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Free the Slaves


Multi-national, Global  Show on interactive map

Active from:

Oct 2009 to Apr 2014

Implementing organisation(s):

Local NGOs




Free the Slaves


Free the Slaves promotes an holistic approach to eradicate slavery forever. It works to: (i) free slaves around the world by working with grassroots organizations where slavery flourishes, (ii) record and share their stories so people in power can see slavery and be inspired to work for freedom, (iii) enlist businesses to clean slavery out of their product chains and empower consumers to stop buying into slavery, (iv) work with governments to produce effective anti-slavery laws then hold them to their commitments, and (v) research what works and what doesn't so that we use resources strategically and effectively to end slavery.

Objectives of the intervention:

Enable partners to focus on activities related to behavioral change of key actors.

Why was OM chosen?

They decided to use OM after meeting with facilitators and examining online IDRC materials

How was OM used?

Primarily planning and monitoring

What was the experience of using OM?

Many expectations have been met. It has provided consistency between country programmes, and high quality discussions within partners, between partners and between them and implementing organisations. It has ensured we ask the right questions (i.e. some were only recording changes in numbers of people in school etc., others were thinking in terms of systems ; what keeps children out of school). Overall, OM has promoted clear thinking.

OM has allowed the creation of programme descriptions and reporting for some (more flexible) funders that are true to what we are about and coherent with what the funder wanted. For example, some family foundation funders accepted these proposals and reports in OM format.

With others, such as the UN Trust Fund for Violence Against Women, increasingly using OM, we are on a better platform to think in terms of behavioural change.

On the other hand, problems include: language skills of partners; persistent thinking in terms of numbers rather than behavioural change; country Directors were key trainers but they are not necessarily as skilled as trainers as other professional OM trainers; lack of experience or willingness of some partners to devote time to planning and taking ownership of a project/to learning about planning using OM.

Some are used to being given projects, not having to work iteratively, at length, on the planning. Many funders want quick results - the 'social entrepreneur approach' - with new tools / technologies fixing problems. In general, this doesn't work for human rights.



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