Skip to content


Stamping out slavery in Nigeria – MEL Unit

Historically, Nigeria has been seen as a country of origin, transit and destination for human trafficking. Edo State has been labelled the most endemic source of human trafficking in Nigeria; and is still experiencing prevalent issues despite recent legislative progress, meaning many victims are trafficked into forced labour, including prostitution.


Our role

Itad is leading the consortium providing monitoring, evaluation and learning support to DFID’s SOSIN (Stamping out Slavery in Nigeria) programme. Itad’s work is improving the evidence base on modern-day slavery, in addition to supporting new and innovative approaches to tackling human trafficking, mainly in Edo State of Nigeria.


The SOSIN programme represents DFID’s and the UK’s major response, aiming to strengthen Edo State’s response to modern slavery, support the response of law enforcement, improve support for victims in Nigeria, Albania and Vietnam, and pilot interventions focused on changing norms and behaviours in Edo State that are conducive to human trafficking and unsafe migration.

Over the course of four years, Itad’s MEL Unit aims to provide improved learning and accountability for the programme by supporting the careful collection of evidence and its application in programme adaptation. This will help us to monitor and improve the overall effectiveness of the SOSIN programme’s interventions, whilst also contributing to a stronger evidence base on modern-day slavery, both in Nigeria and globally.


Read Abdulkareem’s blog ‘Tackling human trafficking: Lessons from the Stamping out Slavery in Nigeria project‘.


Contact Abdulkareem Lawal ( if you would like to discuss this project.



Image: Market in Lagos. Credit: Zouzou Wizman (CC BY 2.0)

Team members
Abdulkareem Lawal Richard Burge David Walker Nateisha Decruz-Young