ATAC Support for Asset Recovery through (Civil Society Organizations)
Istanbul - UNDP Accountability, Transparency and Anti-Corruption (ATAC) programmer facilitated a two day forum on Asset Recovery for 18 Iraqi civil society organizations (CSOs) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), from 12 different governorates, on 13th August 2014.
Since the establishment of the UNCAC there has been a strong impetus for NGOs to engage in the efforts of preventing and combating corruption.
CSOs and NGOs have traditionally engaged in the Asset Recovery process through awareness raising, research and advocacy. Over time, they have also increasingly assisted states in managing frozen assets or helped with considerations related to the end-use of returned assets. More recently, CSOs have also assisted states in their enforcement efforts, whether by helping identify and investigate corruption-related offences, engaging with whistle- blowers and acting as mediator between whistle-blowers and the judicial apparatus, or by initiating legal action where the legal framework permits such initiative.
The outcome of the forum was an agreement reached to develop mutually agreed expectations and recommendations through the technical assistance of UNDP- ATAC and between the CSOs, NGOs and the Iraqi government on Asset Recovery and establish a CSO Asset Recovery Guide.
Emad Alemamie, Programme Manager