The Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative (StAR)

is a partnership between the World Bank Group and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) that supports international efforts to end safe havens for corrupt funds. StAR works with developing countries and financial centers to prevent the laundering of the proceeds of corruption and to facilitate more systematic and timely return of stolen assets. Learn More About Us >


 Corruption steals from the poor. It steals the promise of a brighter future.


—Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group


Forging the link between inclusion and integrity in Ethiopia

How can financial inclusion and financial integrity policies complement each other?

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Asset Recovery on Ukraine

Following the ouster of former Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovich in February 2014, efforts have begun to recover stolen assets at the initiative of the Government of Ukraine.

Arab Forum on Asset Recovery

The Third Arab Forum was hosted by the Government of Switzerland in Geneva and took place in early November 2014.


Public Wrongs, Private Actions
Civil lawsuits are often overlooked as a way to recover stolen assets. But this latest StAR report shows how they can provide an effective complement to more commonly-used criminal approaches.
Few and Far The Hard Facts on Stolen Asset Recovery
Corruption has a devastating impact on developing and transition countries, with estimates of $20 billion to $40 billion per year stolen by public officials, a figure equivalent to 20 to 40 percent of official development
Left out of the Bargain: Settlements in Foreign Bribery Cases and Implications for Asset Recovery
Countries have increasingly used settlements — any procedure short of a full trial— to conclude foreign bribery, imposing billions in monetary sanctions. But what happens to the money associated with settlements? And

StAR News

Reuters | June 11 2015
The Effect of anti-Terrorism Finance Rules on Aid to Conflict Zones': As Western governments tighten the noose on anti-terrorist financing, aid groups say the crackdown is exacting a toll on humanitarian programs in war-torn regions.
The White House Press Secretary | June 8 2015
The G7 Leaders Declaration: (including references to asset recovery and beneficial ownership) | April 14 2015
Asset Recovery in Tanzania: assets recovery is an aspect of the state compelling a person convicted of a crime to return the proceeds of the crime