Funding Principles


The Global Fund to End Modern Slavery's grantmaking seeks to mobilize an effective and coherent global response to modern slavery across its portfolio of partners. We are looking for adaptive partners to support the Fund's Theory of Change, and will evaluate proposals against these core criteria.


The Challenge


Framework for Action


Funding Themes



Although human trafficking sits at the intersection of many global trends – such as migration, security, organized crime and global business operations – anti-slavery programs rarely tackle the problem with an integrated approach at the macro level. While many outstanding efforts are underway, they are often constrained by minimal funding and limited coordination and collaboration between on-the-ground implementers across multiple sectors. Corruption, discrimination, and entrenched societal norms often play a role in preventing positive change. In addition, limited and inconsistent data collection becomes a barrier to informing and implementing strategies that effectively leverage resources and sustainably disrupt modern slavery. 


GFEMS responds to these constraints by forging public-private partnerships that mobilize a coherent global strategy to eradicate modern slavery. The Fund is executing six major workstreams:  


  • Increasing resources commensurate with the scale and complexity of the challenge, and elevating global commitment to address the issue

  • Engaging government to facilitate ownership of anti-slavery strategies and co-funded budgeted actions plans in a country/sector, and creating mechanisms for regional and global collaboration

  • Engaging private sector to help create market-based solutions, including targeted public-private partnerships (PPPs), that increase the impact and sustainability of anti-trafficking programming

  • Engaging civil society to ensure effective design and implementation of interventions to end modern slavery

  • Funding transformative programs and technologies within our 3 funding themes to test, demonstrate, and begin scaling high-impact approache

  • Ensuring robust assessment of impact by deploying cost effective approaches to identify and measure prevalence reduction, return on investment, and drivers of vulnerability

GFEMS will leverage strategic partnerships across public and private sectors towards this work.


The Fund’s grantmaking will catalyze reductions in slavery prevalence in communities and industries in three interconnected areas designed to work holistically to cut off slavery:

  • Effective rule of law ending impunity and delivering justice for all forms of trafficking through effective laws/policies, criminal proceedings, and civil remedies

  • Business engagement creating value by eliminating forced labor from supply chains at local, national, and international levels, and partnering with communities to eliminate sex trafficking

  • Sustained freedom ensuring recovery, reintegration, and economic opportunity for victims and the most vulnerable populations

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


In achieving the outputs and outcomes above, GFEMS and its partners will sustainably end modern slavery by making it economically unprofitable. Given our commitment to evidence-based impact, the Fund will work to ensure robust measurement of prevalence reduction across our efforts.