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Slavery: Developing Countries

Volume 502: debated on Monday 14 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to counter modern slavery in developing countries. (305733)

The Department for International Development (DFID) supports long-term programmes to help tackle poverty and social exclusion, which are some of the underlying causes of slavery and forced labour.

DFID has contributed £19.85 million to the work of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to tackle forced labour issues.

DFID is also currently supporting two Anti-Slavery International (ASI) projects that address modern day slavery. In West Africa (Niger, Mali, Chad and Mauritania) DFID is providing £447,870 to support a five-year project that is addressing Descent Based Slavery. Over a five-year period (April 2008 to March 2013) DFID is also providing £1,435,049 to ASI to support its work in Tanzania, India, the Philippines, Togo, Peru and Costa Rica in tackling slavery and child labour.