The Role of Civil Society Organisations in Asset Recovery

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In Zimbabwe, civil society organizations (CSOs) have played a significant role in documenting
corruption and mismanagement depriving the citizens of their basic human rights. This work
can facilitate asset recovery efforts, which is a high priority for the Government. The country
continues to face enormous challenges despite the political changes in recent years, and this
makes the contribution of civil society all the more important. In particular, CSOs can raise
public awareness, research, advocacy, case management, and monitoring of returned assets.
Therefore, It should be promoted and equipped to work with government and state institutions,
providing information, increasing accountability and building political will. The government
and third sector may achieve significantly more when working together than either could
independently. This paper seeks to provide CSOs with a platform to engage effectively and
support the recovery of stolen assets within and beyond Zimbabwe’s borders. It encourages
CSOs to explore opportunities to effectively engage in the asset recovery process, including
in partnership with other actors. Therefore, they can work towards returning the assets to
Zimbabweans in desperate need. As the first of its kind, it is not intended to be exhaustive
but rather provides an introductory overview of CSOs’ engagement with asset recovery and
identifies their specific strengths. In addition, it also analyses asset recovery networks, allowing
them to understand who is already working to build on this knowledge for future collaborations.
In terms of scope, this study analyses asset recovery in the context of corruption-related offenses,
emphasizing cases involving senior public officials, and discusses experiences from Indonesia
and the Philippines.
Original languageEnglish
Article number5
Pages (from-to)317-338
Number of pages23
JournalIndonesian Journal of International Law
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 14 Aug 2022


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