Bringing SafeStep to a Malaysia
Since 2020, GFEMS has been supporting a consortium of partners ELEVATE, Diginex, and Winrock develop SafeStep: an app that helps Bangladeshi workers migrate safely. A lack of information is a major factor in how people who have migrated fall into forced labor so often. They aren’t sure what their rights are in their destination country, what they should expect from an employer (or what they should be protected from), or what it should cost, among other things. SafeStep offers country-specific educational digital content, a budget calculator, digital documentation storage, and help center functions, which collectively address numerous migrant challenges. Crucially, it was developed with deep input from actual migrant wokers. In our initial funding rounds, we helped build out the app for use in migration to Gulf Cooperation Council countries. Under Selamat, ELEVATE and its partners are tailoring the app to Malaysia and building in additional features that will help SafeStep meet the needs of employers and migrants alike.