Working with communities
This ILO project - with its roots in IPEC, the International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour - has championed the rights of children and youth to actively participate in the fight against trafficking.
In 2004 and 2007, with a series of other partners, the project brought children together from trafficking-prone communities across the GMS to discuss and formulate recommendations to improve policies and actions against trafficking.
The Mekong Youth Forum was a huge success. In December 2007, after listening to the young people and discussing the issues, the Governments of the GMS formally pledged to engage people from vulnerable groups - including children - from that day forward in their policy plans and actions. For more on the youth forum, its processes and outcomes, visit the dedicated site: www.mekongyouthforum.com
But the project has also worked at community level in a variety of other ways. From village banking to vocational training and anti-trafficking awareness-raising, the project and its partners in Government, Workers' and Employers' Organizations and NGOs have made an impact.
We've developed a series of tools and proven practices that show why working at community level is a critical component in the fight against trafficking