Forced labour

From Protocol to Practice: A Bridge to Global Action on Forced Labour (The Bridge Project) Nepal

The project aims to strengthen the capacity of the relevant Ministries and stakeholders, to develop, implement and monitor policies and national action plans on forced labour, provide capacity building to improve law enforcement, and support for public awareness campaigns to address all forms of forced labour.

The 4-year project funded by the U.S. Department of Labor will be implemented  in three priority countries; Nepal, Mauritania and Peru and aims to harness and build on the momentum that led to the adoption of the ILO Protocol and Recommendation and to foster an understanding of effective implementation at both their global and national levels.

In Nepal, there is a need for prevention measures, livelihoods support and legal services for victims of bonded labour.

Project objectives

The objective is to effectively eliminate traditional and state-imposed forced labour systems and to significantly reduce contemporary forms of forced labour, which are often linked to human trafficking.   The project aims to put follow-up strategy into practice through the four inter-related outcomes:

1.       strengthen the capacity of line Ministries to develop, Implement and monitor policies and national action plans on forced labour;

2.       support for public awareness campaigns against all kinds of forced labour, particularly in bonded labour;

3.       enhance capacity building to improve law enforcement to better identify and document all cases of forced labour;

4.       establish partnerships with the government and local organizations to improve livelihoods programmes/services to victims of bonded abour.

 

Partners

Ministry of Land Reform and Management, Ministry of Labour and Employment, Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare, Department of Foreign Employment, Rastriya Mukta Haliya Samaj Federation, workers’ and employers’ organizations and local development actors.

 

Target beneficiaries

Government, workers’ and employers’ organizations, families of bonded labour and local development actors.