A group of anti-slavery leaders, experts, and activists convened to discuss the key challenges facing the field. They agreed that worldwide efforts were under-resourced to sustainably eradicate modern slavery.
A new idea of a global fund was proposed to advance the global fight by raising new resources, bringing together partners across government, civil society, and the private sector; and investing in bold programs, innovative tools, and data. From this, the vision of GFEMS was born.
Following years of organizing and advocating by the GFEMS founders and supporters, our visionary first donors provided the initial investments to launch the Global Fund.
With funding from the US State Department, the UK, Norway, Liechtenstein, and private donors, GFEMS launched 40 programs in 9 countries and conducted research for the sector. In 2023, we’re building on impact to date, lessons learned, and feedback from grantees to updated our approach to better serve the sector.
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