How the projects are being implemented

The project will be implemented through three specific components: coordination, access to services and CSO capacity building. With regard to coordination National Societies will endeavour to support and maintain continuous dialogue with public authorities and other stakeholders, in relations to the development of human-rights based and migrant-centred labour and anti-trafficking policies. Efforts will be made to ensure exchange of good practices and networking between relevant stakeholders active in promoting the human rights of migrants.

CSOs play a critical role in providing support and protection to migrants, either directly, through health and legal services, or by advocating with public authorities for the protection of migrants’ rights and appropriate policy development.  Many CSOs are also involved in protection and assistance of trafficked persons, as well as in the processes for their return and reintegration in the community of origin, often complementing and integrating national protection and referral mechanisms.

The role of CSOs in promoting and protecting human rights of migrants and fighting human trafficking and forced labour is crucial. However, resources and capacity of these organizations are often limited and their size and structure often prevent them from accessing global funding. To address some of these barriers, this project aims to identify and establish strategic partnerships between CSOs and governments at central and local levels. The engagement of CSOs can complement the support provided by the state, critically, as the can often reach vulnerable migrants and victims of human trafficking more effectively. They also sometimes act as intermediaries between official authorities (police or judicial) of country of origin and destination countries, or enable and ease their international cooperation.

These actions will also enable National Societies to proffer expertise in enhancing technical and management capacities of CSOs to implement migration-related projects in their specific areas of activity, enhance capacities to perform activities related to prevention, projection and assistance of migrants and advocacy for policy change. 

Informed by a migrants-centred approach the project is expected to achieve the following:

  • Improved coordination among key stakeholders in relation to the development of human rights-based and migrant-centred labour and anti-trafficking policies and enhance evidence-base for cohesive migrants-centred actions. 
  • Small-scale CSO projects will enhance migrants’ access to social services within targeted countries – namely through direct social assistance and protection, in particular for migrant domestic workers and victims of trafficking and the promotion of human-rights based migration, labour and anti-trafficking policies and legislation.
  • Enhanced capacity building on the part of partnering CSOs – with particular focus on activities relating to prevention, protection and assistance of migrants as well as in the areas of advocacy in relation to policy change. Efforts will also aim to increase harmonization and coherence of approaches.  

Project supported by the European Union

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