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Non-State Actors in Asset Recovery

Edited By Daniel Thelesklaf and Pedro Gomes Pereira

Non-state actors are of fundamental importance in the prevention and combating of corruption within asset recovery processes. Their roles and responsibilities were considered during an experts’ meeting hosted by the Basel Institute on Governance and the International Anti-Corruption Academy in September 2010.
This book contains essays presented at the meeting, written by practitioners and academics with extensive experiences in the numerous fields which comprise asset recovery processes. The contributions offer a diversity of views on roles which non-state actors (can) play in preventing and combating corruption and other forms of financial crimes.
The editors conclude by offering insights into ongoing challenges in asset recovery processes and ways to overcome these challenges.


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ANNE LUGON-MOULIN - The role of donors in supporting NSAs in the asset recovery process 147


ANNE LUGON-MOULIN The role of donors in supporting NSAs in the asset recovery process I. Introduction Development assistance agencies have worked with NSAs for many decades and in a variety of sectors.1 NSAs are thus extremely impor- tant players in a number of development assistance types of interven- tion: in prevention and awareness-raising efforts in specific policy issues (e.g., human rights, access to information), in supplementing or replacing governmental functions when those have almost or totally collapsed (e.g., health services, education services in post-crisis con- texts), in monitoring government actions (e.g., state budget monitor- ing, corruption monitoring), or in implementing projects upon man- date of donors’ agencies, as a majority of donors projects, if not dedicated to financing governmental structures, are implemented via civil society organisations. As starting point, it might be useful to circumscribe the subject of asset recovery in the donor intervention landscape. Asset recovery is a sub-topic under the anti-corruption agenda, which comprises a range of activities, from legal reforms to advocacy. And anti-corruption itself is a sub-topic in the governance sector. This article will focus exclusively on the role of donors in working with NSAs in the asset recovery process. It will not discuss how to work with NSAs in broader anti-corruption or governance programmes, although it is This chapter was submitted by Ms. Lugon-Moulin in her individual capacity, and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Swiss Agency for Development and Co-operation. 1 In the development cooperation jargon, ‘civil society organization’ or ‘civil society’...

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