Asset Recovery Support Project

Projet terminé

Systemic corruption, including the illegal appropriation of public assets by political-business elites has afflicted Ukraine for over two decades. Given the impetus for reforms following the Maidan revolution in 2014, as well as the large quantities of Ukrainian assets frozen in Swiss banks, Switzerland sees an opportunity to facilitate the return of public assets to Ukraine. This project provides technical assistance to strengthen Ukrainian authorities’ capacities in asset recovery. 

Pays/région Thème Période Budget
Développement des systèmes légaux et judiciaires
Organisations contre la corruption
01.12.2018 - 30.09.2023
CHF  930’000
Contexte The recovery of stolen assets has an important role to play in the fight against corruption; it not only strengthens the rule of law and acts as a deterrent to further corruption, but also restitutes precious resources for public services. Despite weak judicial institutions and political interference in high-level corruption cases, targeted technical assistance in key agencies will nonetheless help equip to build stronger cases and cooperate more effectively with foreign jurisdictions in which these assets are held, thus creating the necessary conditions for the recovery of these funds.
Objectifs Enhanced capacity of Ukraine law enforcement agencies in tackling corruption and recovering stolen assets leads to more effective enforcement of respective laws in Ukraine which in turn starts acting as a disincentive to financial crime.
Groupes cibles

Staff and management of the

Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine and

National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine

Effets à moyen terme

Objective 1: Ukrainian authorities have increased capacity and demonstrate the application of suitable tools and techniques to investigate and prosecute financial crime

Objective 2: Ukrainian authorities actively cooperate and coordinate with foreign jurisdictions in cross-border asset recovery cases supported by ICAR


Principaux résultats attendus:   ICAR provides technical assistance to the PGO and NABU, primarily through on-the-job coaching on an agreed list of priority cases, structured trainings addressing capacity gaps of the respective organizations and support in international cooperation with foreign jurisdictions.

Principaux résultats antérieurs:   In two previous phases, the International Center for Asset Reovery (ICAR) in Basel has provided case advice and trainings to the Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO) and has also been able to earn their trust in a highly political context. ICAR has also rapidly built its collaboration with the newly-established National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU), and has started providing targeted trainings to their staff. High-level corruption cases are complex and take time; thus no assets have yet been restituted, but notable progress has been made on several supported cases.

Direction/office fédéral responsable DDC
Crédit Coopération avec l'Europe de l'Est
Partenaire de projet Partenaire contractuel
ONG internationale ou étrangère
Institution universitaire et de recherche suisse
  • Autres instituts suisses universitairs ou de recherche

Autres partenaires
International Centre for Asset Recovery (ICAR)
Coordination avec d'autres projets et acteurs This project complements Switzerland’s core contribution to ICAR, as well as political and financial support to anti-corruption efforts in Ukraine by the EU, US, UK, Germany, France, Japan, and other western countries.
Budget Phase en cours Budget de la Suisse CHF    930’000 Budget suisse déjà attribué CHF    698’860
Phases du projet Phase 2 01.10.2023 - 30.09.2026   (Phase en cours)

Phase 1 01.12.2018 - 30.09.2023   (Completed)