Demystifying CAPAR and why it matters for civil society

Illicit financial flows (IFFs) are a significant obstacle to Africa’s development, as they drain essential resources. To confront this challenge, the African Union took concrete steps, starting with the adoption of the Special Declaration on Illicit Financial Flows in January 2015. This declaration endorsed the recommendations of the African Union/United Nations Economic Commission for Africa’s Read more about <strong>Demystifying CAPAR and why it matters for civil society</strong>[…]

The Glencore Scandal: A Deep Dive into Asset Recovery and Global Justice

Written by Andi Shehu, CiFAR. Introduction Glencore, a giant in the world of multinational commodities trading and mining, has found itself at the epicentre of one of the biggest corporate scandals in recent history. Allegations of widespread bribery and corruption have not only tarnished the company’s reputation, but also raised urgent questions about the ethical Read more about <strong>The Glencore Scandal: A Deep Dive into Asset Recovery and Global Justice</strong>[…]

Statement of the CAPAR Civil Society Network at the Continental Symposium on AUCPCC, 20 Years After: Achievements and Prospects

Arusha, 10 July 2023 The CAPAR Civil Society Network, formed of civil society organisations across Africa and facilitated by CiFAR – Civil Forum for Asset Recovery, congratulates the African Union on the successful organisation of the “Continental Symposium on AUCPCC, 20 Years After: Achievements and Prospects”. The CAPAR Civil Society (CSO) Network was formed at Read more about <strong>Statement of the CAPAR Civil Society Network at the Continental Symposium on AUCPCC, 20 Years After: Achievements and Prospects</strong>[…]

Asset Recovery in Kenya: Overview and Explainer

Read CiFAR’s new research paper: Asset Recovery in Kenya The Kenyan government has been engaged in more recent years in cross-border asset freezing, confiscation, and return of the proceeds of corruption. Nevertheless, it is not lost on many that to a large extent, international cases have begun due to the proactivity of the countries holding Read more about Asset Recovery in Kenya: Overview and Explainer[…]

Best Practices and Challenges in the Management of Recovered Assets

CiFAR has today launched a new paper – Best Practices and Challenges in the Management of Recovered Assets. With this manual, civil society organisations interested in starting work in the asset recovery field or strengthening current work will find concrete tips and ideas identified from interviews generously provided by CSO rThis report aims to fill Read more about Best Practices and Challenges in the Management of Recovered Assets[…]

CiFAR “Investigate West Africa” programme: looking ahead

In May 2021, we launched the third installment of our “Investigate” training series, this time targeting francophone and anglophone journalists from West Africa and Europe. In partnership with the investigative center CENOZO, based in Burkina Faso, and other partner journalists from the OCCRP and the ICIJ, and supported by GIZ, we trained and mentored a Read more about CiFAR “Investigate West Africa” programme: looking ahead[…]

The Ibori Loot: The controversy surrounding the destination of the returned money

This is a guest blog by Elfredah Kevin-Alerechi, a journalist at Nigeria’s Peoples Gazette. For any inquiries, you may contact her at elfretutle.ei@gmail.com. On 18th May 2021, the Nigerian government received the expected £4.2 million from the British Government, recovered from family members and associates of the oil-rich former Delta State Governor, James Ibori. In the months preceding the Read more about The Ibori Loot: The controversy surrounding the destination of the returned money[…]

Improving the Regulatory Framework for the Management of Recovered Assets in Nigeria

This is a guest blog by Oluwasola Omoju, PhD, a Research Fellow at the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (National Assembly) Abuja, Nigeria. For any inquiries, you may contact him at shollcy@yahoo.co.uk. Recovery of misappropriated assets is a core agenda of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari. According to media reports, the Economic and Read more about Improving the Regulatory Framework for the Management of Recovered Assets in Nigeria[…]

Africa’s asset recovery spring?

African countries lose more than $70 billion a year in illicit financial flows, stemming from crime and corruption. Good news is, following the Nigeria example, more and more of them are stepping up their efforts in recovering stolen assets. Here are four examples we think are interesting to look at. Liberia Liberia’s former president Taylor Read more about Africa’s asset recovery spring?[…]