Ashshash – for men and women who have escaped trafficking

Projet terminé

Human trafficking deprives millions of their dignity and freedom. It is estimated that thousands are trafficked every year in Bangladesh. Switzerland has an interest that international migration is regular, secure, and respects human dignity and the rights of migrants. The project will support men and women who have escaped trafficking to reintegrate into society, raise awareness on the perils of irregular migration and improve public and private capacities to deliver services to the victims of trafficking. The intervention is beneficial for Switzerland’s political dialogue on safe, orderly and regular migration at the global level.

Pays/région Thème Période Budget
Formation professionelle

Déplacements forcés (réfugiés, PDI, traite des êtres humains)
Formation professionnelle
Migration en général (développement et partenariats)
01.09.2015 - 31.07.2023
CHF  5’985’000
Contexte While no numbers or percentages can be assigned, media suggests that the numbers of men, women and children who are trafficked from Bangladesh, is on the rise. Additionally, in Bangladesh, the high profits coupled with low penalties for the crime has made trafficking attractive to criminal gangs and large-scale organized crime rackets. Factors that have contributed to increased trafficking are: high supply of low-skilled labour, lack of prosecution of traffickers, lack of information on safe migration and no protection of those who have escaped trafficking (leading to re-trafficking). The promotion of a stable, economically and socially inclusive Bangladesh is in the interest of Switzerland with a view to peace, security and prosperity in the densely populated region of South Asia. Winrock International has been selected as implementer of the project since it has long standing experience and proven track record in policy influencing.
Objectifs Women and men who have escaped trafficking restore their dignity and well-being and become self-sufficient.
Groupes cibles

The project will reach out to at least 300’000 men and women in their communities to inform them about trafficking and its consequences. In addition, the proposed intervention is expected to have an impact on 5’000 men and women who have escaped trafficking in Khulna, Satkhira, Chattogram, Cox’s Bazaar and Cumilla. 

Out of the 5’000 men and women who will directly receive support from the project, at least 90% (4’500 men and women) are poor and 60% (3’000 men and women) disadvantaged. Among the 5’000 beneficiaries, at least 70% (3’500) are women. Within the disadvantaged groups, there will be a particular focus on women, and people from ethnic or religious minorities.

Effets à moyen terme
  • Men and women who have escaped trafficking improve their social and economic well-being by using services for reintegration.
  • Institutions are made more accountable and effective in providing services beneficial to men and women who have escaped trafficking.

Principaux résultats attendus:  

  • At least 300,000 men and women (in trafficking-prone areas) are aware about trafficking and irregular migration
  • At least 3’500 women (and their families) who have escaped trafficking are counselled psychosocially
  • 5,000 men and women who have escaped trafficking graduate from technical/entreprenuerial trainings
  • At least 2,000 men and women who have escaped trafficking receive health support and 200 receive legal compensation
  • Institutions (public/private) provide support to men and women who have escaped trafficking
  • Public/private institutions (serving people who escaped trafficking) receive training for psychosocial counselling (on-the-job only) and/or legal support
  • Public/private sector further develop and use the referral system to provide comprehensive victim support

Principaux résultats antérieurs:  

The opening credit was utilized for an action research and the key results and lessons learnt were:

  • Proper beneficiary selection of those who have escaped trafficking is crucial.
  • Private sector engagement strategy has to be further explored in the main phase.
  • Coordination between the different implementation partners and projects needs further harmonization.
  • 50% of the men and women earned a minimum of USD 50/month
  • 60 beneficiaries were provided psychosocial counselling. 90% of them could deal with adverse situations better than before.

Direction/office fédéral responsable DDC
Crédit Coopération au développement
Partenaire de projet Partenaire contractuel
  • Organisation internationale des migrations
  • Other international or foreign NGO North

Coordination avec d'autres projets et acteurs B-SkillFUL (SDC), BCTIP (Winrock/USAID), SEIP (ADB and SDC), EALG (SDC/DANIDA/UNDP)
Budget Phase en cours Budget de la Suisse CHF    5’985’000 Budget suisse déjà attribué CHF    5’588’333
Phases du projet Phase 99 01.04.2023 - 31.03.2027   (Phase en cours)

Phase 1 01.09.2015 - 31.07.2023   (Completed)