Method of engagement

Promoting appropriate legal procedures and arrangements for the management of assets.

Possible actions

  • Identify potential institutions, agencies and stakeholders responsible for the coordination and the management of repatriated assets.
  • Identify legal mechanisms/ ways to compensate the determined victims of the crime with the confiscated assets.
  • Working concertedly with national asset management/asset recovery units on planning the treatment to, and allocation of confiscated assets.
  • Propose wide consultation with stakeholders comprising local authorities and CSOs, to define the use of returned assets.
  • Liaise with CSOs in requested countries during the asset recovery process to request their assistance to lobby for a dialogue between requested and requesting countries on the use of repatriated assets.

Best practices

  • Identify good practices in other jurisdictions.
  • Minimise bias and conflict of interest when determining how to manage repatriated assets.
  • Refer to national development plan objectives and similarly widely accepted development goals.
  • Consider the long-term sustainability of projects funded through returned assets.


  • Fenner-Zinkernagel, Gretta, Charles Monteith, and Pedro Gomes Pereira. “Past Experience with Agreements for the Disposal of Confiscated Assets.” In Emerging Trends in Asset Recovery. Bern: Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften, 2013.
  • Mader, Max. "Civil society facilitators of asset recovery. The two Swiss cases Mobutu and Abacha." In Thelesklaf, Daniel, and Pedro Gomes Pereira (eds), Non-State Actors in Asset Recovery. Bern: Peter Lang, 2011.
  • Management of Returned Assets: Policy Considerations. Washington, DC: StAR Initiative / The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development / The World Bank, 2009. 
  • Effective management and disposal of seized and confiscated assets. Vienna: UNODC, 2017.

CSO examples

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