Combating Corruption

Harmonization of National Legislation with UNCAC

Many countries in the MENA region are keen to receive UNODC expertise and technical assistance to support their ratification of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) and the relevant legal instruments against corruption. The objective is to improve governments' capacity to implement policies and laws and develop institutions for enforcement/sanctions and prevention of corruption.


National Strategies

UNODC facilitates support for the enactment of laws and issuance of regulations to facilitate the adoption and implementation of national strategies, including capacity building and training of public officials and NGOs working in the field of fighting corruption. ROMENA serves to ensure that best practices and lessons learned are shared across the region, and are used to develop national strategies through a variety of methodologies, including training, professional coaching, establishing knowledge networks, identifying and sharing best practices, the appointment of mentors and other forms of bi-lateral and multilateral technical assistance:

  • Establish cooperation mechanisms, including expertise and experience exchange, gathering and processing, as well as increasing awareness-raising and education curriculum development, in response to the resolutions and recommendations of the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption.
  • Enhance the capacity of judicial practitioners and central authorities to request and grant international cooperation in criminal cases, including mutual legal assistance, extradition, confiscation and asset recovery.
  • Facilitate regional expertise and experience exchange and peer-to-peer support in intelligence creation, specialized investigative techniques and advances in crime prevention approaches.
  • Facilitate regional and international knowledge exchange on good practices and promising approaches for the prevention of crime.

Campaigns and Initiatives

The Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative (StAR)

One of the focus areas of UNODC is asset recovery, which aims at encouraging and facilitating the systematic and timely return of assets stolen through acts of corruption, under the framework of UNCAC. For this objective, UNODC established a partnership with the World Bank Group under the joint Stolen Assets Recovery (StAR) Initiative. This Initiative focuses on lowering the barriers to asset recovery; building national capacity for asset recovery; and providing preparatory assistance in the recovery of assets.

ACT Against Corruption!

Corruption is a serious crime that can undermine social and economic development in all societies.

No country, region or community is immune.

ACT Against Corruption is a joint international campaign that was launched in 2011 by UNDP and UNODC. The Campaign focuses on how corruption hinders efforts to achieve the internationally agreed upon Millennium Development Goals, undermines democracy and the rule of law, leads to human rights violations, distorts markets, erodes quality of life and allows organized crime, terrorism and other threats to human security to flourish.

ACT Against Corruption sponsors the commemoration of International Anti-Corruption Day on 9 December around the world!

In 2011, the Campaign sponsored commemorations in Egypt, Libya and Jordan.

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See Also


The World Bank Group for the "Stolen Assets Recovery Initiative"

UNDP for "ACT Against Corruption!"

Ongoing Projects

Supporting Measures to Combat Corruption and Money Laundering and to Foster Asset Recovery in Egypt (EGYX49)

Anti-Corruption Mentor Programme (GLOS48)

Stolen Assets Recovery Initiative (GLOT08)

Towards an Effective Global Regime Against Corruption (GLOT58)

Strengthening the Capacity of the Government of Iraq in International Cooperation, Asset Recovery, Extradition and the Initiation and Management of Litigation in Foreign Jurisdictions (IRQX38)

Financial Investigative Training for the Commission of Integrity and Other National Investigative Institutions in Iraq (IRQX39)

Assistance for Promoting Transparency and Integrity and Strengthening the Anti-Corruption Measures in Libya (LBYT77)

Publications (click here)