Introducing the Policy Guides
Delta 8.7 aims to help policymakers understand the “effective measures” to end forced labour, modern slavery, human trafficking and child labour that Member States committed to take by 2030 as stated in SDG Target 8.7. Since the platform’s launch in September 2018 we have worked to improve policy actors’ access to reliable data and information about “what works”. This has included the development of country dashboards, a Forum for exchange on recent research and evidence, and introductory Thematic Overviews.
Between now and March 2021 Delta 8.7 will be developing three “Policy Guides”, which will replace these Thematic Overviews. Where the Thematic Overviews aimed to provide policy actors with a simple way into recent evidence and thinking on a specific aspect of SDG 8.7 exploitation or responses to it, the Policy Guides have a slightly more ambitious goal: to provide a snapshot of “what works” to achieve SDG 8.7.
These Policy Guides will be published by the end of March 2021, each seeking to identify the mix of multilateral and national policies needed to accelerate progress towards SDG 8.7 in one of three broad policy domains:
- Justice – including criminal and civil justice, survivor engagement and support, including the role of the health sector;
- Markets – including all aspects of economic, trade and financial policy, including supply chains and development policy;
- Crisis – including conflict, humanitarian and crisis response, as well as migration.
The audience for these guides, is specifically, multilateral and national-level policymakers. We are not seeking to dictate to policymakers how they should organize to achieve Target 8.7—because that requires an understanding of the specific problems in each country, the resources available to tackle them, and other contextual factors. Instead, we are seeking to provide an evidence-based policy resource that is useful across contexts, and to policy actors around the world, including those thinking about multilateral policy frameworks.