GLO.ACT facilitates workshop on human trafficking and migrant smuggling data collection tools

Niamey, Niger 18 November 2020 – UNODC, under the framework of the Global Action to address Trafficking in Persons and the Smuggling of Migrants (GLO.ACT-Niger), works on supporting the Government of Niger in the design and implementation of a national data collection and monitoring system on Trafficking in Persons (TIP) and Smuggling of Migrants (SOM). To consolidate the integrated approach to data collection, monitoring and sharing and test the data collection tools validated in Dosso in August 2020, the GLO.ACT team organized jointly with the National Agency for the Fight against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants (ANLTP/TIM) a workshop with national and civil society actors from 11 to 12 November 2020 in Niamey.

The objectives of the workshop were the following:

  • Strengthen collaboration among data providers who have already committed to the process through the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on data collection and sharing;
  • Establish new partnerships with other national institutions and civil society organizations, including the Ministry for the Protection of Women and Protection of Children and the National Guard;
  • Carry out a first test of the data collection tools validated in Dosso through real case studies.

The opening ceremony of the activity was presided over by ANLTP/TIM’s Director General who congratulated UNODC for its continued support to the ANLTP/TIM in the fight against Trafficking in Persons (TIP) and the Smuggling of Migrants (SOM). He also encouraged participants to continue to join their efforts for the effective implementation of the centralized data collection and monitoring system on TIP and SOM in Niger, which require the commitment of all actors involved.

On the first day, ANLTP/TIM and the GLO.ACT team retraced all the steps of the processes which led to the holding of this workshop, notably the assessment of the capacities of data providers, the national consultation workshop in Dosso, the elaboration and signature of the MoU, etc. On the second day, data providers worked on several real case studies and learnt how to identify data and information and compile the data collection tools.

ANLTP/TIM and GLO.ACT were delighted with the positive engagement of all relevant stakeholders and their interest to collaborate in the development and implementation of the national data collection, monitoring and reporting system. Looking ahead, the GLO.ACT team is planning to organize several training sessions for data providers and continue to support the engagement of new partners in the process. A first real data collection exercise is planned for mid-January 2021.

The Global Action against Trafficking in Persons and the Smuggling of Migrants – Niger (GLO.ACT-Niger) is a two-year (2019 - 2021), € 500.000 joint initiative by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MFA) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). An earlier phase of this project (2015-2019) was supported by the European Union.

The project builds on a global community of practice set in motion in GLO.ACT 2015-2019 and assists the Government of Niger in targeted, innovative and demand-driven interventions: sustaining effective strategy and policy development, strengthening the criminal justice response, and regional and trans-regional cooperation.

This project is funded by the Government of Italy.