Our Approach

GFEMS and its partners will work together toward sustainably ending modern slavery by making it economically unprofitable.

 

Our Focus

The Global Fund views modern slavery as a crime of economic opportunity and a violation of human dignity.

Consistent with the Palermo Protocol, we are focused on combating the act of recruiting, harboring, transporting, providing, or obtaining a person for compelled labor or commercial sex acts through the use of force, fraud, or coercion. Our strategy targets the estimated 25 million people affected by forced labor globally, especially through the private sector and sexual exploitation.

How GFEMS Works

The fund will execute six major workstreams:  

  • Increasing resources: Scaling funding and global commitment commensurate with the size of the challenge
  • Engaging governments: Facilitating government ownership of anti-slavery strategies and developing co-funded budgeted action plans
  • Engaging the private sector: Creating market-based solutions to end modern slavery through business engagement
  • Engaging civil society: Ensure effective design and implementation of interventions to end modern slavery
  • Funding transformative programs and technologies: Prioritizing efforts that demonstrate clear impact on prevalence
  • Ensuring robust assessment of impact: Developing and deploying cost-effective measurement of community and industry prevalence reduction and return on investment

Funding Themes

GFEMS’ grantmaking will catalyze reductions in slavery prevalence in communities and industries through three interconnected themes:

  • Effective rule of law will raise the cost of slavery by ending impunity for all forms of trafficking

  • Business investment will create value by eliminating forced labor from supply chains at local, national, and international levels, as well as provide alternatives for vulnerable individuals

  • Sustained freedom for survivors through recovery, reintegration, and economic opportunity

GFEMS’ grant partners will execute programs within and across these intervention areas.

Ensuring Impact, Prioritizing Data

AT THE CORE OF OUR APPROACH IS OVERCOMING ONE OF THE MAJOR BARRIERS TO assessing impact and return on investment: THE LACK OF ROBUST, ACTIONABLE AND INSIGHTFUL DATA.

 

Why Invest in Data?

Collecting prevalence data at an actionable level (for a given community or industry) has historically been highly time consuming and costly. Collecting only qualitative data, or only data measuring activities and outputs (as opposed to outcomes) of programming, does not allow us to know if what we are doing is working and the reasons behind it.

Collecting Data

GFEMS is investing in research and development in data collection as well as analysis. While the Fund will build on existing promising practices, this will be a learning journey that we embark on together with all our grantees and partners. We will be testing and iterating new approaches and methodologies that can deliver results that are faster and more cost-effective than status quo.

Measuring Impact

GFEMS will pursue three major questions to understand impact

  1. To what extent did interventions reduce prevalence in the target community or industry? (Impact = prevalence reduction)
  2. What did we learn about what was effective and not effective to reduce prevalence? (E.g., drivers of vulnerability, prevention factors, drivers of economic profit from exploitation)
  3.  Which strategies and programs yielded the greatest value for money spent? (ROI)
 
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