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.