Forum (ATAF), International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Customs Organization (WCO), as a subject matter expert and holds a PhD in Tax Policy from the African Tax Institute (ATI) of the University of Pretoria where he is also an extraordinary lecturer and advisor the Tax Transparency and Corruption Project (in association with the Global Tax Policy Centre, Vienna). He has authored and co-authored several journal papers and book chapters on the impact of corruption and money laundering on customs and tax, the value of inter-agency cooperation and good governance to combat IFFs and the linkage between COVID-19 and IFFs.

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