With technology advancing at an unprecedented rate, it is inevitably featuring more heavily in NGO prevention and protection programmes.
The objective of the TechHumanity Research Project is to strengthen the evidence base on the use of technology in the prevention of human trafficking, and in enhancing the support to vulnerable peoples, with a particular focus on Asia.
In collaboration with our partner Liberty Asia, IWI is undertaking research into the role of mobile technology in reaching the victims (and the vulnerable) of human trafficking.
With technology advancing at an unprecedented rate, it is inevitably featuring more heavily in NGO prevention and protection programmes. However, there is little to no research out there exploring which technological interventions are actually successful, and which are not.
Mobile phone technology is used in very different ways across the globe, according to a country's history, culture and infrastructure - and there have been a wealth of technology-based programmes aimed at the prevention and support of human trafficking victims with varying success.
What We Are Doing
Through interviews with NGO's, technology firms and human trafficking victims, our study seeks to provide an objective review of the mobile tech interventions across the world and the reasons for their success or failure. We will provide a framework for what does work, and the key considerations to factor in to any technology intervention programme for Human Trafficking.
We believe that technology can and will play an important role in Human Trafficking victim support, and indeed many other human rights issues; our aim is to add insight for NGO's and technology firms to move us closer towards reaching victims who need our support the most.