“Tools and Resources for Anti-Corruption Knowledge” (TRACK) is a central platform of anti-corruption and asset recovery information that was developed by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) with the support of the World Bank, Microsoft and other TRACK partner institutions. Financial contributions were received from the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and the World Bank. The TRACK website has three main components:
1. Legal Library related to the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC)
The UNCAC Legal Library is a web-based portal which contains legislation and jurisprudence relevant to the United Nations Convention against Corruption from over 175 States, systematized in accordance with the requirements of the Convention. This legal information is searchable by country, by UNCAC article and other criteria such as legal systems and levels of human development. This component of TRACK is known as the UNCAC Legal Library. Specific information on how to search the database is available on the Legal Library page of the TRACK portal.
The key objective of the Legal Library is to provide a mechanism to systematize and disseminate legal knowledge related to the implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC). Building mainly on public information provided by States and open-source research, the Library collects, systematizes and facilitates the analysis and dissemination of updated and validated legal knowledge, including national laws, regulations and administrative practices related to the requirements of UNCAC.
2. Anti-corruption learning platform
A key feature of TRACK is that it provides a common space where analytical materials and tools generated by TRACK partner organizations can be searched and accessed. Search results are displayed in a single location through customizable search features. TRACK is designed to search the websites of the various partner organizations according to search criteria entered by users, with results clearly indicating the source of those materials. TRACK thus amplifies the anti-corruption knowledge generated by its partner institutions and brings them together in a single space.
The TRACK portal provides a central location where legal and non-legal information related to anti-corruption and asset recovery is accessible to users world-wide. TRACK’s powerful search engine enables users to access asset recovery and corruption-related information generated by UNODC, the World Bank and the other partner organizations according to predetermined search criteria or keywords.
3. Collaborative space for registered partner institutions and anti-corruption practitioners
TRACK is a collaborative forum where registered users can upload and exchange information. The shared workspace is intended for use by partner institutions and anti-corruption practitioners who have registered on the TRACK website. The collaborative area of the TRACK portal provides a common space where partner organizations, registered anti-corruption practitioners and experts can exchange information, schedule events and collaborate directly with each other.
At present, the number of international and regional institutions active in the field of anti-corruption and asset recovery is relatively limited, and the specialized knowledge they generate is in high demand. The different entities maintain their own websites and carry out activities which contribute, from different angles and with different methodologies, to the advancement of work on anti-corruption and asset recovery. In building the UNCAC Legal Library, UNODC also created a broader web-based portal known as TRACK to disseminate the knowledge and learning on anti-corruption and asset recovery generated by its partner institutions. This information includes:
- Policy papers
- Compilations of good practices
- Directories of focal points
- Other tools for practitioners.
The TRACK portal creates a single site where knowledge on anti-corruption generated by partner institutions can be accessed.
The main users and beneficiaries of the TRACK portal who will benefit in a direct practical manner include:
- Law-makers and policy-makers working in the field of anti-corruption and asset recovery, especially those seeking to design laws to facilitate the implementation of UNCAC and those working on national plans and strategies against corruption;
- Asset recovery practitioners undertaking the initial planning of cross-jurisdictional asset recovery cases;
- Those tasked with providing information to determine compliance with international obligations, including but not limited to UNCAC;
- National anti-corruption bodies with a mandate on prevention, investigation and prosecution;
- Judicial institutions and prosecutors;
- Regional anti-corruption/integrity networks;
- Technical assistance providers for asset recovery and governance work;
- Civil society and NGOs active in improving transparency and accountability;
- Private sector entities considering investment and other activities;
- Scholars and think tanks engaged in comparative and analytical work on the causes of corruption and remedies through asset recovery;
- Members of the general public wishing to learn more about anti-corruption and asset recovery matters.
By disseminating information on action taken following the ratification of the Convention, the UNCAC Legal Library will also prove particularly useful to legislators and policy-makers of countries that have not yet ratified or acceded to the Convention.
Using only open-source research, UNODC has to date collected national laws and jurisprudence, including data on anti-corruption authorities, from over 175 States and systematized this legal knowledge in relation to each provision of the UN Convention against Corruption. Going forward, this information will be updated and validated regularly on the basis of public information provided by States through the Mechanism for the Review of Implementation of UNCAC. For more information on the Review Mechanism, please refer to the UNODC website at http://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/treaties/CAC/IRG.html.
A non-exclusive list of TRACK partner institutions includes:
- African Development Bank
- Asian Development Bank
- Basel Institute of Governance / International Center for Asset Recovery
- International Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities (IAACA)
- Microsoft Corporation
- Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
- U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre
- United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
- United Nations Global Compact
- United Nations Interregional Crime Research Institute (UNICRI)
- United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
- UNODC/World Bank Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative (StAR)
- Council of Europe - the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO)
An initial meeting of TRACK partner institutions was held in Bangkok from 10-13 November 2010 in the context of the 14th International Anti-Corruption Conference. UNODC welcomes the participation and support of additional partner organizations. There is no cost to being a TRACK partner institution.
At present, the TRACK website is intended to serve four main types of practitioners in the field of anti-corruption and asset recovery:
- Anti-corruption authorities
- Central authorities for mutual legal assistance
- Asset recovery focal points.
Additional practitioner groups will be added in the future, as appropriate.
The TRACK portal provides a shared collaborative workspace for TRACK partner institutions and practitioners in the field of anti-corruption and asset recovery. For more details on how to register, please refer to http://track.unodc.org.
TRACK is built on Microsoft’s latest SharePoint 2010 and FAST search technology. As a partner organization of the TRACK portal, Microsoft has supported TRACK since the early project stages and is a key partner in this endeavor. Microsoft contributed the development, on a pro bono basis, of an initial proof of concept for the Legal Library, which was jointly presented by Microsoft and UNODC to the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption at its third session in Doha, Qatar. Microsoft also contributed to the architectural design elements of the website. UNODC and Microsoft continue to collaborate in a number of areas in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice.
Users, practitioners, public officials and others with an interest in the TRACK portal are encouraged to submit their comments and observations via the website to the UNODC webmaster at firstname.lastname@example.org