Re/integration of trafficked persons

Re/integration of trafficked persons

Re/integration of trafficked persons

Re/integration refers to the process of recovery involving economic and social inclusion following a trafficking experience. This inclusion is multifaceted and must take place in social, cultural and economic arenas. Given the complexity of the re/integration process, it is particularly important that efforts are made to monitor and evaluate programmes in order to assess whether re/integration has been achieved as well as how to more effectively work toward re/integration of trafficked persons. The dearth of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) information on anti-trafficking assistance in general and re/integration work more specifically constitutes a significant gap in efforts to combat trafficking in persons. Unless re/integration programmes are monitored and evaluated on a regular and on-going basis, service providers, policy makers and donors are without the information needed to design, adjust and implement effective programmes and policies.

This paper explores issues related to the M&E of anti-trafficking re/ integration programmes and, as such, aims to contribute to the body of knowledge on this subject. It is the third in a series of issue-based papers focusing on the re/integration of trafficked persons, developed in the context of the King Baudouin Foundation (KBF) Trafficking Victims Re/ integration Programmes (TVRP) in South-eastern Europe (SEE).

Overall, M&E should enhance the conceptual and practical knowledge of re/integration organisations in ways that improve programmes and service delivery. This paper discusses on the one hand, how monitoring should take place within re/integration programmes, including the identification of indicators and development of systems to collect, analyse and mobilise information in on-going work. On the other hand, the paper explores various aspects of evaluation work, including different types of evaluations and different approaches in undertaking evaluations of re/ integration programmes.

Equally important is the role of programme beneficiaries in planning, monitoring and evaluating re/integration efforts. Beneficiary participation ensures that programmes and policies are created according to their needs, interests and opinions. It also potentially facilitates the empowerment of beneficiaries and forms part of a process of accountability on the part of anti-trafficking organisations and institutions – to beneficiaries, donors, governments and civil society. Systems of intervention and assistance which are designed, implemented and adjusted in a participatory manner are more effective, efficient and appropriate for beneficiary needs and interests.

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