Alliance 8.7 Knowledge Platform

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    Otilia Enica

    This 2-year project aims to rapidly accelerate and scale up the global scientific knowledge- and evidence base on modern slavery risk and vulnerability factors, and on factors in the effectiveness of prevention and response interventions – and also aims to facilitate global uptake of the resulting insights by policy-makers, and business and other practitioners.

    This project will create an Alliance 8.7 Knowledge Platform, generating two main outcomes: first, the creation of an Alliance 8.7 Knowledge Hub, designed as a global public good; and second, leveraging that Hub to generate research, policy and practice impact. As a project carried out by a United Nations entity, in close collaboration with other stakeholders, the Platform will also contribute directly to improve global co-ordination.

    The project takes its name from Target 8.7 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which includes a commitment by all countries to end modern slavery, human trafficking, forced labour and child labour by 2030. That will only be possible with a rapid acceleration, scaling up and take up of evidence about what works (Objective 6 of the Modern Slavery Innovation Fund), deepened knowledge about vulnerabilities to and risks of modern slavery (Objective 1), and international coordination amongst those both developing and using that knowledge, from both the public and private sectors (Objectives 3, 4 and 5). The Alliance 8.7 Knowledge Platform has the endorsement of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), support from a wide range of relevant academic and data organizations, and will operate in close cooperation with Alliance 8.7 partners.