Corruption is universal. It affects all regions of the world and all levels of society, but the impact is greatest in developing countries.

The effects are far-reaching: corruption can undermine political, social and economic stability, and ultimately threaten the safety and security of society as a whole.

Corruption creates a fertile ground for organized criminal activities, even terrorism, as criminals are aided in their illegal activities by the complicity of corrupt public officials.

Economic globalization has made corruption a borderless crime. The competitive world of international business can leave companies exposed to bribes and fraudulent financial practices. Corrupt transactions can cross multiple jurisdictions, making the ensuing police investigation time-consuming and complex.

What INTERPOL does

The ability to coordinate global action is vital for the world’s police and judicial systems. INTERPOL’s initiatives include:

  • International asset recovery: The Global Focal Point Network for Asset Recovery assists law enforcement bodies in returning stolen public funds to victim countries. Accessible via INTERPOL’s secure global police communications network (I-24/7), the platform allows authorized users to exchange information and better coordinate their investigations. Among the tools on offer is SECOM, a secure web-based email capability.
  • Operational support: We can coordinate working meetings between member countries in order to facilitate investigations that cover more than one jurisdiction.
  • Training: Success in international asset recovery depends on sound and credible investigation. INTERPOL offers regional training workshops to investigators and prosecutors, focusing on evidence, through the INTERPOL Global Programme on Anti-Corruption, Financial Crimes and Asset Recovery .


The complexities of international corruption require a multi-sector and cross-border response. As such, we work closely with a number of partners to fight corruption globally. Activities include promoting the exchange of information, establishing best practices and providing training to officers around the globe. The United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) sets out an international framework invaluable in the fight against corruption and serves as a guide to many of our initiatives.

Our international partners include, among others:


As part of our projects and partnerships, we take part in and organize a number of corruption-related events, such as conferences, meetings and training workshops, involving our partners, contact points, member countries, prosecutors and investigators. In November 2015, the 6th Global Focal Point Conference on Asset Recovery was held in New Delhi, India.

08 septiembre 2016

INTERPOL strengthens cooperation in combating corruption in Africa

05 julio 2016

La seguridad regional y mundial, tema central de la visita del jefe de INTERPOL a El Salvador

01 junio 2016

Cómo hacer frente a los delitos en el ámbito deportivo: curso de INTERPOL y el COI preparatorio de las Olimpiadas de Río

12 mayo 2016

Tackling corruption requires collective response, INTERPOL Chief tells international summit

15 abril 2016

La lucha contra la corrupción en el sector forestal, objetivo de un curso de INTERPOL en Argentina

22 marzo 2016

Sports integrity focus of WADA President’s visit to INTERPOL

21 marzo 2016

International Day of Forests: the role of environmental security

14 enero 2016

A petición de Francia, INTERPOL publica una notificación roja sobre Papa Massata Diack

09 diciembre 2015

INTERPOL supports International Anti-Corruption Day

18 noviembre 2015

Indian prime minister and INTERPOL Chief discuss cooperation

18 noviembre 2015

La cooperación internacional para la recuperación de activos, objetivo de la conferencia INTERPOL-StAR

09 noviembre 2015

INTERPOL supporting French investigation into athletics corruption

19 octubre 2015

Peru gears up to protect sport’s integrity

09 octubre 2015

China visit by INTERPOL Chief focuses on international police collaboration

23 septiembre 2015

INTERPOL y el FBI estrechan sus lazos para combatir el terrorismo y la ciberdelincuencia

21 septiembre 2015

INTERPOL training in Senegal tackles corruption and financial crimes

08 septiembre 2015

Senior Chinese official and INTERPOL Chief meet on international police collaboration

06 agosto 2015

Corruption and financial crime focus of INTERPOL training in Botswana

04 junio 2015

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

13 mayo 2015

Una nueva notificación de INTERPOL podría ofrecer un canal de comunicación mundial centrado en los activos de origen delictivo

30 abril 2015

INTERPOL consolida la cooperación con miras a combatir el blanqueo de capitales en América Latina

30 enero 2015

Estonia hosts INTERPOL workshop on anti-corruption and financial crimes

6th Global Focal Point Conference on Asset Recovery
November 2015, New Delhi, India

Combating corruption and financial crimes

Definición de corrupción

“La corrupción es cualquier acción u omisión contraria a la ley o a la confianza y cuya finalidad sea el lucro, cometida por una persona u organización, ya sea pública o privada.”

Definición de corrupción elaborada por los expertos de INTERPOL

Supporting the UN Convention against Corruption