For the past three years, Verité’s Forced Labor Indicators Project (FLIP) has worked with government, private sector, trade union, and civil society stakeholders to advance the ILO Forced Labor Indicators approach in Ghana to understand and address forced labor risk. By developing educational resources on forced labor, offering trainings on forced labor, consulting on the integration of forced labor indicators into monitoring systems, and conducting a Training of Trainers for labor inspectors, FLIP is contributing to the development of a common framework on forced labor indicators in Ghana.
Based on the success of the FLIP Ghana model, the project is expanding activities into Côte d’Ivoire where project staff will similarly work to build stakeholder capacity to use the ILO indicators. Over the next 18 months, FLIP activities in Côte d’Ivoire will complement the project’s original objective by strengthening a common framework for understanding and addressing forced labor risks in both Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire. While FLIP activities in Ghana have generally focused on the cocoa, oil palm, and gold sectors, activities in Côte d’Ivoire will concentrate on the cocoa and coffee sectors.
The FLIP team is particularly excited about establishing a Technical Working Group (TWG) in Côte d’Ivoire. The Côte d’Ivoire TWG will be a counterpart to the Ghana TWG, which has been instrumental in the project’s success to date. As FLIP activities continue in both countries, it is envisioned that the TWGs will serve as a platform for working under a common understanding of the forced labor indicators based on international standards.
FLIP programming in Côte d’Ivoire will be led by Mr. Amourlaye Toure. Mr. Toure comes to Verité with an impressive background having worked on challenging and complex human rights issues for 20 years in a variety of African countries, including Côte d’Ivoire, his home country, Burkina Faso, Niger, Togo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, and Burundi. He has worked to promote democracy and electoral justice, increase transparency in the extractive industry, reduce interethnic violence, and enhance civil society’s ability to engage with government. He is a founding member of the Ivorian Human Rights Movement (MIDH) and most recently has focused on reducing deforestation and increasing traceability and sustainability in the Ivorian cocoa sector.
By expanding project activities into Côte d’Ivoire, FLIP will contribute to advancing the ILO indicator approach amongst a wider network of diverse stakeholders united by a common framework for understanding and addressing forced labor risks.
For more information, including on ways FLIP can work with your institution, contact Lisa Cox at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Funding is provided by the United States Department of Labor under cooperative agreement number IL‐31474. 100 percent of the total costs of the project or program is financed with federal funds, for a total of 3,490,318 dollars. This material does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the United States Department of Labor, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the United States Government.