The Antislavery Knowledge Network: Community-Led Strategies for Creative and Heritage-Based Interventions in Sub-Saharan Africa

Lead Research Organisation: University of Liverpool
Department Name: Politics

Abstract

The Antislavery Knowledge Network offers the first extended effort to address slavery as a core development challenge in sub-Saharan Africa via innovative approaches from the arts and humanities that deliver community-engaged antislavery work. Focusing on the idea of "activated community memory," we champion the innovative use of heritage as a resource for social change. The network aims to demonstrate that participatory arts-based strategies, rooted in heritage, can empower Global South communities to play a central role in tackling contemporary slavery.

The Global Slavery Index estimates that there are 46 million slaves worldwide today. The UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) include the target of ending slavery by 2030 and African states have recognised slavery as a key challenge to their economic and social development. An estimated 6.2 million people are enslaved in sub-Saharan Africa and slavery's ongoing presence impacts negatively on many SDG targets for Africa, include those relating to health, education, equality, decent work, and sustainable communities. This is a region experiencing rapid change, where demands for enhanced infrastructure stretch political and economic resources; rapid population growth and urbanisation threaten heritage; and unplanned development fails to address persistent patterns of poverty and deprivation that are strongly gendered. But development and antislavery policies aimed at African states have too often ignored the complex historical backdrop of slavery in the region and failed to foster community antislavery strategies that draw on heritage and memory. Slavery and antislavery interventions sit at an intersection of politically sensitive issues around history, sovereignty, citizenship, religion, mobility, and economic governance. As the Chief of UNESCO's History and Memory for Dialogue Section put it in 2015, the historical slave trade's "tenacious poison... paved the way for new forms of slavery that continue to affect millions."

Humanities-based research can provide innovative ways to navigate and address these intersecting issues through a focus on historical power dynamics and marginalised voices, and by partnering with artists, arts organisations and museums to invigorate development. Our community-based, regional focus harnesses this power of the arts and humanities to provide an alternative to the top-down focus of international legal agreements, trade and diplomacy, and intergovernmental initiatives. We build on "asset-based" and participatory approaches to development that recognize the transformative potential of existing cultural resources and heritage, and the value of co-designed and co-delivered work. We therefore move beyond the dominant paradigm of externally-designed interventions based on international rankings or standardised methods. Our approach tries to advance SDG target 8.7 (ending slavery) by strengthening antislavery strategies that re-set the relationship between development initiatives and local communities.

We will launch the network with an initial programme of three pilots in African countries shaped by historical slavery that are also sites of contemporary enslavement: Ghana, Sierra Leone and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. All three pilots will develop models for what works in different national and local contexts, via different methods of in-country partner collaboration. They will therefore lay the groundwork for a structured commissioning phase inviting new projects, of varying sizes and around three themes, that develop our core interest in establishing the value of the arts and humanities to challenging slavery. The commissioned projects will continue pioneering new participatory approaches to knowledge partnership that use arts and humanities methods. Together, the pilot and commissioned projects connect the long history of slavery, antislavery's unfinished work, and the symbols of heritage to current antislavery challenges.

Planned Impact

It would be hard to overstate the benefits of reducing vulnerability to enslavement. Our network will help some of the world's most at-risk people, with tools for communities that build antislavery resilience via arts-based engagement. As we move towards the Sustainable Development Goal of ending slavery by 2030, we hope to measure a broad four-fold impact. Firstly, there will be a greater sharing of arts and humanities-based techniques in the field of antislavery and development. We aim to unify a fragmented field. By joining together our research expertise and our partners' strategic frontline efforts, we can provide the platforms and methods for civil society organisations to deliver evidence-based arts-based programming that builds upon other organisations' past experiments and efforts. This will lead, secondly, to increased efficiency in the design and accomplishment of arts-based interventions, leading to better results in building antislavery resilience. In turn, these results will begin to answer the question of how to bring successful techniques to scale (as at present the work of prevention, liberation and reintegration reaches a very small fraction of the world's enslaved population). Third, as we foster a unified understanding of effective antislavery techniques, this will institute a virtuous cycle and enable economic growth. Most the world's slaves are in developing countries, and this enslavement supports countries' impoverishment through a vicious cycle of exploitation, low productivity, and profits flowing to criminals. Fourth, this antislavery development - and demonstrated success in community-engaged projects - will lead to increased resource for new projects, since many potential funders are waiting for a demonstration of effectiveness and the ability to scale.

Our key impact stakeholders in this process are:

* Civil society. We partner with local arts, heritage, education and antislavery organisations in sub-Saharan Africa, as well as major international NGOs who work in the region. We aim to shift the politics of antislavery campaigning towards a community-led approach by showing that the process of recovering and recontextualising marginalised heritage can fuel antislavery resilience.

* Policy makers. Rhetorical commitments to antislavery in our focus countries have not improved their implementation of international norms. Although slavery inhibits socio-economic development, increases human suffering, lowers quality of life and denies basic human rights, the issue remains under-resourced by ODA spending. Our evidence-base will show the value of arts and humanities-based community projects for contributing to the achievement of key SDG targets (including 8.7).

* The heritage and education sector. The network will encourage the prioritization of community-engaged and rights-aware heritage interpretation and management, by using lessons from slavery's history to tackle modern slavery. For UK-based heritage communities, our network will also advance exhibition content about the legacies of our colonial and trading history.

Working with these stakeholder groups as our partners, we hope to evidence key specific impacts by the end of the project, including:

1. New arts and humanities projects focused on achieving key SDG targets that draw from our methods, theories and examples.

2. Increased research capabilities for arts and humanities contributions to development studies.

3. An advancement in the debate over whether cultural activities are important to development work.

4. A shift on the part of our NGO and policy partners towards factoring in creative and cultural programmes to their work.

5. A shift on the part of our antislavery NGO partners to integrating ideas, suggestions and solutions from enslaved people themselves.

6. Enhanced institutional memory in the third sector.

7. Changes in the way that development agencies think about impact.
 
Title "I am free from the conflict, but I do not feel free" experiences of child soldiers in northern Uganda 
Description 16 panel comic which featured direct quotes from former child soldiers. Developed by commissioned project led by YOLRED and Jassi Sandhar. 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact This comic has garnered much interest from local, regional, national and international audiences and has led to many meetings with various stakeholders and policy makers (including UN). 
URL https://www.bristol.ac.uk/law/news/2019/child-soldiers.html
 
Title 'Seaside Communities' and 'Kid Miners' 
Description Two short films produced by 'We Own TV', an arts collective based in Freetown, Sierra Leone. 'Seaside Communities' a short film of approximately 13 minutes, explored the hitherto unsold story of child exploitation and forced labour in fishing communities in Sierra Leone; 'Kid Miners' a six-minute short, deals with child exploitation in gold mining in Sierra Leone. These films are the outputs of a pilot project AKN funded in Sierra Leone, working in collaboration with 'We Own TV'. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact The two films were launched in Hull in November 2018. Plans are underway to screen them in Sieera Leone at a number of different locations, using a kind of travelling screen and generator. The films will form the basis of local discussions about slavery and trafficking, all of which will be filmed and used for further outreach work in Sierra Leone. 
 
Title 'Slavery' rap song by Sage Soldat 
Description One rap song entitled 'slavery' was composed for LESLAN's closing event, a public concert at the University's central square, by the Nigerien musician Yacouba Ibrahim Oumarou, member of LESLAN's Exhibition Team and an established rapper under the art name 'Sage Soldat'. Song was made available to listen on Youtube 
Type Of Art Performance (Music, Dance, Drama, etc) 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact Sage held a concert against slavery at the main auditorium in the Square AB of the University Abdou Moumouni of Niamey on 23 December. At the concert, Sage launched his new rap composed in the context of LESLAN. We think of Sage's song against slavery as an hymn of the project, which will outlive the project and continue calling for the end of slavery and reminding those who are faced with its legacies in their daily life, in Niger, that they can and should 'stand up for their rights'. 
URL https://leslan.org/un-concert-contre-lesclavage-a-concert-against-slavery/
 
Title 13 Artworks for the LESLAN Art Prize 
Description 13 pieces were shortlisted by LESLAN for consideration by the international jury of the LESLAN Art Prize. They were all created by Nigerien artists to address specifically the theme of slavery in Africa, and were exhibited in LESLAN's exhibition. 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact No known impacts 
URL https://leslan.org/prix/
 
Title AKN Podcast series 1: Creative Paths to Freedom? 
Description 8 Podcasts with some of phase 2 in-country PI's and Co-Is. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2020 
Impact 126 downloads of 8 podcasts 
URL https://aknetwork.podbean.com
 
Title Antislavery Knowledge Network 
Description Film of the AKN phase 2 projects - uses footage produced by both AKN and project partners. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75J-AtBnYmk&t=27s 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2020 
Impact Gives exposure to projects in an accessible format 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75J-AtBnYmk&t=27s
 
Title City Hearts - Performances 
Description Creative performance depicting representations of slavery, produced by partners in Ghana and performed by young participants in to the programme. 
Type Of Art Performance (Music, Dance, Drama, etc) 
Year Produced 2020 
Impact Participation in these performances have helped the children and families of participants involved in the programme increase knowledge and understanding of the subject of historical and modern slavery in Ghana. 
 
Title City Hearts: Community art pieces on canvas 
Description Project participants used mixed media such as collage and paint to produce 2 large pieces of artwork. 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact Increased knowledge and understanding of the participants and increase in knowledge of technical skills used to create outputs. 
 
Title Education Pack 
Description Educational set of lesson plans to follow which creates a guidance pack for others 
Type Of Art Creative Writing 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact None currently - as only just made available in early 2021. 
URL https://cityheartsafrica.org/education-pack/
 
Title Esclavage Contemporain en Afrique 
Description Web Documentary 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2020 
Impact Held an event which showcased this output in 2020. 
URL https://bouillagui.soas.ac.uk/#SCREEN_1
 
Title Exhibition: 
Description Exhibition to present research and findings as part of the Ghana pilot project. 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact The exhibition will form a part of an undergraduate module at the Department of Archaology and Heritage at the University of Ghana, Legon. The exhibition will travel to Cape Coast and be located in Elmina from March 2019. A strategy will measure impact in public spaces through feedback forms. 
 
Title Fighting Injustice: The Role of the Arts and Humanities in Sierra Leone 
Description Interview with Brima Sheriff, ex-Human Rights Commissioner in Sierra Leone. Short film/extract taken from longer interview conducted in 2018. Produced by Lansana Mansaray for 'We Own TV', Freetown, Sierra Leone. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact 100+ views on YouTube channel to date. 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Is5bjc5RgA4&feature=youtu.be
 
Title Hidden Histories a Walking Tour of Jamestown, Accra, Ghana 
Description This is a film of a walking tour of the important locations within Jamestown, Accra and Ussher Fort. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact No known impact 
 
Title LESLAN: Legacies and survivals of slavery in Niger 
Description (Photos, extracts from interviews, objects, crafts, artworks) was open to the public for two months in November and December 2019. All the exhibition material is still available to Timidria, for possible travel and/or replication of all or part of the exhibition. 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact No known impacts. 
URL https://leslan.org/musee-virtuel-leslan/
 
Title Slavery and Human Rights in Sierra Leone 
Description Interview with Brima Sheriff, ex-Human Rights Commissioner in Sierra Leone. Excerpt from longer interview filmed in 2018. Produced by Lansana Mansaray for 'We Own TV', Freetown, Sierra Leone. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact 100+ views on you Tube. 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oia8-h-j3iY&feature=youtu.be
 
Title Survivor Voices - Stories by Survivors of Modern Slavery in Kenya 
Description A compilation of first hand stories from survivors of modern slavery in Kenya 
Type Of Art Creative Writing 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact Created with World Reader and accessible to people for free on their online platform. 
 
Title The AKN Exhibition 
Description An exhibition by the Antislavery Knowledge Network showcasing work by our partners in Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Uganda. This is the culmination of Phase 3 of the AKN award, which synthesises and analyses key themes, learnings and findings from our commissioned projects. 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2022 
Impact The Exhibition will be used by our partners to highlight key themes, learnings and findings from the work of the AKN. 
URL https://aknexhibition.org
 
Title VIOMEREN - Curriculum Guide 'We are VIOMEREN' 
Description Curriculum guide created for school age children 
Type Of Art Creative Writing 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact Being integrated into local school education curriculum through a relationship with the Nigerian Ministry of Education. 
URL https://sites.google.com/samuelioronfoundation.org/viomeren-akn0028/resource-shop
 
Title VIOMEREN - Mural 
Description Mural representing Human Trafficking in Nigeria 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2020 
Impact Local community sees mural. Ver Ikeseh is the art facilitator for the VIOMEREN project and with the stories and experiences shared designed the murals to support sensitization on human trafficking, and modern slavery. 
URL https://sites.google.com/samuelioronfoundation.org/viomeren-akn0028/murals?authuser=0
 
Title Visualising Liberte - Bouillagui 
Description Short animated film depicting the history of descent-based slavery in Mali. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2020 
Impact None 
 
Title Visualising Liberte - Comic Book 
Description Comic book co created with locals in Bouillagui. 
Type Of Art Creative Writing 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact None so far 
 
Description The Antislavery Knowledge Network was established to explore the value of creative, arts and heritage-based approaches in addressing modern slavery as a sustainable development challenge in Sub-Saharan Africa. Each project has looked at a unique way of combining such approaches with communities in different contexts, and in order to meet the needs of communities that have experienced, or are vulnerable, to various forms of exploitation. For example, where there is an important history and heritage around historic forms of slavery, or where legacies of slavery and there is continuing oppression of marginalised communities, we have shown how new research and partnerships with civil society can create an opportunity for discussion of contemporary challenges through education, new knowledge, and communication on modern slavery, i.e. via museums, exhibitions, and events and public engagement. Other examples include co-development of tools and guidance with survivor groups and members of communities that have experienced forms of modern slavery to develop greater resilience and leadership along with new techniques from the creative arts to engage with survivors and improve support. Together, our work provides a rich and diverse range of interventions in the modern slavery field that are co-developed, context-sensitive, and can be built upon evidence of what works for communities depending on their particular experiences and needs.
Exploitation Route The projects funded through the AKN have developed a range of resources that are available for others to use. The outputs of all our projects have been designed to maximise impact and to be usable for community groups and policymakers to develop community-led approaches to modern slavery that have social justice at their core, and provide a roadmap for participatory and inclusive approaches to modern slavery moving forward - in Africa and elsewhere. For example, an education pack co-developed with children in Accra is available for schools to use, and there are plans to expand the project with applications for further funding. Another project, led by a team of architects and development consultations developed guidance for the construction of safe houses that was co-created with survivors of trafficking in Uganda, and it is hoped that this will be used in future constructions of safe houses in similar contexts.
Sectors Communities and Social Services/Policy,Creative Economy,Education,Government, Democracy and Justice,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections

URL https://aknexhibition.org
 
Description The AKN developed a commissioning programme leading to 14 innovative, community-engaged projects across 8 countries in Africa involving 32 partners (including community enterprises, universities, faith-based organisations and charities) and 18 different disciplines (e.g. politics, history, heritage, archaeology, film-making, communication studies, drama and architecture). All these partnerships responded to the call to develop new collaborations with community groups to deliver arts-based projects. According to reports from these projects by November 2020 they had directly reached a minimum of 2,000 beneficiaries. Each of our projects are are impact-driven and have led, among other things, to capacity development of local researchers and activists, large national-level events and the production of artworks designed to empower those affected by modern slavery, shift public opinion, raise awareness, and improve services to the most vulnerable, with projects co-developed and co-led by survivor groups. Example 1: A project run by former child soldiers said that the AKN project has had clear benefits and had been "very effective in creating community cohesion and allowing former child soldiers and also the community members to come together and interact and to learn and know better each other... I want to, to say a very, very big thank you to AKN because it's almost impossible to find people being interested in the work former child soldiers are doing, and often they are left out" Example 2: LESLAN (Héritages de l'esclavage au Niger - Legacies of Slavery in Niger) is a partnership with Timidria, a human rights NGO dedicated to the eradication of slavery in Niger. This project contributed to addressing a specific aspect of Niger's development challenges, namely, the national fight against contemporary slavery and the marginalisation of the descendants of enslaved people. This partnership was acknowledged by engagement and public statements on national news by the Minister of Justice, the Minister of Education, Support of Human Rights Office and Office of Presidency. Example 3: Build X, an architectural firm based in Nairobi which operates as a social enterprise carried out research on the role of design in healing spaces for human trafficking survivors and created a framework to be implemented across East Africa.
First Year Of Impact 2020
Sector Communities and Social Services/Policy,Creative Economy,Education,Government, Democracy and Justice,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections
Impact Types Cultural,Societal,Policy & public services

 
Description Influencing the UK's approach to modern slavery and international development
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
 
Description Modern Slavery PEC Director of Research oral evidence cited in the IDC sub committee's report
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
Impact Evidence contributed to ICAI's recommendations
URL https://committees.parliament.uk/publications/7735/documents/80648/default/
 
Description Oral evidence to International Development Sub-Committee on the work of the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI)
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
Impact Influenced policymaking
URL https://committees.parliament.uk/committee/347/international-development-subcommittee-on-the-work-of...
 
Description Submission to the Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office as part of their call for evidence on their international development strategy
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL https://modernslaverypec.org/resources/fcdo-call-evidence
 
Description Gerda Henkel Foundation
Amount € 90,000 (EUR)
Organisation Gerda Henkel Foundation 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country Germany
Start 05/2020 
 
Description UKCDR - Safeguarding Consultation
Amount £61,600 (GBP)
Organisation Wellcome Trust 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2019 
End 02/2020
 
Description UKRI SPF Funding: Modern Slavery and Human Rights Policy and Evidence Centre
Amount £10,000,000 (GBP)
Organisation UK Government Investments 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2019 
End 08/2024
 
Title Congo photo and artwork database 
Description Large archive of Congo photographs plus new community produced art by local partners in response to the historical photographs 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Education and awareness among Congolese community members 
 
Title The Antislavery Community Knowledge Database (ACKD) 
Description The Antislavery Community Knowledge Database (ACKD) will be a collection of arts-based projects globally that have tackled contemporary slavery over the last 10 years. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact No known impact 
URL https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/politics/research/research-projects/akn/database/akn-search/
 
Title VOICES: Narratives by Survivors of Modern Slavery 
Description This is the world's largest archive of modern slavery survivor narratives. Across more than a million words spoken or written by survivors of modern slavery, we can see why slavery persists in particular hotspots, analyse patterns in trafficking routes, identify vulnerabilities, understand more about the challenges survivors face in liberation, and discover new antislavery solutions. The database is searchable by country, name, theme, and narrative date. Narratives can be viewed in list or map form. A short introduction provides context to each narrative. Narrative provenance appears after the main narrative text. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact These narratives offer the chance to systematically design new antislavery strategies based on the experiences, ideas and solutions of enslaved people themselves. The database has been used by policy-makers in the UK and beyond to better understand the causes of slavery, and to design interventions. 
URL http://www.antislavery.ac.uk/narratives
 
Description Anglican Development Services 
Organisation Anglican Development Services
Country Kenya 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution We act as the funding body for this organisation to conduct a research project. We have held group meetings between all the Network plus organisations in order to build relationships transnationally.
Collaborator Contribution This study seeks to identify major human trafficking hotspots and analyse the characteristics of these hotspots to inform local policy formulation. The study also seeks to trace the major human trafficking routes in Kenya.
Impact Workshops with local traffickers and survivors. This collaboration is multidisciplinary as it works with faith based organisations and researchers and University academics.
Start Year 2018
 
Description DRC pilot project for the Antislavery Knowledge Network 
Organisation Yolé! Africa
Country Congo, the Democratic Republic of the 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Working with partners in DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo) - Yole!Africa - to work with photographic materials. The project included training of individuals in skills and techniques around arts and photography.
Collaborator Contribution Our partner Yole!Africa delivered the project
Impact The skill-based training with Congolese participants in the Nottingham-DRC Phase 1 project included an exhibition in Lubumbashi and the showing of a full-length film exploring perspectives on history memory and identity in the DRC at the CIFF 2018
Start Year 2017
 
Description De Montfort University - Phase 2 N+ Sub award grant recipient 
Organisation De Montfort University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We are funding Chibuzo Ejiogu and his partners on their project the VIOMEREN.
Collaborator Contribution Producing a wide range of creative arts, poetry and painting relating to slavery in Nigeria.
Impact Outputs are still being collated and will be reported in full with the project is complete.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Ghana pilot project for the Antislavery Knowledge Network 
Organisation Government of Ghana
Department Ghana Museums and Monuments Board
Country Ghana 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Mapping Slavery Heritage, Community Engagement and Development in Ghana: Co-development of aims and objectives of research as part of the project team; input into the design of research project, methods for data collection; participation in launch workshop.
Collaborator Contribution The University of Ghana is the lead partner in this project and has led the development of aims and objectives of research, design of research project, and methods for data collection. A launch of the project including a workshop with other academics from University of Ghana was held on 19th February. The Ghana Museums and Monuments Board has played an active role in discussions around the project, identifying the aims and objectives of the research, and helping to identify key routes for future impact.
Impact The project began with the Network + award (The Antislavery Knowledge Network: Community-Led Strategies for Creative and Heritage-Based Interventions in Sub-Saharan Africa) in October 2017, however there has been a delay in commencing fieldwork due to the need to conclude legal agreements with partners. There have therefore not been any outputs or outcomes from the research during the current reporting period. The collaboration is multi-disciplinary, involving participants from Archaeology, Heritage Studies and Politics (Policy Studies).
Start Year 2017
 
Description Ghana pilot project for the Antislavery Knowledge Network 
Organisation University of Ghana
Country Ghana 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Mapping Slavery Heritage, Community Engagement and Development in Ghana: Co-development of aims and objectives of research as part of the project team; input into the design of research project, methods for data collection; participation in launch workshop.
Collaborator Contribution The University of Ghana is the lead partner in this project and has led the development of aims and objectives of research, design of research project, and methods for data collection. A launch of the project including a workshop with other academics from University of Ghana was held on 19th February. The Ghana Museums and Monuments Board has played an active role in discussions around the project, identifying the aims and objectives of the research, and helping to identify key routes for future impact.
Impact The project began with the Network + award (The Antislavery Knowledge Network: Community-Led Strategies for Creative and Heritage-Based Interventions in Sub-Saharan Africa) in October 2017, however there has been a delay in commencing fieldwork due to the need to conclude legal agreements with partners. There have therefore not been any outputs or outcomes from the research during the current reporting period. The collaboration is multi-disciplinary, involving participants from Archaeology, Heritage Studies and Politics (Policy Studies).
Start Year 2017
 
Description Jamestown Community Theatre 
Organisation Jamestown Community Theatre
Country United States 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Worked with Nii Kwartelai Quartey on the safeguarding research to produce a case study. We provided funding for the research and dissemination outlets through events.
Collaborator Contribution Nii contributed the research towards the cases study
Impact AKN film and a safeguarding event.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Network Plus Project Administrators 
Organisation School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The team has met quarterly over 2019/20 to discuss the development of a troubleshooting/toolkit for managing GCRF projects with a commissioning element. Helen Bryant has contributed with her experience in running commissioning programmes from pre-ward to post-award.
Collaborator Contribution The other team members bring their experieces in running similar programmes, stakeholder engagement. In the case of University of Nottingham they have provided travel funding for us to attend the meetings as well as the facilities to hold them. Isobel Templar from University of Nottingham has also been the lead in developing the website after our consultations on content.
Impact This collaboration is between the Network Plus managers and has resulted in a website. The content of this website was the result of a few consultative meetings which involved collaborations between multiple disciplines, professional services, Politics, Archaeology, Arts, History.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Network Plus Project Administrators 
Organisation University College London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The team has met quarterly over 2019/20 to discuss the development of a troubleshooting/toolkit for managing GCRF projects with a commissioning element. Helen Bryant has contributed with her experience in running commissioning programmes from pre-ward to post-award.
Collaborator Contribution The other team members bring their experieces in running similar programmes, stakeholder engagement. In the case of University of Nottingham they have provided travel funding for us to attend the meetings as well as the facilities to hold them. Isobel Templar from University of Nottingham has also been the lead in developing the website after our consultations on content.
Impact This collaboration is between the Network Plus managers and has resulted in a website. The content of this website was the result of a few consultative meetings which involved collaborations between multiple disciplines, professional services, Politics, Archaeology, Arts, History.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Network Plus Project Administrators 
Organisation University of Leeds
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The team has met quarterly over 2019/20 to discuss the development of a troubleshooting/toolkit for managing GCRF projects with a commissioning element. Helen Bryant has contributed with her experience in running commissioning programmes from pre-ward to post-award.
Collaborator Contribution The other team members bring their experieces in running similar programmes, stakeholder engagement. In the case of University of Nottingham they have provided travel funding for us to attend the meetings as well as the facilities to hold them. Isobel Templar from University of Nottingham has also been the lead in developing the website after our consultations on content.
Impact This collaboration is between the Network Plus managers and has resulted in a website. The content of this website was the result of a few consultative meetings which involved collaborations between multiple disciplines, professional services, Politics, Archaeology, Arts, History.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Network Plus Project Administrators 
Organisation University of Nottingham
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The team has met quarterly over 2019/20 to discuss the development of a troubleshooting/toolkit for managing GCRF projects with a commissioning element. Helen Bryant has contributed with her experience in running commissioning programmes from pre-ward to post-award.
Collaborator Contribution The other team members bring their experieces in running similar programmes, stakeholder engagement. In the case of University of Nottingham they have provided travel funding for us to attend the meetings as well as the facilities to hold them. Isobel Templar from University of Nottingham has also been the lead in developing the website after our consultations on content.
Impact This collaboration is between the Network Plus managers and has resulted in a website. The content of this website was the result of a few consultative meetings which involved collaborations between multiple disciplines, professional services, Politics, Archaeology, Arts, History.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Phase 2 - The Rights Lab 
Organisation University of Nottingham
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We have provided funding to Helen McCabe of the Rights lab to work in partnership with HAART Kenya and the World Reader.
Collaborator Contribution Input in to the wider aims of the AKN.
Impact Still working on the outputs which will be reported next year.
Start Year 2019
 
Description SOAS - Phase 2 N+ sub award grant recipient 
Organisation School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We act as the funding body for this organisation to conduct a research project. We have held group meetings between all the Network plus organisations in order to build relationships transnationally.
Collaborator Contribution Capitalise on historical resistance against slavery in Kayes (Mali), To raise awareness about human rights, citizenship and social justice among young generations about the importance of fighting against all forms of discrimination and exploitation, including modern slavery. This project will be co-creates with Milian villagers, including school children, a graphic novel, an animation, a website and a mobile app, on the history of their village, Bouillagui, which was founded by formally enslaved communities following a rebellion against former slave masters in the Kayes region, Mali in the 1910s.
Impact There so far have been 3 workshops which have resulted in the development of a storyboard which will be produced in to a graphic novel. This collaboration is multidisciplinary as we are working with UK universities, local activist NGOs, and artists.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Sierra Leone Pilot Project for the Antislavery Knowledge Network 
Organisation British Council
Department British Council in Sierra Leone
Country Sierra Leone 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Co-design of research project examining the potential for approaches from the arts and humanities to tackle contemporary forms of slavery
Collaborator Contribution Co-design of research project examining the potential for approaches from the arts and humanities to tackle contemporary forms of slavery
Impact A number of small projects have commenced as part of this collaboration
Start Year 2017
 
Description Sierra Leone Pilot Project for the Antislavery Knowledge Network 
Organisation Monuments and Relics Commission
Country Sierra Leone 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Co-design of research project examining the potential for approaches from the arts and humanities to tackle contemporary forms of slavery
Collaborator Contribution Co-design of research project examining the potential for approaches from the arts and humanities to tackle contemporary forms of slavery
Impact A number of small projects have commenced as part of this collaboration
Start Year 2017
 
Description The Republic 
Organisation Republic Knowledge Company
Country Nigeria 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution We provided the funding and co-edited submissions.
Collaborator Contribution The journal ran an open call for submissions, project managed, and produced the journal.
Impact the output was the production of a co-produced international journal/magazine showcasing pieces on modern slavery.
Start Year 2020
 
Description UWS - Phase 2 N+ sub award grant recipient 
Organisation University of the West of Scotland
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We act as the funding body for this organisation to conduct a research project. We have held group meetings between all the Network plus organisations in order to build relationships transnationally.
Collaborator Contribution This project interrogates the continuing legacy of slavery in James Town and its representation on a local and national stage. Working with the James town community, James town walking tours and the Ussher Fort, the project aims to involve local artists and residents to create a performance and filmed walking tour of James town that will engage the community in considering the continuing legacy of slavery in James Town.
Impact Using stories extracted from interviews with local people in Jamestown the team there has developed a theatre performance. They have also successfully developed a walking tour of the community which brings tourists and interested locals to sites of historical slavery while explaining the legacy that has had on the current community and the networks of slavery that still exist in the community today. This partnership is multidisciplinary as it is between performance arts and history.
Start Year 2018
 
Description University of Birmingham - Phase 2 N= sub award grant recipient 
Organisation University of Birmingham
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We act as the funding body for this organisation to conduct a research project. We have held group meetings between all the Network plus organisations in order to build relationships transnationally.
Collaborator Contribution To conduct research with a local activist organisation which intension is to change the way in which slavery and slave ownership are imagined, to end stigma directed against descendants, and to start an unprecedented public dialogue about slavery in Niger. Will develop an exhibition which will foreground the contributions enslaved persons have made to the country's history.
Impact The outputs have included an exhibition held in Niger, a conference, the funding of 5 research assistants - 1 whom was offered a PhD studentship in Germany.
Start Year 2018
 
Description University of Brighton - Phase 2 N+ Sub Award grant recipient 
Organisation University of Brighton
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We act as the funding body for this organisation to conduct a research project. We have held group meetings between all the Network plus organisations in order to build relationships transnationally.
Collaborator Contribution Using community radio to engage in a dialogue & debate with the Migori people around issues of child labour and marriage.
Impact A series of workshops
Start Year 2018
 
Description University of Hull - Wilberforce Institute (Partner) 
Organisation University of Hull
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Funding phase 1 pilot projects in Sierra Leone.
Collaborator Contribution John Oldfield from the Wilberforce Institute is a Co-investigator on the project and has contributed to phase 1 research and supported phase 2 PIs.
Impact 2 films from Barmy Boy in Sierra Leone, 1 film from the British Council.
Start Year 2017
 
Description University of Nottingham - The Rights Lab (Partner) 
Organisation University of Nottingham
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Provided phase 1 funding for pilot project in DRC.
Collaborator Contribution Pilot project in DRC working with Yole!Africa. Multiple written outputs - policy recommendations, papers.
Impact Written outputs - policy recommendations such as photographing modern slavery.
Start Year 2017
 
Description YOLRED - Phase 2 N+ Sub Award grant recipient 
Organisation Youth Leaders for Restoration and Development
Country Uganda 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution We act as the funding body for this organisation to conduct a research project. We have held group meetings between all the Network plus organisations in order to build relationships transnationally.
Collaborator Contribution Community-led research project which uses the creative-art based therepies of drama, music, film, and dance as a tool for social healing and reintegration of child combatants.
Impact Community engagement festival, development and dissemination of comic throughout region
Start Year 2018
 
Description "The Grand Challenge of Sustainability" conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Convention keynote from grant work: "Engaged Research for Ending Slavery."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description ADS - Youth Experiences of Human Trafficking Networks in Kenya 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact To share lived experience of survivors, Understand policy environment, awareness building and mobilise community response.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description ADS Workshops 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Workshops and interviews have been conducted in order to track the routes of modern day slavery through Kenya. This has resulted in interviews with traffickers and survivors which have given us a clear picture of how trafficking goes both in and out of Kenya.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description AHTV and AHRC Masterclass 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A masterclass on how arts and humanities researchers can engage with television practitioners, such as commissioners and producers, to create programmes based on or related to their research
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description AKN Exhibition - public launch and expert panel event, March 2022 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This is an online, public facing event featuring an international expert panel which will be of interest to a wide-ranging audience, including policymakers in international development, NGOs and IGOs, and all those involved in work that addresses exploitation as an international development challenge.
The event launches the online exhibition and preview of accompanying report: 'How can we practice freedom?' www.aknexhibition.org. It will feature discussion of key findings and lessons learned from across a range of collaborative projects based in different countries in Africa: Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, DRC, Sierra Leone and Uganda. These all sought to address different forms of exploitation in creative ways that were ethically informed, survivor-involved, and driven by community needs. Panellists will reflect on the significance of the AKN for their own work, and there will be an opportunity for discussion about the meaning for future efforts to address the sustainable development goals (SDGs).
Speakers:
• Nii Kwartelai Quartey, Jamestown Community Theatre
• Sophie Otiende, Founder and Director, Azadi Kenya
• Ursula Antwi-Boasiako, Senior Adviser & Deputy Head - Modern Slavery Team, Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office
• Alice Eckstein, Delta 8.7, United Nations University Centre for Policy Research (UNU-CPR)
• Alex Balch, University of Liverpool (chair)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/266943925467
 
Description AKN exhibition launch for partners and supporters, November 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Launch of the AKN exhibition website for partners who had been involved in the AKN between 2017-2021
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Act for Change blog 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Regular engagement with blogs through our partners website - Act for Change. These blogs have a international audience and through direct engagement with some of the readers it has been identified that they have experienced a change in opinion on the topic.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://act4changegh.jimdofree.com/blog/
 
Description Afterlives: Slavery, Colonialism & contemporary global inequality 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This presentation was part of a conference which main focus was to take modern slavery as a framework for thinking through diverse forms of dehumanising and precarious labour. Lennon Mhishi was a main presenter.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.tropenmuseum.nl/en/zien-en-doen/activiteiten/afterlives-slavery-contemporary-global-ineq...
 
Description Blog: Former child soldiers in Northern Uganda use arts-based therapies to support healing of their traumas 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The blog post was written by Jassi Sandhar on the Gulu cultural festival, its rationale, aims, and what came out of the day. It was done to share information about the day but also to put a more positive story about the desires of child soldiers. This blog was shared with practitioners who work on the issue of child soldiers who reported that it was refreshing to see a new narrative emerging which was inclusive of the needs of cild soldiers but also write about hem in a more hopeful way.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://antislaveryera.com/2019/01/25/former-child-soldiers-in-northern-uganda-use-arts-based-therap...
 
Description Build X community insight 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Build X worked with groups located a number os safe houses in Kampala, Uganda in order to speak to them about their experiences of the place they were staying and how they could be made better. They were then encouraged to help produce a design framework through their own drawings. Participants are now eager to engage further and to see how their suggestions are going to be made a reality so that they can see they change based on their suggestions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description City Hearts 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Bringing school aged children to local (Accra, GH) sites of historical slavery to ask them to engage with the history and then reflect on what they learned through the lens of contemporary slavery. This led to many students learning that slavery is not a thing of the past.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description City Hearts end of project report launch 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 60 people attended end of project report launch. Participants were able to put questions to NGO regarding their mission for change as a result of their learnings. Participants were keen to continue communicating with key agencies to continue working on spreading the learning
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description City Hearts: Engagement with Schools 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Lessons taught in local schools to increase reach and impact of the project. It is hoped schools will engage with the programme and it will be rolled out across Ghana through the education packs which were developed as part of this project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Common Histories: A Workshop on Slavery and the Creative Arts, October 21st 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This was a workshop organised as a collaboration between the AHRC 'Translating Cultures' theme, Centre for the Study of International Slavery and UNESCO Chair in Refugee Integration through Languages and the Arts are delighted to present a workshop on coming to terms with our common histories. The workshop involved discussion of common histories of slavery, the transatlantic slave trade, colonialism and the impacts of the British Empire. It addressed difficulties surrounding modern discourses on these shared histories where in many cases, places and people who continue to be enriched by the wealth created and maintained through slavery and its legacies find it uncomfortable to engage in accepting and addressing implications today of these shared histories.
The workshop explored the ways we can deploy the Arts as a way of creating new spaces and opportunities to remove the discomfort of historical and modern injustice and inequalities that are a result of slavery, colonialism - and the reluctance to discuss these.
The workshop was led by Professor Kofi Anyidoho (University of Ghana), Chirikure Chirikure (Zimbabwe), Tawona Sitholé (poet in residence, University of Glasgow) and Gameli Tordzro (Pan African Arts Scotland).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Community Stories 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Held a series of workshops and capacity building events which engaged with local people and taught them how to use radio equipment. Interviews taken during these sessions will be used to broadcast over the radio. Community members who have learned to use the radio equipment during this programme will use the skills they learned to broadcast over local radio stations in order to dissuade people from taking actions which often lead to forced labour.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Cumberland Lodge workshop - Practitioner Responses to Child Trafficking: Emerging Good Practice 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact PEC Director of research, Alex Balch, participated in a 2-day workshop dedicated to improving the use of evidence from practioners in efforts to address modern slavery. The impact of this was cross-sector learning on generation and use of practitioner evidence in relation to safeguarding of children
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description DECOLONISING SAFEGUARDING IN A PANDEMIC: WHO HAS THE POWER TO DEFINE RISK AND HARM? 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact blog on DECOLONISING SAFEGUARDING IN A PANDEMIC: WHO HAS THE POWER TO DEFINE RISK AND HARM?Co- written by Linnea Renton, MA, MPH is Research Fellow on Safeguarding for the Antislavery Knowledge Network at the University of Liverpool and Leona Vaughn is a Derby Research Fellow at University of Liverpool for the research theme of 'Slavery and Unfree Labour'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://discoversociety.org/2020/05/12/decolonising-safeguarding-in-a-pandemic-who-has-the-power-to-...
 
Description Decolonising Archives 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Lennon Mhishi was chair to a panel on Themes and Approaches to Decolonising the Archive held in London as part of the Usable Past project led by the Rights Lab and the Wilberforce Institute.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://usablepastblog.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/archives-into-the-future-2019-programme.pdf
 
Description Decolonising the Archive: Congo Antislavery Visual Culture 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Discussed the Congo Antislavery Visual Culture project and specifically the work Yole!Africa had produced
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Exhibition launch - 'Historical and Modern Forms of Slavery in Ghana: Evidences from the Volta and Northern Regions' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact This was the launch of an exhibition relating to research undertaken as part of the Antislavery knowledge Network Pilot Project. Around 200 people attended, mainly students from the University of Ghana, Legon, but also heritage sector professionals and practitioners, postgraduates and staff from other departments. Feedback was given via a notice board with post-it notes for attendees to record their reaction to the exhibition. Several of the attendees reported that the exhibition raised their awareness of slavery from an archaeological perspective and made them think about the subject differently.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description From the Rainforest to the Deep Sea - Liverpool Bennial 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Contemporary forms of exploitation such as the global turn towards the 'blue economy'. On the other hand, this is also a zone that hasn't yet been colonised by modern systems of knowledge. It opens up a different possibility of interconnectivity that can be taken as portents for the future body. Lennon Mhishi was asked to come and talk to the audience about the Antislavery Knowledge Network and how we aim to address issues of exploitation through arts and humanities methods.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.biennial.com/events/october-gathering-2019-from-the-rainforest-to-the-deep-sea
 
Description Gulu Cultural Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Community Cultural Festival which brought together over 350 in attendance. This was a reintegration strategy for former child soldiers. During the event, many child soldiers including community members received both physical and psychological healings. Many former child soldiers who showed signs of PTSD received healings and were able to interact freely within themselves and other members of the community. This resulted in reduced stigmatisation within their communities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Human Rights in the 21st Century 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Conference keynote from grant work: "Tackling Modern Slavery."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description In-Country workshops Ghana 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 25 People from West African countries met in Accra, Ghana to discuss Phase 2 projects, impacts and sustainability/next steps. This led to new and strengthened relationships.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description In-country workshops Kenya 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 25 people from phase 2 projects meeting over 2 days to discuss project outcomes, impact, and sustainability/next steps. This led to strengthened and new relationships.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Indonesian Scholars International Convention 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Convention keynote from grant work: "Global Modern Slavery."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Ingenious Antislavery Ideas 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Ingenuity18 Ideas Summit: keynote talk and afternoon workshop
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Interview with Ga Mashie TV 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Ga Mashie is an internet based channel with a broad local following in Accra.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.gamashietv.com/the-anti-slavery-knowledge-network-play-production/
 
Description Launch event for Ghana project on mapping slavery heritage, February 19th 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact A workshop was held at University of Ghana on 19th February 2018 as a launch of the project to map slavery heritage in the country. This project is a phase 1 pilot project and is part of the Antislavery Knowledge Network, funded through the Network + award (PI - Balch), and is led by Dr Wazi Apoh and Dr Benjamin Kankpeyeng (Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies, University of Ghana, Legon). The workshop brought together academics from across the University of Ghana (including from sociology, history, politics) to discuss the plans to map and exhibit a new database of slavery heritage sites, and community engagement with those sites, from across Ghana. The discussion provided very important insights into new forms of contemporary enslavement that are prevalent in Ghana and connections between the work of the project team which will explore reactions and reflections on historical forms of slavery across the country.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Launch of 'Seaside Communities' and 'Kid Miners' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Launch/screening of two films that came out of one of our pilot projects in Sierra Leone and produced by 'We Own TV', an arts collective based in Freetown. The screening attracted an audience of c. 40 people, including members of the local Freetown Society. The event consisted of a screening introduced by Lansana Mansary, the driving forced behind 'We Own TV' and the producer of 'Seaside Communities'. The screening was followed by a general discussion, the whole event lasing approximately 90 minutes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Mapping and Mobilising Slavery Heritage 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This was an international workshop hosted by the Centre for the Study of International Slavery as part of the Phase 1 activities of the Antislavery Knowledge Network (AKN)
The morning session was devoted to our project on Ghana's slavery heritage, while the afternoon included an expert panel which reflected on connections with the UK and curatorial perspectives on material culture and West Africa in the collections of National Museums Liverpool.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/politics/research/research-projects/akn/akn-blog/Workshop-2018/
 
Description Modern Slavery Collaborative Research 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Universitas21 Early Career Researcher Annual Workshop, themed this year on modern slavery/human trafficking, for early career researchers from U21 universities around the world
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description PEC-CPA International Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Marking the official opening of the new Modern Slavery PEC, we hosted a global conference on assisting and supporting survivors of modern slavery on 15 & 16 September, organised in partnership with the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK. It brought together over 250 survivor advocates and professionals from over 30 countries, with speakers including the former UK Prime Minister Theresa May, the UK Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner Dame Sara Thornton, Chair of the Independent Review of the Modern Slavery Act Frank Field, and the UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Slavery Prof Tomoya Obokata.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://modernslaverypec.org/latest/virtual-conference
 
Description Panel on Slavery on and its Legacies at SOLAS 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The talk was part of a series of panels on various aspects of development, and with Charles Forsdick we presented on Slavery and its legacies in relation to AKN and its work. About 20 people attended, from different organisations, who were part of the conversation on how development work can better benefit those who are part of the communities experiences developmental challenges.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Partnerships and Knowledge Exchange for Ending Slavery 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Australian Research Council workshop
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Presentations to Research Ethics Committee, Research & Impact Strategy Committee, and Global Challenges Research Group, UoL, April-May 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentations to Research Ethics Committee, Research & Impact Strategy Committee, and Global Challenges Research Group, UoL, April-May. Presenting research in order to make institutional change at UoL.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Preventing Harm in Research 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This webinar was targeted at the international development research community. It aimed to raise awareness of the new guidance on safeguarding, increase understanding of the definition of safeguarding in the context of international development research and highlight how the research community can use it.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL http://www.ariseconsortium.org/learn-more-archive/webinar-preventing-harm-in-research-safeguarding/
 
Description Prof Alex Balch analyses the figures of people referred as potential victims of modern slavery in the UK for 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Press release analysing National Referral Mechanism stats, undertaken by the Modern Slavery PEC in conjunction with the University of Liverpool. The impact of this was increased awareness of the research among stakeholders
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://modernslaverypec.org/latest/covid-19-limited-ability-identify-people-modern-slavery
 
Description Prof Alex Balch on listening and acting on meaningful inclusion of lived experience in our research 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Blog sharing the Modern Slavery PEC's approach to survivor inclusion and highlighting its importance. The impact of this was increased awareness of the Modern Slavery PEC's approach to survivor inclusion
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://modernslaverypec.org/latest/inclusion-lived-experience
 
Description Public Lecture: Re-Memory: An African Poet and The Burden of History, by Professor Kofi Anyidoho, University of Ghana, October 20th 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This lecture-performance was anchored in the realization that we need to turn to the language and techniques of poetry for some of the most profound, most memorable articulations of the complex and often deeply embedded dimension of slavery, The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.
The lecture, accompanied by a duo performing Ghanaian musical contributions, was a poetic journey into SoulTime, focusing in part on three of the most powerful instruments and symbols of enslavement: The Slave Fort/Castle, The Middle Passage and The Slave Boat.
To properly come to terms with the Burden of History loaded into these Monuments of Enslavement, the audience were are offered a guided tour across Time and Space through the refracturing prizm of selected poems by three African-heritage poets: Haki Madhubuti (in Culture as Motion), Kwadwo Opoku-Agyemang (in Cape Coast Castle), and NourbeSe Philip (in Zong).
This journey into SoulTime closed with a reading-performance of "Gathering the Harvest Dance", Anyidoho's own poem located at the still-centre of the symbolic historical storm encoded into the Elmina Slave Castle in Ghana. The lecture and the musical accompaniment led to a discussion about the role of the arts and humanities in interpreting and dealing with traumatic and tragic histories. The experience demonstrated very clearly to the audience the power of poetry and art and its context in Africans' perspectives, understanding and interpretations of history, the transatlantic slave-trade, and how these artistic and creative endeavours contribute to the healing process. Professor Anyidoho expressed an interest in acting as part of the International Steering Group for the AHRC project - the 'Antislavery Knowledge Network'. In the subsequent discussions there were also plans made with attendees from National Museums Liverpool to coordinate activities around visits of researchers and academics that are scheduled to happen in Phase 1 of the network.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Roundtable with UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Slavery 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact We organised a roundtable with Professor Tomoya Obokata, the newly appointed UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Slavery. The purpose of the roundtable was to give an opportunity for Professor Obokata to introduce the plans he was drawing up for his work in the role, to create a platform for key PEC stakeholders to engage with him and provide feedback on his priorities, and for the attendees well to learn more about the PEC.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Royal Society Panel for British Science Week, 'Science on the Frontline', London, 11 March 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Royal Society Panel for British Science Week, 'Science on the Frontline', London, 11 March.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://royalsociety.org/science-events-and-lectures/2020/03/science-frontline/
 
Description SOAS Workshop with Donkosira 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 3 workshops conducted in Mali lead to the development of a storyboard which will be used to create a graphic novel depicting slavery in Mali.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description School visits 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Performance, workshop and engagement which developed dialogue on modern slavery and potential community based solutions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Soroptimist International and UN Association 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Public talk from grant project: "How We End Contemporary Slavery."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Talk on Modern Slavery to New Forest Rotary Club, 1 February 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Online presentation to members of local Hampshire Rotary Club. c. 28 members in attendance, including members from other clubs. Questions and discussion afterwards,.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Talk on Modern slavery to Bideford Rotary Club, 11 February 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Online presentation to local Rotary, followed by questions and discussion. c. 30 in attendance, including members from other clubs. Lively response and reaction and requests for further information.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Talk on Modern slavery to Southampton Magna Rotary Club, October 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 20 minute online presentation on modern slavery to local Southampton Rotary Club, followed by questions. C. 45 members in attendance, including members from other national and, in one case, international clubs. . Lively responses and requests for further information. also invitations to speak at other Rotary Clubs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description There's less focus on modern slavery, but there are opportunities to integrate it across all new priorities, blogs Prof Alex Balch 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Blog promoting the Modern Slavery PEC's policy briefing assessing of evidence linking modern slavery with the seven ODA priorities. The impact of this blog was increased awareness of the research among stakeholders
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://modernslaverypec.org/latest/integrate-modern-slavery-uk-international-development
 
Description Transdisciplinary Research for Ending Slavery 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Yale University, Gilder Lehrman Center, workshop with the Modern Slavery Working Group
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Trinity Church and Quarry Lab "See Here" series 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Public dialogue from grant work: "Voices of Freedom: Modern Slavery."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description United Nations Population Fund presentation at the University of Bristol 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Jassi Sandhar presented at the UNFPA partnership launch with the University of Bristol in February 2019, where she described the research, findings and the project. She informed the audience of what international policy-makers and practitioners could do, and what new ways of thinking were required to help support former child soldiers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description UoL Making an Impact series, 'Safeguarding in research', 11 June 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact UoL Making an Impact series, 'Safeguarding in research', 11 June: How can stories and theatre help in exploring issues of risk, harm and support from the point of view of survivors of modern slavery? Nii Kwartelai Quartey of James Town Community Theatre in Accra, Ghana, talks about the use of arts-based approaches to "democratise and demystify" research in this area, and create ownership in defining safeguarding by those with direct lived experience. This event was directed towards UoL researchers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/politics/research/research-projects/akn/akn-safeguarding/
 
Description Westminster Legal Policy Forum keynote seminar - Next steps for tackling modern slavery 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Personal invitation as a named speaker at a conference. PEC Director of research, Alex Balch, participated in a Westminster Legal Policy Forum involving participation from key policymakers within legislatures, governments and regulatory bodies, and from stakeholders in the professions, businesses and their advisors, consumer organisations, local government, the third sector and other interested groups, The impact of this was increased awareness of the research among stakeholders
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.westminsterforumprojects.co.uk/publication/Modern-Slavery-21
 
Description Yole!Africa: Film 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Yole!Africa (a community arts organisation based in the Congo) worked with the Alice Seeley Harris Archive to reactivate historical memory and create an artistic film showcasing the impact the project had on the local community. The film tells the story of the project, and some of the photographs from the Archive: some were exhibited in the public marketplace in Goma, and others were displayed in a museum exhibition to teach citizens about the history of slavery and abolitionist activity in that area.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018,2019
 
Description Yole!Africa: Student Photography Project 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact As part of a partnership working with local communities in Goma, Yole!Africa worked with students to produce a series of photographs inspired by some of the images from the Alice Seeley Harris archive. Some of these historic images were used to reactivate historical memory and recover the lost history of slavery and abolitionist activity in the Congo. Some of these photos were included in another output for this project, Catalogue Transcend.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018,2019
 
Description engagement with various local groups to disseminate large poster copies of the comic 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Presentations were given to various groups about the comic, what it meant to participants, why YOLRED were engaging in these activities, why they were in need of local and national community to get involved to combat the stigma around child soldiers. After these activities, and the various talks with member, many spoke about hoe they had become better informed about the conflict situation and the needs of the former child soldiers. They spoke about the fantastic comic and importance of such work in the community. They are also keen to watch and share the animation when it becomes available.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019