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Alliance 8.7
Description/achievement of initiative

Alliance 8.7 is a global partnership fostering multi-stakeholder collaboration to support governments in achieving target 8.7 of Agenda 2030. It promotes 1) accelerated action to eradicate forced labour, modern slavery, human trafficking and child labour; 2) research, data collection and knowledge sharing on prevalence and “what works”; and 3) driving innovation and leveraging resources. The Alliance works globally through four thematic Action Groups, a Communication Group and supports the national efforts of an initial group of 15 pathfinder countries that have committed to accelerate action, organize national multi-stakeholder consultations and set up respective time-bound action plans with measurable targets.

Implementation methodologies

Alliance 8.7 builds on multi-stakeholder commitment and collaborative responsibility for resource mobilization efforts. As described above, implementation is principally based on coordinated national activities in pathfinder countries and global support through Action Groups. While Pathfinder countries are ultimately responsible for implementing the national action plans they develop in coordination with other Alliance 8.7 Partners and stakeholders, . four thematic Action Groups support these efforts in different areas of implementation: 1) Humanitarian Settings and Conflict; 2) Supply Chains; 3) Migration and 4) Rule of Law and Governance. Since the launch of the partnership in September 2016, the Global Coordinating Group has adopted Terms of Reference for the Alliance and a Pathfinder Country Guidance note. The Secretariat of the Alliance is responsible for building and maintaining the coordination efforts within the partnership and for supporting Pathfinder Countries in their efforts The Secretariat has also developed a guidance tool on how to organize, prepare and conduct a Pathfinder Country Strategic Planning Workshop including lessons learned from the first few workshops. The Secretariat is currently working on an extended guidance tool covering also the next steps to be taken after the first national Alliance 8.7 workshop has taken place. The Communications Group has developed a communications toolkit for partners to help raise awareness and an online engagement platform to allow for direct contacts with other partners, exchange of experience and good practice, coordination of initiatives and learning from implementation.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

One of the main objectives of Alliance 8.7 is to strengthen the knowledge base and the capacity of governments and other stakeholders to accelerate and coordinate action and implement policies and programmes that are conducive to the eradication of forced labour, modern slavery, human trafficking and child labour. Capacity building takes place through webinars, dissemination of good practice tools, fostering of an online community of practice, resource mobilization and advocating for higher national budget allocations to achieve target 8.7. The Alliance also works with National Statistical Institutes and Research Centres to strengthen their capacity of data collection, analysis and dissemination. Alliance 8.7 has started to analyse the role and potential of technology to prevent forced labour, modern slavery, human trafficking and child labour and to hold perpetrators of human rights violations accountable. The Alliance is looking into blockchain technology, satellite technology (area mapping), data and communication technology and the use of technology for financial flow analysis, in order to facilitate the identification of victims and perpetrators of human rights violations related to target 8.7. The UN University, as a key knowledge partner, has started a “Code 8.7” initiative to explore the potential and bring different partners together for a first exchange on opportunities. More information can be found on https://delta87.org

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure

The Alliance works through a Global Coordinating Group, a Secretariat, Action Groups and Pathfinder Countries. The Global Coordinating Group (GCG) is composed of representatives of all stakeholder groups, with a strong role for governments. It has a rotating Chair (Australia Nov.2017- July 2019, France since July 2019) and a Deputy Chair (Argentina since Nov.2017). The GCG meets three times a year to set goals, assess progress and provide guidance for membership and implementation. The current Secretariat of Alliance 8.7 is the International Labour Organisation based in Geneva. The Secretariat prepares and coordinates the GCG meetings and other Alliance 8.7 events with the Chair, supports the Action Groups, backstops national pathfinder workshops, develops guidance tools, continuously updates the Alliance 8.7 website and informs all partners through an online mailing platform on news and upcoming events. The thematic Action Groups are (co-)chaired by UN entities. They 1) coordinate initiatives and programmes, 2) identify and close knowledge gaps, 3) support implementation in pathfinder countries and 4) mobilize or leverage resources. The Pathfinder countries organize national consultation and strategy workshops to define priorities, set up time-bound action plans with measurable results and identify/allocate budgetary resources for their implementation, The work of the Alliance is supported by a Communication Group that is responsible for the content of the website and the overall internal and external communication and engagement strategy. The website provides options for engagement in Action Groups, informs about recent and upcoming events, hosts a periodical newsletter and features information on pathfinder countries. The Alliance is also building an online community of practitioners (under construction on “Slack” platform). On this platform, partners are able to share and comment on documents, communicate with peers and access a directory of other partners. Concurrently, the UN University has developed a “Delta 8.7 Knowledge Platform for Alliance 8.7” that helps decision-makers understand and use data responsibly to inform policies that contribute to achieving Target 8.7. It brings together and explains the most useful data, evidence, research and news, and analyses cutting-edge data. The Alliance Secretariat is currently working on the theory of change, comprising a logical framework that will allow to monitor progress and identify implementation gaps globally (process and results indicators). On the national level, pathfinder countries are expected to develop similar measurement frameworks for the national action plans, in coordination with all partners and national statistical institutions.


Alliance 8.7 has currently 15 “pathfinder countries” and works with over 200 Partner Organisations, amongst them governmental institutions, business networks, workers’ and employers’ organizations, civil society organizations, faith-based organizations, other UN entities (IOM, UNICEF, OHCHR, UNHCR, UNODC, UNWomen, FAO), other international organizations (OECD, OSCE, ICMPD), the UN University and other research institutions. Please see full list here: https://www.alliance87.org/partners/
Progress reports
Goal 4
4.1 - By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and effective learning outcomes
4.4 - By 2030, substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship
Goal 5
5.2 - Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation
5.3 - Eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation
Goal 8
8.7 - Take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour, including recruitment and use of child soldiers, and by 2025 end child labour in all its forms
8.8 - Protect labour rights and promote safe and secure working environments for all workers, including migrant workers, in particular women migrants, and those in precarious employment
Goal 16
16.2 - End abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children
Goal 17
17.3 - Mobilize additional financial resources for developing countries from multiple sources
17.16 - Enhance the global partnership for sustainable development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources, to support the achievement of the sustainable development goals in all countries, in particular developing countries
17.17 - Encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships

Data, monitoring and accountability
17.18 - By 2020, enhance capacity-building support to developing countries, including for least developed countries and small island developing States, to increase significantly the availability of high-quality, timely and reliable data disaggregated by income, gender, age, race, ethnicity, migratory status, disability, geographic location and other characteristics relevant in national contexts
17.19 - By 2030, build on existing initiatives to develop measurements of progress on sustainable development that complement gross domestic product, and support statistical capacity-building in developing countries
December 2025
Successful implementation of national action plans developed during and following on from Pathfinder Country Strategic Planning workshops held in the 15 Pathfinder Countries
December 2025
To have at least 8 new pathfinder countries on board per year up to 2025 with at least 10 national organisations (in each country) from those pathfinder countries signing up as Alliance 8.7 Partners
December 2025
To reach 700 partner organisations, and 6 Action Groups by 2025
December 2030
Eradication of child labour by 2025 and eradication of forced labour/human trafficking by 2030 in pathfinder countries
Staff / Technical expertise
All partners of Alliance 8.7 are investing staff time have contributed to the successful Pathfinder Country Strategic workshops, Action Group workshops and knowledge sharing through the online engagement platform
Staff / Technical expertise
Regular budget (ILO core funding). Alliance 8.7 Secretariat is funded primarily through the ILO’s regular budget (staff costs, communications costs, logistics, and publications)

Basic information
Time-frame: September/2016 - 2030
Alliance 8.7 has currently 15 “pathfinder countries” and works with over 200 Partner Organisations, amongst them governmental institutions, business networks, workers’ and employers’ organizations, civil society organizations, faith-based organizations, other UN entities (IOM, UNICEF, OHCHR, UNHCR, UNODC, UNWomen, FAO), other international organizations (OECD, OSCE, ICMPD), the UN University and other research institutions. Please see full list here: https://www.alliance87.org/partners/
Contact information
Thomas Wissing, Head of the Advocacy and Partnerships Unit, Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work Branch, wissing@ilo.org
United Nations