Measuring illicit financial flows in Asia-Pacific

Activities in Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan
are covered by UNCTAD and ESCAP.

In 2020, the UNODC Data Development and Dissemination Section and UNODC ROSEAP, together with ESCAP and UNCTAD, have started a new follow-up project on measuring Illicit Financial Flows in Asia-Pacific. Along the lines of the previous project implemented in Latin America the objective of this project is to implement the existing guidelines to measure illicit financial flows associated with criminal activities and illicit tax-related and commercial practices. Countries in the region were invited to submit a call for expression of interest (see link below) to participate in pilot activities, which started at the beginning of 2021.


Project duration: July 2020 - December 2022

Project partners: UNODC, UNCTAD, ESCAP

Pilot countries: Nepal, Bangladesh, Viet Nam, Maldives, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan

Project funding: UNDESA / UN Development Account

Project events

6 April 2022 - First National Workshop for Measuring Illicit Financial Flows associated with wildlife trafficking in Viet Nam

21-22 March 2022 - First National Workshop for Measuring Illicit Financial Flows associated with drug trafficking and trafficking in persons in Nepal Venue: Radisson Hotel Kathmandu

7 March 2022 - Third National Workshop on Measuring Illicit Financial Flows Associated with Drug Trafficking in Bangladesh Venue: Pan Pacific Sonargaon, Dhaka

21 and 24 February 2022 - First National Training for Measuring Illicit Financial Flows associated with drug trafficking and trafficking in persons in the Maldives. Venue: online training

26 May 2021 Kick-off meeting of pilot activities for measuring illicit financial flows in Asia-Pacific countries Venue: online meeting

22 September 2020 Asia-Pacific Stats Cafe series: Estimating the size of illicit financial flows: Strengthening national capacity to monitor SDG target 16.4 Venue: online webinar

Project documents

Call for expression of interest to participate in pilot activities
(application closed)
Download here

Conceptual framework for the Statistical Measurement of Illicit Financial Flows
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Data availability assessment tools
Drug-related IFFs
Smuggling of migrants-related IFFs
Wildlife-trafficking related IFFs