Earth Shattering – Opportunities for Financial Sector Engagement at the Nexus of Modern Slavery and Natural Resources in Ghana

  • Expected start date:
    June 1, 2021
    Expected end date:
    November 30, 2022
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    Project Manager :
    Qondi Moyo

    The United Nations University – Centre for Policy Research (UNU-CPR) Finance Against Slavery and Trafficking (FAST) initiative, which works to mobilize the financial sector to better identify, address and act to prevent Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking (MSHT) and the Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA) implemented the Earth-Shattering rapid research project.

    To explore the nexus of modern slavery, natural resources and the finance sector, in the context of the COVID-19 and climate change mega trends, the project undertook qualitative research to

    (i) generate new evidence;

    (ii) raise awareness; and

    (iii) catalyse new multisectoral responses to modern slavery.

    Through engaging with affected populations and experts with extensive knowledge and experience of Ghana’s anti-trafficking work, financial, extractive (gold) and agricultural (cocoa production) sectors, rich and nuanced knowledge was gained about modern slavery risks in this nexus. The recommendations made in this report identify ways in which the financial sector, as a key partner to government, multilateral, NGO and CSO actors and others in the private sector, can synchronize actions to tackle and reduce risks in these global value chains.

    • Qondi Moyo
      Project Manager
    • Fatima Denton Fatima Denton Director
    • Maria-Ancilla Bombande Maria-Ancilla Bombande Research Associate
    • Leona Vaughn
    • Gifty Ampomah
    • Emelda Quainoo