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India: Report finds community-based interventions addressing systemic causes of bonded labour reduces its prevalence in villages

"Unlocking what works: How community-based interventions are ending bonded labour in India", September 2019

Over the past five years, the Freedom Fund has been trialling two major programs to eradicate bonded labour in northern and southern India...

...the Freedom Fund has invested...in over 40 frontline Indian NGOs, who have been working together as part of the..."hotspot model" to address the systemic causes of bonded labour and trafficking. Recent evaluations have demonstrated the transformative change achieved by these programs, with steep declines in the prevalence of bonded labour across both target areas...

...the Freedom Fund has supported NGOs to conduct a range of interventions at the community level, while also engaging with government, business and other powerholders to tackle the underlying systems that allow exploitation to persist...

 ...Between 2015 and 2018, the prevalence of households in bonded labour fell, on average, from 56% to 11% in...1,100 target villages across the northern and southern India hotspot programs...

...The proportion of households in our target areas with a child in bonded labour dropped from 13% to 1% in southern India and from 12% to 3% in northern India...