Integrated Findings in Addressing Demand and Policy Recommendations

Integrated Findings in Addressing Demand and Policy Recommendations

This DemandAT Working Paper No. 15 by ICMPD researchers Mădălina Rogoz and Albert Kraler offers a synthesis of the main results of the conceptual and theoretical work as well as of the in-depth case studies conducted in the framework of the project (prostitution policies, domestic work, supply chain initiatives, law enforcement and information campaigns). The paper argues for a narrow conception of demand and suggests to understand demand-side interventions as interventions aimed at shaping the purchaser side in a specific market exchange. Demand-side interventions are thus specific and don’t work in isolation from other measures addressing trafficking. In some contexts, the paper finds, demand is not a useful category altogether. The paper further highlights the need to acknowledge the specificity of particular markets and the related need to specify the expected results of demand-side interventions in any particular market. This requires both context sensitivity as well as evidence based design, implementation and evaluation of interventions. An associated policy brief available here summarises key findings and policy recommendations.