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).


StAR Data Collection: International Asset Recovery Efforts in Corruption Cases, 2010–2019

We are conducting a new study on international asset recovery efforts in corruption cases, based on a questionnaire for country authorities.

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.

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).


Asset Recovery Handbook: A Guide for Practitioners, Second Edition
The Asset Recovery Handbook: A Guide for Practitioners has been updated in 2020 by the Stolen Asset Recovery (StAR) initiative, a joint initiative of the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime and the World Bank
StAR External Review 2019
The StAR Initiative underwent an external review of its program for the period 2013 to 2018 to inform decisions regarding its strategic direction and implementation arrangements. 
StAR Annual Report 2019
The past is a foreign country” never felt truer than now, weeks into the COVID-lockdown, at home behind a screen. How far away 2019 feels—Now looking back at the so-called regular times of 2019 what stands out from an