International asset recovery

The Global Focal Point Initiative

The theft of public assets by corrupt public officials and political leaders has a major impact on society, particularly in developing countries. It diverts money from services such as healthcare and education, it erodes public trust and threatens governance.

The process of asset recovery is complex, time consuming and often frustrating. As stolen assets are often concealed in foreign jurisdictions, there is a clear need for concerted action on a global level.

Following endorsement from INTERPOL’s General Assembly, we are developing initiative to trace, seize and return stolen public funds to the country of origin.

The Global Focal Point Network

The Global Focal Point Network on Asset Recovery provides a secure information exchange platform for criminal asset recovery. Authorized law enforcement officers from each member country are designated as “Focal Points” to respond to the immediate needs for assistance from any other member country in asset recovery. 

The immediate strategic objective of this initiative is to respond to concerns of asset freezing, seizing, confiscating and recovering stolen assets. A continuing objective is to facilitate secure exchange of sensitive information among the Focal Points who are from anti-corruption and asset recovery agencies.

As of November 2015, more than 200 national investigators and prosecutors from 120 countries had been nominated as Focal Points.The 6th meeting of the Global Focal Points Network was held in New Delhi, India, in November 2015.

Products and services available

Through INTERPOL secure channels, registered Focal Points can access:

  • Information and contact details of Focal Points from other jurisdictions;
  • Legislative, administrative, investigative and judicial frameworks for member countries;
  • A knowledge library;
  • All valid INTERPOL Notices published for corruption-related offences;
  • INTERPOL Notices to freeze assets;
  • A 24-Hour Initial Action Checklist for an asset recovery investigation.

In addition, we share regionally-based case studies, best practices and guidelines with our member countries through the INTERPOL Library of Best Practices, produced by the INTERPOL Group of Experts on Corruption.

INTERPOL Secure Communications for Asset Recovery (I-SECOM)

As many as two-thirds of the registered Focal Points  do not have secure email systems, which means many are reluctant to exchange information via email.

With the launch in July 2013 of a new INTERPOL system known as I-SECOM, for the first time the specialized anti-corruption community has a secure web-based email capability. This password-protected, encrypted channel encourages the exchange of sensitive data and will contribute to the success of current and future investigations.

Partners: combined expertise

The Stolen Asset Recovery (StAR) Initiative provides knowledge input to the Platform. StAR is run jointly by the World Bank and UNODC.


Membership of the Global Focal Point Network is open to all INTERPOL member countries. Applicants should be from law enforcement, judiciary or an administrative authority with a focus on asset recovery or corruption in general.

Applicants must be:

  • Nominated and authenticated by the Head of the national agency in which they are working;
  • Authorized by the Head of the INTERPOL National Central Bureau in their country.

For further information, please contact INTERPOL’s Anti-Corruption unit.

18 November 2015

Indian prime minister and INTERPOL Chief discuss cooperation

18 November 2015

Global asset recovery cooperation focus of INTERPOL-StAR conference

09 November 2015

INTERPOL supporting French investigation into athletics corruption

19 October 2015

Peru gears up to protect sport’s integrity

09 October 2015

China visit by INTERPOL Chief focuses on international police collaboration

23 September 2015

INTERPOL and FBI to forge closer ties against terrorism and cybercrime

21 September 2015

INTERPOL training in Senegal tackles corruption and financial crimes

08 September 2015

Senior Chinese official and INTERPOL Chief meet on international police collaboration

06 August 2015

Corruption and financial crime focus of INTERPOL training in Botswana

04 June 2015

Combating corruption in the forestry sector focus of INTERPOL training in Malaysia

13 May 2015

New INTERPOL notice could provide global link in targeting criminal assets

30 April 2015

INTERPOL strengthens cooperation in combating corruption and money laundering in Latin America

30 January 2015

Estonia hosts INTERPOL workshop on anti-corruption and financial crimes

23 December 2014

Identifying new law enforcement tools to enhance asset tracing and recovery focus of INTERPOL meeting

11 September 2014

INTERPOL-StAR conference aims to increase cooperation in asset recovery investigations

11 March 2014

Italy Police Chief visit to INTERPOL focuses on enhancing law enforcement cooperation

14 February 2014

Combating corruption in business transactions focus of INTERPOL workshop