Following the money

Since its establishment in 2009 the ARINSA network proved itself as an effective platform for both information sharing and operational contacts among law enforcement and criminal justice front line officers dealing with assets forfeiture.

The ARINSA success was highlighted at the Annual general meeting, which was held on 

 The meeting joined together over 80 delegates (31 female), representing ARINSA members, such as Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Swaziland, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe, as well as law enforcement experts from  other countries.

The ARINSA network continues to grow and the AGM welcomed as new members, Angola and Uganda. This increases the number of countries that are members of the informal network to 15.           


Angola and Uganda being accepted as members of ARINSA . The representatives of Uganda and Angola are in the picture above together with The ARINSA President and representatives of the Secretariat.

The meeting was attended by Mme Segakweng Tsiane. Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Defence, Justice and Security for the Republic of Botswana, who highlighted that forfeiture or receipt of proceeds of crime is not an end in itself, but the beginning of a process of preserving and disposing of such assets in an efficient and effective manner, said. She highlighted that in order to exercise the asset forfeiture the executing agencies themselves should demonstrate the high level of integrity and accountability.

Mr. Stephen Tiroyakgosi the Director of Public Prosecutions for the Republic of Botswana stressed out the importance of ARINSA framework for supporting cooperation among front line officers.

Several international organisations including the International Centre for Asset Recovery (ICAR) and Camden Asset Recovery Inter-Agency Network (CARIN) shared experiences and best practises on asset recovery. The United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) were also present.

  • The meeting developed recommendations on the priorities in cooperation in 2018, which include a more interactive training and capacity building through e-learning, : -effective measure to reduce training costs.       

Assets recovered by member countries in 2017.

Link to the ARINSA Annual Report