Anti-Corruption Anti-Trafficking NGO Capacity Building Project

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Anti-Corruption Anti-Trafficking NGO Capacity Building Project

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Position in the Human Trafficking Mosaic of Solutions

Corruption and Inadequate Government Policy


Creating Value-Driven Communities

Although the response to trafficking by local NGOs has been steadily rising, most local NGOs operate autonomously or within loosely formed national


Corruption and trafficking are, by definition, an erosion of or attack on the equality of citizens before the law and therefore constitute not only a security issue, but a material violation of human rights as well. This understanding of the problem is imbedded in the constitutive premise and principles of ACTA, and is shared by a variety of experts and international organizations. ACTA, through its member NGOs, is one of the pioneers in this approach, and the distinction is important because bringing corruption and trafficking into the realm of human rights makes data more accessible to civil society organizations and empowers their role in monitoring the rights of victims (i.e. provides legal access to receive specific case information under Freedom of Access to Information laws). By bringing the ?problem of trafficking and corruption? into the field of human rights governments shall have financial responsibility toward victims which will, by itself, make them ?more interested? in resolving the problem and acting properly toward victims. By combining corruption and trafficking issues, acts of governmental agencies shall be more visible and therefore make actors that work in this field more responsible in performing their duties.


The overall impact of ACTA will be evidenced through its ability to coordinate national and regional efforts and provide valuable information to regional and international bodies, while also advocating for needed reforms. Through better coordination of national and international efforts aimed at cataloguing, triaging, resolving (through case monitoring, prosecution and legal reform) and eradicating trafficking and corruption, the target group (i.e. victims) will ultimately benefit through protection, just case settlement and prosecution and reduction in the number of victims overall. Though case statistics may rise in the early stages (due to better and more accurate reporting), results should improve over time, as government and nongovernmental agencies implement more effective laws and programs in response to needs identified through improved data. The technical management capacity of ACTA and its member NGOs will be improved through sharing of programmatic expertise and consolidation of product. Each member will also improve operational knowledge and institutional development and sustainability strategies. One key outcome of the project will be to advocate for and monitor changes in laws, policies, procedures and practices of state administrative and prosecutorial bodies in order to better delineate the status and rights of victims within the law and to synchronize regional efforts to reduce/eliminate trafficking and corruption across borders.

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Beneficiary NGOs in the region will benefit programmatically through education in best practices and consistent standards and through better professional profile and access to national and international bodies. Institutionally, they will benefit through direct training and application of organizational development strategies aimed at building internal capacity, diversifying funding streams and creating a mechanism for self-assessment, project design and implementation and contingency planning. This will enhance their ability to implement and sustain their programs. ACTA will create a regional hub of two-way communications, thereby assisting its members and partners, governmental bodies (National Coordination Teams for Fighting Trafficking and National Anti-Corruption Working Groups) and the international community. These entities will benefit from improved data collection and input from the field and through the benefit of a consolidated voice to advocate for national and regional reforms.


The project is specifically designed to facilitate replication through trainings-for-trainers (and manuals and materials development) and subsequent multiplier trainings and mentoring of local NGOs. Programmatic training manuals and materials will provide detailed instructions on to implement case data collection, tracking, monitoring, pattern-mapping and demographics in order to unify both practices and outputs (statistics, etc.). The long-term goal of the project is to replicate and synchronize reporting of anti-trafficking/anti-corruption NGOs so that statistical data and shadow reports will be thorough and will rely on consistent input and reporting procedures, thus serving regional and international needs for reliable and uniform statistics and information. Since these procedures will be based upon the needs and statistic- collection framework specified by the Stability Pact Anti- Trafficking Task Force through its National Action Teams, wide scale replication will likely be driven by (or required by) these same international bodies. By building a cadre of regional trainers, equipped with local language training manuals and materials, (e.g. on Victim Assistance, Education in Schools, Public Awareness, Advocacy and Institutional Development topics), training of additional NGOs will also be easy to replicate.


The ultimate goal of this project is to design a sustainable structure for regional anti-trafficking/anti- corruption initiatives in order to provide data, issue identification and recommendations concerning needed policy, administrative, legislative, judicial and prosecutorial reform. By linking this project to existing power structures within national, regional and international anti-trafficking/anti-corruption channels, ACTA can ensure access and input at the policy level. International donor organizations in the region have shown interest in funding ACTA?s initial development over a two- to-three year. Since many countries in the region are slated for EU accession, the European Commission?s strategy includes support for the development of civil society in the region for an estimated three years. The protection of human rights is a necessary element of democratic and economic development, and therefore public (government) and possibly private (regional business and trade) support is likely to replace international funding over time. Project outcomes, including enhanced programmatic and organizational development capabilities, should be self- sustaining without additional financing. Joint partner activities can be carried forward through virtual network structures developed during the grant period. Ad hoc regional coordination meetings can be financed through ongoing programmatic funding or through minimal discreet fundraising for that purpose.

Organization Size:

Partnership for Social Development (acting as Organization Applicant for ACTA) has 3 full time and 3 part time employees as well as 17 volunteers. ACTA, being body of regional NGO has over 70 employee