The Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative (StAR)
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.
StAR assists countries in developing the legal framework, institutional expertise, and skill necessary to recover assets. It works with partners in jurisdictions all around the world to develop the most effective and appropriate tools to tackle and prevent the theft of assets critical to development.
Upon request, StAR provides technical assistance to countries that are operationally engaged in asset recovery cases. Working with all the relevant institutions – including financial centers and anti-corruption agencies – StAR adds value by offering technical advice and best practices in the development of case strategy, as well as in the identification and mobilization of the most appropriate asset-tracing tools – such as mutual legal assistance, seizing and confiscating assets, and assisting in the acceleration of international cooperation.
StAR brings innovation to the global fight against corruption, offering fact-based analysis and proposals on the strategy.
National Agency is a central executive body, authorized to the cooperation with international, interagency organizations and networks which are aimed to ensure international cooperation in the framework of identification, tracing and asset management, including the StAR Initiative (Art. 9-10, 16, 18 of the Law of Ukraine "On the National Agency of Ukraine for Identifying, Tracing and Management of Assets Derived from Corruption and Other Crimes").
National agency is interested in constructive partnership with StAR Initiative on the basis of reciprocity and compliance with high quality requirements, efficiency and confidentiality of information exchange.