New Research Provides Insights into Development Aid Addressing Target 8.7


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    UNU-CPR RESEARCHERS: Dr James Cockayne, Dr Kelly Gleason

    A new report issued today sheds light on Official Development Assistance (ODA) aimed at taking effective measures to eradicate forced labour, modern slavery, human trafficking and child labour. Thirty countries together committed more than USD 4 billion in development aid to address modern slavery, forced labour, human trafficking and child labour between 2000 and 2013.

    The report, Official Development Assistance and SDG Target 8.7: Measuring Aid to Address Forced Labour, Modern Slavery, Human Trafficking and Child Labour, offers the most detailed and robust analysis available about countries’ development spending commitments to achieve Target 8.7 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. With Target 8.7, 193 countries pledged their commitment to take effective measures to eradicate forced labour, modern slavery and human trafficking by 2030 and child labour by 2025.

    This report, authored by Dr Kelly A Gleason and Dr James Cockayne, is the first research product of Delta 8.7, a global online knowledge platform that will be launched on 24 September 2018 on the week of the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly.

    Key findings include:

    • Between 2000-2013, more than USD 4 billion in ODA was spent to address Target 8.7.
    • The average annual amount of total ODA spent on Target 8.7 issues increased significantly from around USD 119 million in 2000 to around USD 430 million in 2013.
    • Spending varies significantly between types of Target 8.7 exploitation (as seen in the figure below).