USAID counter trafficking in persons (CTIP)

Emerging Markets Consulting (EMC) is very pleased to contribute to CTIP and look forward to successful collaboration.

CTIP will work with civil society, governments and private sector to reduce human trafficking in Asia. The program will initially focus on human trafficking in the Lower Mekong countries of Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam as well as Bangladesh.

Recent examples of EMC relevant work include:

Our involvement goes back to 2008 and work for UNIAP (the former ‘United Nations Inter-Agency Project in Trafficking’) for whom we undertook research in to strengthening private sector livelihoods alternatives in Cambodia and Thailand.

We’ve worked with in many of the industries where migrant, displaced and trafficked persons are to be found, and have a research and publication track record in the broader economic context – ASEAN labour markets, and industrial policy.

Here’s Winrock’s full press release announcing their award:


WASHINGTON – January 11, 2017 – Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced a new regional program to combat human trafficking in Asia. USAID’s Regional Development Mission for Asia awarded the five-year, $21.5 million USAID Asia Counter Trafficking in Persons (USAID Asia CTIP) program to Winrock International, a U.S.-based development organization.

“This new program is part of a long-term and comprehensive effort by the U.S. Government towards ending human trafficking in the region by 2030,” said USAID Regional Development Mission for Asia Director Beth S. Paige.

USAID and Winrock will work together with Asian governments, civil society organizations and other stakeholders in the region to reduce human trafficking in Asia. Activities will improve cooperation among government social services, law enforcement, healthcare providers and anti-trafficking advocacy organizations to help improve the lives of trafficking survivors throughout Asia.

“The USAID Asia CTIP program is a landmark effort, given its regional focus and multi-sectoral nature,” said Winrock President and CEO Rodney Ferguson. “This grows from Winrock’s decades of work combating human trafficking by providing the kind of inclusive development that works to end it. I congratulate USAID on its strong leadership in this area. Together, we will help the most vulnerable reclaim their rights and their lives.”

Announced on the U.S. National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, this program will support Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states as they implement the ASEAN Convention Against Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children and take steps to stem the demand and supply for trafficked persons.

The program will initially focus on human trafficking in the Lower Mekong countries of Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam as well as Bangladesh. Over time, the project will expand to include other ASEAN member states, South Asia, and destination countries in East Asia and the Gulf States.

Winrock and its five implementing partners – Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women, Liberty Asia, the Mekong Club, the NEXUS Institute and SSG Advisors — and many other collaborating organizations (partial list below) will join forces to achieve the goals and vision of USAID CTIP Asia.

Winrock has worked to combat human trafficking worldwide for nearly two decades. In addition to the USAID Asia CTIP program, Winrock currently implements USAID-funded counter-trafficking programs in Bangladesh and Cambodia and, in partnership with Concordia, has recently launched a Campaign Against Labor Trafficking.


Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women

Liberty Asia

The Mekong Club

The Nexus Institute

SSG Advisors

BBC Media Action


Emerging Markets Consulting


Labor Voices

Fairtrade America

Microsoft International Organizations

Thai Union

The Institute for Population and Social Research (IPSR), Mahidol University

Rapid Asia





Winrock is a recognized leader in U.S. and international development with a focus on social, agricultural and environmental issues. Inspired by its namesake, Winthrop Rockefeller, Winrock combines scientific and technical expertise with entrepreneurial innovation to deliver market-based solutions that improve lives around the world. Winrock’s mission is to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity and sustain natural resources across the globe.


January 11, 2016, Chris Hancock,, +1 501-319-2030