The Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative (StAR)

The Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative 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.

StAR provides platforms for dialogue and collaboration and also facilitates contact among different jurisdictions involved in asset recovery. Since its establishment ten years ago, StAR has assisted many countries in developing legal frameworks, institutional expertise, and the skills necessary to trace and return stolen assets.

StAR works with partners around the world to develop the most effective tools to tackle and prevent the theft of assets critical to development. StAR works with global organizations, including the Conference of States parties to UNCAC, the G8, the G20, and the Financial Action Task Force to influence and liaise with policymakers.

The Global Forum on Asset Recovery (GFAR)
was held in Washington, DC
December 4th to 6th, 2017,
hosted by the United Kingdom
and the United States with support from
the Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative (StAR).


GFAR Principles in Action: the MANTRA Project's Monitoring of the Disbursement of Abacha II funds in Nigeria

At the Global Forum on Asset Recovery (GFAR) held at the World Bank in December 2017, Nigeria, Switzerland, and the World Bank signed an MOU on the return of $321 million in funds stolen by...

The GFAR Principles

At the Global Forum on Asset Recovery (GFAR) in December 2017, the four focus countries (Nigeria, Ukraine, Tunisia, Sri Lanka) developed and adopted the GFAR Principles.

Shining a light on asset-disclosure practices at the International Anti-Corruption Conference

In October, many gathered in Copenhagen for the 18th International Anti-Corruption Conference.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres highlights importance of returning stolen assets

On 23 May 2018, the UN hosted an event to mark the 15th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC).


E-filing Asset Declarations: Benefits and Challenges
E-filing asset declarations: benefits and challenges is a resource for policymakers and practitioners considering making the transition to electronic filing of asset declarations. The study shows that the benefits of e-filing
StAR Annual Report 2018
From Kuala Lumpur to Pretoria, and from Islamabad to Yerevan—concerns about corruption have spawned political change across the world in 2018. With information about the shameless stealing of their rulers proving harder to
Financial Intelligence Units Working With Law Enforcement Authorities and Prosecutors
This publication was written by a project team composed of Klaudijo Stroligo (Team Leader), Ching-Lung Hsu and Theo Kouts. It is based on the joint study by the World Bank, Egmont Group, and United Nations Office on Drugs and