Projects awarded a share of £4 million from the Modern Slavery Innovation Fund

Phase 2 of the Modern Slavery Innovation Fund has seen £4 million UK aid funding awarded to international anti-slavery projects.

Projects to protect vulnerable girls from trafficking in Ethiopia and improve care standards for victims of modern slavery in Nepal are among those receiving part of a £4 million funding boost from the Home Office.

The Modern Slavery Innovation Fund (MSIF), which supports international projects to trial innovative ways of stopping modern slavery, has awarded up to £800,000 each to projects across the world.

The funding marks the second phase of the fund and will run until 2021. The first phase of the fund totalled £6 million and supported 10 projects between Spring 2017 and March 2019.

The first 6 projects in Phase 2 which have been chosen for funding are:

o Anti-Slavery International – to improve the working conditions of migrants working in Mauritius
United Nations University – to develop an online platform to gather global data to support modern slavery policy development;
o Stronger Together – to run workshops to raise awareness of modern slavery in South Africa;
o The Freedom Fund – will work in India and Nepal to enhance victim care of frontline workers;
o Retrak – provides support and education to vulnerable girls in Ethiopia who have been victims of, or are at risk of, child sexual exploitation or domestic servitude; and 
o Ethical Trading Initiative – will help inform workers in Malaysia about their rights and provide access to remedy where they have suffered abuse.

Schemes supported in Phase 1 included:

o Projects to raise awareness of trafficking, which reached more than 21,000 across Nigeria and the Philippines and 16,000 in Vietnam; and
o A project to support more than 200 girls who experienced or were at risk of exploitation received health and educational support in Ethiopia.

Further information about the Fund is available on the Home Office website.