Publications

November 11 2011

The new StAR and OECD study shows that financial gains from bribery can be accurately calculated and confiscated. The study draws on cases from six countries to show several methods of quantification that are already in use, and challenges the commonly-held perception that calculating the gains made by bribe-paying companies is too complicated.

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 outweigh implementation challenges and in many cases can help overcome obstacles related to paper-based systems. The recommendations in the paper are supported by the experiences of France, Ukraine and United States with managing these digital solutions for asset declarations.

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

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 assistance flows.

International Partnerships on Asset Recovery: Overview and Global Directory of Networks
January 18 2019

This directory lists the asset recovery networks, along with information about their structure and operations, and contact details.

The international community is well placed to make significant progress in asset recovery. National authorities have made some progress in developing the institutional and legal structures foreseen under the United Nations Convention against Corruption.

February 15 2019

Star Brochure in English describing our impact, background, vision, method and work.

Public Office, Private Interests: Accountability through Income and Asset Disclosure
March 28 2012

The first global study of financial disclosure laws and practices calls for a renewed commitment to income and asset disclosure to deter the use of public office for private gain, and to help manage actual and apparent conflicts of interest in the public sector. The study also shows that asset disclosure systems are more effective when there is a credible threat that violations will be detected and punished.

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 contain, citizens have taken to the streets to demand change, and, at the ballot box or through a handover of power, new rulers have stepped forward promising a cleaner government.

Management of Returned Assets: Policy Considerations
October 12 2009
The recovery of stolen assets raises a series of policy questions about how to use the returned funds to support development goals and how to keep the public informed. Success in managing returned assets builds confidence in public institutions and reinforces the rule of law. This note provides policymakers with an analytical framework for addressing the key management issues they will face. National authorities are encouraged to start planning early, while the asset recovery process is still ongoing. In 2017, UNODC published an updated publication on this subject: Effective Management and...