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).


The StAR Quarterly

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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 for Ukraine

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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
StAR Annual Report 2017
StAR Annual Report: In 2017, StAR celebrated its ten-year anniversary with remarkable progress in the asset recovery realm.  
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