Factors that impact a country’s risk score in the Basel AML Index


Basel AML Index scores are based on 14 indicators from publicly available sources. These indicators, and their weighting in the composite index, are:

  • Quality of AML/CFT framework (65%)
    • FATF Mutual Evaluation Reports
    • Financial Secrecy Index
    • US State Department International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR)
  • Corruption risk (10%)
    • Corruption Perception Index
  • Financial transparency and standards (15%)
    • Extent of Corporate Transparency Index
    • WEF Global Competitiveness Report – Strength of auditing and reporting standards
    • WEF Global Competitiveness Report – Regulation of securities exchanges
    • World Bank IDA Resource Allocation Index – Financial sector regulations
  • Public transparency and accountability (5%)
    • Political Finance Database – Political disclosure
    • Open Budget Index – Budget transparency score
    • World Bank IDA Resource Allocation Index – Transparency, accountability and corruption in the public sector
  • Political and legal risk (5%)
    • Freedom House: Freedom in the World and Freedom of the Press
    • WEF Global Competitiveness Report – Institutional pillar
    • Rule of Law Index

For full details of all 14 indicators used, and why, see Indicators.


The expert weighting system used places greater emphasis on indicators reflecting AML/CTF assessments and financial standards.

The FATF Mutual Evaluation Reports, Financial Secrecy Index and US INCSR therefore have a significant effect on the country’s final risk score.

65%10%15%5%5%Quality of AML/CFT FrameworkCorruption RiskFinancial Transparency & StandardsPublic Transparency & AccountabilityPolitical & Legal Risk