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U4 Practitioner Experience Note | Jun 2020

Twenty years with anti-corruption. Part 6. The end game: asset recovery and return – an unfinished agenda

The tracing, confiscation, and return of stolen funds is the final part of the anti-corruption journey. Successful recoveries and returns are crucial if ‘returner’ and ‘receiver’ countries are to be...
Phil Mason OBE (2020)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (U4 Practitioner Experience Note 2020:6)
U4 Issue | 2019

Asset recovery and illicit financial flows from a developmental perspective: Concepts, scope, and potential

The transfer abroad of assets acquired through corruption deprives developing countries of their domestic resources. Asset recovery offers a path to repatriate ill-gotten gains, but the amounts recovered pale in...
Mathis Lohaus (2019)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (U4 Issue 2019:12)
U4 Guide | 2019

UNCAC in a nutshell 2019. A quick guide to the United Nations Convention against Corruption for donor agency and embassy staff

This guide provides an overview of the anti-corruption provisions of the UNCAC, covering criminalisation and preventive measures, international cooperation and asset recovery, as well as the Convention's implementation review mechanism....
Hannes Hechler, Mathias Huter, Ruggero Scaturro (2019)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (U4 Guide 2019:2)
Report in External Series | 2016

Country Evaluation Brief: South Sudan

While the international community is primarily concerned with trying to restore stability and providing protection and relief to an increasing number of people in South Sudan, evaluations of past development...
Gunnar M. Sørbø, Mareike Schomerus, Lovise Aalen (2016)
Oslo: Norad (Country Evaluation Briefs no. 6) 38 p.
CMI Insight | 2016

Illicit Flows and Trade Misinvoicing: Are we looking under the wrong lamppost?

Illicit financial flows (IFFs) have become a high profile issue in recent years. The Sustainable Development Goals include a target (16.4: significantly reduce illicit financial and arms flows, strengthen the...
Maya Forstater (2016)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI Insight no. 5) 8 p.
U4 Issue | 2016

Corruption and state-backed debts in Mozambique: What can external actors do?

The average annual cost of corruption to Mozambique was recently estimated to be up to USD 4.9 billion for the period 2004-2014. Some analysts have entertained the idea that investments in...
David Aled Williams, Jan Isaksen (2016)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (U4 Issue 2016:6) 24 p
U4 Issue | 2014

The role of donors in the recovery of stolen assets

Financial crimes such as corruption, fraud, and embezzlement generate significant profits, often at the expense of the public budget. These proceeds of crime are usually hidden outside of the country...
Gretta Fenner Zinkernagel, Pedro Gomes Pereira, Francesco De Simone (2014)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (U4 Issue 2014:08) 29 p.
U4 Issue | 2014

The role of donors in the recovery of stolen assets

Financial crimes such as corruption, fraud, and embezzlement generate significant profits, often at the expense of the public budget. These proceeds of crime are usually hidden outside of the country...
Gretta Fenner Zinkernagel, Pedro Gomes Pereira, Francesco De Simone (2014)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (U4 Issue 2014:8) 29 p.
Edited Book | 2012

Lebanon After the Cedar Revolution

A comprehensive look at contemporary Lebanon and the ongoing attempts by Israel, Syria and Iran to influence its domestic affairs. Lebanon is the prisoner of its geography and its history, a...
Are Knudsen and Michael Kerr (2012)
London: Hurst 323 p.
U4 Brief | 2012

The accumulation of unexplained wealth by public officials: Making the offence of illicit enrichment enforceable

Recent high-profile cases have focused attention on the transfer of assets abroad by heads of state and other senior officials from developing countries in amounts that far exceed their legitimate...
Maud Perdriel-Vaissiere (2012)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (U4 Brief 2012:1) 4 p.
Journal Article | 2011

Building Mayan authority and autonomy: The "recovery" of indigenous law in post-peace Guatemala

Across Latin America, debates and practice around indigenous law provide a window on shifting relations between indigenous movements, states, and international actors. In Guatemala, the practice of indigenous law is...
Rachel Sieder (2011)
in Studies in Law, Politics, and Society vol. 55 pp. 43-75
CMI Working Paper | 2009

UN support for peacebuilding: Nepal as the exceptional case

In the annals of UN peace operations, the mission in Nepal (UNMIN) appears as an exceptional case. Most peace support operations today are multidimensional – covering the security sector, political...
Astri Suhrke (2009)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI Working Paper WP 2009: 7) 48 p.
CMI Report | 2009

Building capacity for development and food security in Malawi. Mid-term review of the Bunda college capacity building programme (BCDP)

This report presents the findings of a mid-term review Phase III of the Bunda College Capacity Building Programme (BCDP) in Malawi. The efforts during the previous phases are bearing fruit....
Ramji Nyirenda and Arne Tostensen (2009)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI Report R 2009: 4) 20 p.
CMI Report | 2009

Faryab Survey Comparison of Findings from Maymane, 2006 and 2009

This is a follow-up to an earlier survey conducted in Maymane district by the Organization for Sustainable Development and Research (OSDR) during a two-week period in early November 2006. In...
Arne Strand and Organisation for Sustainable Development and Research (OSDR) (2009)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI Report R 2009:2)
Sudan Working Paper | 2008

Is it the Fault of NGOs Alone? Aid and Dependency in Eastern Sudan

Scholars of development studies have long debated the efficacy of humanitarian assistance in the Sudan, especially in eastern Sudan, where humanitarian agencies have been working for more than two decades....
Munzoul A. M. Assal (2008)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (Sudan Working Paper SWP 2008: 5) 19 p.
U4 Brief | 2007

The Recovery of Stolen Assets: A Fundamental Principle of the UN Convention against Corruption

Despite hundreds of billions of dollars in aid, the United Nations determined in 2004 that 54 countries had actually become poorer than they were 15 years previously. Most analysts now...
Jack Smith, Mark Pieth, Guillermo Jorge (2007)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (U4 Brief 2007:2) 4 p.
Report in External Series | 2007

Peace Processes and Statebuilding: Economic and Institutional Provisions of Peace Agreements

This report originates in the growing international engagement in statebuilding and postconflict reconstruction during the past decade. The 2005 Paris declaration of the OECD referred to an emerging international consensus...
Astri Suhrke, Torunn Wimpelmann and Marcia Dawes (2007)
World Bank and UNDP pp. 1-60
Journal Article | 2007

The Fight against Corruption in Indonesia

Sofie Arjon Schütte (2007)
in Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs vol. 4 pp. 57-66
U4 Brief | 2007

La recuperación de activos robados: Un principio fundamental de la Convención de la ONU contra la corrupción

Pese a los cientos de miles de millones de dólares en ayuda humanitaria, las Naciones Unidas determinó en 2004 que 54 países eran en efecto más pobres que 15 años...
Jack Smith, Mark Pieth, Guillermo Jorge (2007)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (U4 Brief 2007:16) 4 p.
U4 Brief | 2007

Le recouvrement d'avoirs volés: un principe fondamental de la Convention des Nations Unies contre la corruption

Alors que l’aide atteint des centaines de milliards de dollars, les Nations Unies ont montré en 2004 qu’en 15 ans, 54 pays s’étaient appauvris. La plupart des analystes admettent désormais...
Jack Smith, Mark Pieth, Guillermo Jorge (2007)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (U4 Brief 2007:15) 4 p.