The Antislavery Knowledge Network

Community-Led Strategies for Creative and Heritage-Based Interventions in Sub-Saharan Africa

Contemporary slavery affects millions around the world – in richer and poorer countries – with human trafficking and severe forms of exploitation particularly prevalent in populations in sub-Saharan Africa that are experiencing development challenges and a lack of economic alternatives.

The core members of the Antislavery Knowledge Network link the UK with West Africa joining three of the main centres on research into slavery in the UK (CSIS – University of Liverpool, WISE – University of Hull and Rights Lab – University of Nottingham) with the University of Ghana, Legon.

Together we aim to grow our network and explore how approaches from the arts and humanities can address contemporary forms of enslavement by adopting a community-engaged, human rights focus that delivers development impacts.  

Our network has already expanded to include the leading antislavery NGOs and a range of academic and non-academic partners across West and Central Africa in Ghana, Sierra Leone and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Our outputs, the way we plan to synthesise findings, the way we will speak to policymakers - will help us provide a pathway and a blueprint for the creation, implementation and evaluation of arts-based approaches to address these issues.  


About us

Information about who we are and how we are funded.

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How have arts and humanities-based projects tackled contemporary slavery in the development context?

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Platform to critically engage and explore work in antislavery through arts & humanities. 

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Enhancing Safeguarding in Efforts to Address Modern Slavery through the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

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The Network

List of our partners on the Antislavery Knowledge Network.

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Phase 2 Projects

Details of funded projects

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