Swathi Balasubramanian is a senior program officer at IREX in Washington, D.C. and oversees the U.S. Department of State-funded Justice and Dignity for the Middle East and North Africa Initiative — a rapid response mechanism designed to address immediate, rights-focused needs in the region. Swathi helped build the capacity of the BOTA Foundation based in Kazakhstan and currently supports IREX’s work in promoting the use recovered assets for development. She has been working in the democracy, governance, and media division since 2007 and chairs IREX’s conflict community of practice.
With so much attention paid to preventing corruption, the issue of what to do with stolen money once it is recovered often goes overlooked. IREX's Swathi Balasubramanian and Colby Pacheco share how funds can be used to help those who often suffer most due to corruption in this guest column.