Interventions to combat modern slavery

This report details findings from evaluations of a range of interventions to combat modern slavery

Abstract

This helpdesk report addresses this question:

  • What evidence is there, from academic or other sources, about effective and ineffective interventions to combat modern slavery?

This report details findings from evaluations of a range of interventions to combat modern slavery. While there are 3 broad areas of efforts to tackle modern slavery – prevention, protection and prosecution – the main focus to date has been on prevention and, to a lesser extent, protection; prosecution has received far less attention.

The literature indicates that interventions have generally proven to have limited effectiveness. Various evaluations highlight the need for information campaigns to target specific groups and advocate action rather than simply raising awareness. They also call for protection measures to be targeted, and linked to interventions in health, education, social protection and livelihoods. A number of evaluations suggest that legislation banning trafficking, child labour, etc. can be counterproductive: more stress should be put on improving labour and working conditions.

K4D helpdesk reports provide summaries of current research, evidence and lessons learned. This report was commissioned by the UK Department for International Development

Citation

Idris, I. (2017). Interventions to combat modern slavery. K4D Helpdesk Report. Brighton, UK: Institute of Development Studies.

Interventions to combat modern slavery

Published 1 December 2017