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The Slavery Research Bulletin: Issue 31, March 2018

March 15, 2018

Welcome to the Slavery Research Bulletin, the Freedom Fund’s monthly brief designed to bring you new & compelling research from the global anti-slavery movement. Subscribe to our bulletin here.

What works? A review of anti-slavery interventions

It is widely accepted that evaluations are vital to understanding the effectiveness of projects aimed to prevent modern slavery. This paper from the Walk Free Foundation takes stock of findings across 179 evaluations to map the sectors where evaluations have been conducted and identify gaps in the evidence.

Financing strategies to end abusive labour practices

Poor workplace health and safety standards cost an estimated 4 percent of global gross domestic product each year. A new report by Boundless Impact Investing describes “labour lens investing”, an approach for combatting labour exploitation by using investors’ leverage through supply chains.

The role of data in addressing seafood industry abuses

Almost a third of the world’s global fish stocks are degraded from overfishing and serious human rights abuses aboard fishing vessels have been widely documented. Despite new satellite and data technologies, the seafood industry has failed to develop a single, effective global monitoring tool. Analysis by ODI reviews the five leading data initiatives and compares their strengths and weaknesses.

The link between child work and schooling

The Young Lives study follows 12,000 children in Ethiopia, India, Peru and Vietnam over 15 years. Its latest report examines the interaction between child work and school attendance. Teenagers in the sample were spending an average of three hours a day working and this is linked to a decrease in the number of hours devoted to school.

An end to child labour in Uzbekistan’s cotton harvest

Following three years of monitoring, the International Labour Organization has concluded that the systematic use of child labour in Uzbekistan’s cotton harvest has come to an end. However, a telephone poll across 800 randomly selected workers found that 13 percent of them were recruited involuntarily and some recruiters continue to request fees from workers.

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And finally

Watch this video to learn how the Freedom Fund’s hotspot model is empowering frontline organisations to end modern slavery.

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