Since 2014, the Freedom Fund has been working with local partner non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in North India to combat bonded labour and other forms of exploitation, focusing efforts on 700 villages across the states of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.
Using a hotspot model of concentrating resources in communities with high prevalence of bonded labour, often subject to intense socioeconomic deprivation and marginalisation, the Freedom Fund and its partners have provided community-based interventions to achieve the following objectives:
1 Reduce prevalence of these forms of exploitation in the specific communities in which Freedom Fund partners are working through direct prevention, protection, and prosecution interventions.
2 Improve the wider enabling environment for freedom through collective action and improving the effectiveness of government.
3 Increase civil society’s capacity for sustained and effective action on these issues.
4 Contribute new evidence to the global movement through supporting rigorous research and evaluation in the hotspot.