WP and activities


A Kick-off Meeting and a Gap-analysis Workshop will be organised in Brussels and Benin City respectively to present the Action to relevant stakeholders (Donors, Representatives of European Commission, Representatives of relevant Embassies and Representatives of on-going Anti-trafficking Projects) and to exchange experiences and approaches, while discussing on complementarities and possible synergies. The aim is to complete a detailed gap-analysis of current initiatives on HT in Nigeria, while also promoting active networking.


The research team of the University of Venice (including 3 Italian Researcher, 1 Swedish Researcher and 1 Nigerian Researcher) will carry out ethnographic research (in-depth qualitative interviews and participant observation with outreach units, evaluation units, rehabilitation units and within inclusion projects) in the Veneto Region, along the Brenner route (one of Italy’s borders with Austria and towards Northern Europe), in Sweden and Nigeria (Edo State and Lagos). The research aims to evaluate the respective systems of prevention, protection and rehabilitation and to explore the extent to which they are equipped to deal with the specific needs of female children and the risks associated with secondary and reverse movements and re-trafficking. A specific focus of the research will be on the emerging engagement of Nigerian male adults in begging and drug activities in Northern Italy and its potential association with smuggling and/or HT. Two final conferences and a seminar will be organised in Italy, Nigeria and Sweden respectively to report on the findings and on the wider Action outcomes.


Participative Workshop for key stakeholders in the Veneto Region (Italy)
A 3-day Participative Workshop will be organised by N.A.Ve to define experimental implementation tools and measures for the protection of Nigerian migrants, with the involvement of all relevant stakeholders (Law Enforcement, Local and Regional Authorities, Ministry of Interior and Local Representations, local Universities, Trade Unions, Provincial Labour Directorates, Local and Regional Health Authorities, Anti-trafficking Project Operators). This aims to set a strategic agenda for more effective engagement and collaboration, not only in the first phase of victims’ identification but all throughout the protection program, thus favouring capacity and providing opportunities for exchange among stakeholders.

Participative Workshop on Rehabilitation in Nigeria
A 2-day Participative Workshop on Rehabilitation Services will be conducted by PJI, targeting key stakeholders (NAPTIP, NGOs, community leaders, Government leaders), in order to share good practices on rehabilitation.

Capacity Building for Law Enforcement Officers in the Veneto Region (Italy), Nigeria and Sweden.
Three 2-day Capacity Building Program will be organised by N.A.Ve, targeting junior Law Enforcement Officers and Police Officers in the Veneto Region. The Program will focus on the prevention of HT and the protection of victims, with a gender- and child-aware medium-term policy approach, while addressing the needs of women and children thoroughly. One 2-day Capacity Building Program will be organised and conducted by PJI, across various ranks of Law Enforcement in Edo State. The Program will include a full-day seminar for Leading Officials and Regional Heads and a full-day Program for trainers of Police Academy and continuing education. In both Programs an expert Law Enforcement Officer from Nigeria and Italy respectively will be involved, and possibly an Expert of the Europol team, with the aim to promote the exchange of experiences at transnational level. As far as Sweden is concerned, the University of Venice will be responsible to provide recommendation for a Capacity Building Agenda for Law Enforcement Officers.

Training for Cultural and Linguistic Mediators in the Veneto Region
A 6-day Training will be organised by N.A.Ve, targeting Cultural and Linguistic Mediators working with migrants. The training will specifically aim to train them on HT, in order to ensure they can best provide support to relevant Anti-trafficking stakeholders.


Awareness Raising in Nigeria: Helpdesk, Training in schools, On the road Campaign
NWA will launch a Helpdesk in Lagos, to reach out to victim returnees and their families and alert them of the dangers of re-trafficking. The Helpdesk will be operated for 12 months, by social workers of the Institute of Social Work, with whom NWA has been collaborating. This aims to promote the institutionalisation of awareness raising and to contribute to building the capacity of social workers beyond the Action. In order to complement the efforts of the Helpdesk, two 2-day Trainings for teachers will be organised and delivered in selected colleges and secondary schools in Lagos and Enugu, to raise awareness among students on voluntary return and the dangers of re-trafficking and to support teachers in the preparation of ad-hoc awareness raising modules. Furthermore, two Awareness Raising Events will be organised, with the active involvement of the trained teachers. An Itinerant Awareness Raising Campaign will also be organised in Lagos and Enugu, geographical areas that have been less covered by awareness raising activities in Nigeria. This aims to reach out to victim returnees during the off-school summer months and in hard-to-reach locations.

Counter-narratives on Nigerians in the Veneto Region (Italy)
An Awareness Raising event, targeting Law Enforcement Officers and the wider society will be carried out in the Veneto Region, on the European Anti-trafficking day, in October 2019. It will focus on the conditions of vulnerability of Nigerian migrants trapped in trafficking circuits in Northern Italy, with the scope to counter widespread stereotypes against Nigerian nationals which often translate in demands for increased police interventions.


Associazione 2050 will set up a dedicated Action website that will be used to upload all the materials that will be produced throughout the Action activities, in order to promote dissemination. A specific part of Action website will provide an online interactive searchable database, including certified organisations in Nigeria, Italy, Sweden that are involved in anti-trafficking activities. The target users of the database will be first of all the Action applicant and co-applicants and their partners (beyond the Action). Its function will be to favour the sharing of good practices, to facilitate the search for certified partners for effective transnational cooperation.