The International Labour Organization (ILO) is launching the Digital Information Systems for collaborative work to end child labour, forced labour and human trafficking.
The fight against child labour, forced labour, modern slavery and human trafficking includes a wide array of stakeholders including different government institutions, such as Ministries of Labour, Education, Social Development, Statistics Offices, protection and prevention programmes, workers’ and employers’ organizations, civil society organizations, among others. Effective responses to end these human rights violations require a great deal of coordination between all these stakeholders.
What are pathfinder countries looking for that could be addressed through digital solutions?
- Have access to real time data on child labour, forced labour and human trafficking cases even in areas with limited connectivity.
- Reduce the amount of time between the identification of child labour, forced labour and human trafficking cases and the referral to protection systems or programmes.
- Promote coordination and information sharing between national and subnational stakeholders
- Information systems/frameworks that allow the involvement of multiple actors and provide means to make different information systems complementary and compatible.
- Cross-border information sharing to tackle human trafficking.
- In countries that are close to eradicating child labour, digitalised case management with cross reference to relevant stakeholders to allow identification and early prevention of children at risk of exploitation
- Some countries have set themselves the challenge to integrate all topics under SDG Target 8.7, including child labour, forced labour and human trafficking under one single framework: this involves an even wider array of stakeholders and systems to coordinate.
- Relevant and real time data that allows for improving the design and therefore effectiveness of public policy.
- Information management systems/frameworks that reinforce identification and prevention by triggering alerts for areas at higher risk, thus facilitating decision making and the prioritization of resources.
- Present evidence on ‘what works or what does not’, in terms of monitoring the impact of national and local government policy intervention on fighting against child labour, forced labour, and human trafficking;
- Monitor and assess the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on child labour, forced labour, or human trafficking;
- Leverage the role of technology and AI in combatting child labour, forced labour, and human trafficking (e.g. monitoring and measurement).
Financial Support: USD 30,000 to develop and implement the proposed solution. One winning digital innovation proposal will be chosen to receive additional support from the from Research to Action Project to implement their project of up to USD 20,000 if it includes a compelling plan for innovative financing or shows the greatest potential for scaling up to other national contexts, through innovation financing mechanisms.
- Alliance 8.7 welcomes applications from its partners and from any individual or any formally constituted and registered organization/company. By organizations, they mean government agencies, NGOs and civil society organizations, public and private enterprises, regional and sectoral bodies and research organizations, cooperatives, education and training institutions including universities.
- The idea to be submitted can be a joint collaborative effort by several stakeholders of those: in such cases, a project leader should be identified to coordinate with the ILO as the Secretariat of Alliance 8.7.
- Applicants are expected to include, among their team members or organization, individuals who have knowledge of and experience in the different areas necessary to implement the proposal.
- Ideas and solutions at any stage of development are welcome. These can be innovations at an early stage or at a more advanced stage.
- Solutions can come from any country in the world;they should, however, target pathfinder countries. These can focus on a single country solution or have a regional/subregional approach.
- NGOs and civil society organizations, private enterprises, research organizations, cooperatives, education and training institutions including universities participating to the global challenge are eligible and encouraged to include a proposal for innovative financing mechanisms.
- The Alliance 8.7 reserves the right to carry out reasonable due diligence, including through the contacting of references and other third parties to confirm eligibility of participants and may refuse to award the grant to a participant should there be a suspicion of any irregularities, fraudulent activities, etc.
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