Towards Greater Accountability: Participatory monitoring of anti-trafficking initiatives


Duration: January - October 2015 

Location: Asia, Europe, the Americas  

Beneficiaries: Trafficked persons, NGOs service providers 

What is this project about?

In 2013-2014, the GAATW-IS coordinated the research project 'Doing Better' with Member Organisations in order to increase the accountability of NGO service providers by ensuring that assistance programmes are informed by the insights and analysis of trafficked persons.

The objectives of the project were to:

  • Initiate a participatory research that will allow service providers to 'listen' to the post-trafficking experiences and insights of trafficked persons and review their own work in the light of that; and
  • Carry out advocacy based on the research findings at appropriate venues with a view to bringing about positive change in current practices.

To achieve these objectives, from September 2013 to April 2014 17 GAATW Member Organisations providing direct assistance across the Americas, Europe and Asia conducted qualitative research with 121 women, men and girls who have lived through trafficking. The organisations conducted semi-structured interviews to find out about their experiences of assistance interventions and the recovery process after trafficking. The organisations decided how they would incorporate the learning from the research into their own work and what advocacy they would do at the regional or national level. Upon completion of the research, partners met and discussed the findings and held a panel at the International Members' Congress in September 2014.

What are we going to do? 

  • Evaluate the research project;
  • Conduct follow-up national- and/or regional-level actions in Nepal, Indonesia, Germany, the Netherlands and Macedonia;
  • Complete the Latin America regional report and translate the executive summary;
  • Complete the IS report/focus sheets;
  • Discuss next steps with the members. 

Project partners (Members): 

Asia: Foundation for Women, LRC-Semarang, Shakti Samuha, Solidaritas Perempuan, WOREC;

Europe: Ban-Ying, Fair Work, FIZ, LEFÖ, Open Gate;

Latin America: AMUMRA, Brigada Callejera, CHS-Peru, Espacio de Mujeres, Fundacion Esperanza-Colombia, Fundacion Esperanza-Ecuador, Fundacion Renacer.

Funding Support: Oak Foundation and Bread for the World

Find out more: Video 'Doing Better' - GAATW's research with people who have been trafficked