This report presents findings of the final evaluation of the Integrated Response Against Child Trafficking Project (IRACT). IRACT was implemented under a consortium of four organisations namely; the Federation of Women Lawyers in Uganda (FIDA), African Network for the Prevention and Protection against Child Abuse and Neglect (ANPPCAN) Uganda Chapter, the Uganda Youth Development Link (UYDEL) and Makerere University, Department of Social Work and Social Administration (Mak-DSWSA). IRACT activities were implemented in three districts of Kampala, Iganga and Moroto from April 2014 to December 2015. The project worked in close collaboration with Government agencies in particular with the Ministry of Gender Labour and Social Development (MGLSD) and the Ministry of Internal Affairs to mount a concerted response against child trafficking in Uganda and the East African region more generally. IRACT activities were enabled by financial assistance from Terre des Hommes Netherlands (TdH) implementing the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the MFS-II budget.
The evaluation was conducted between October 2015 and December 2015 in the three districts where the project was implemented namely, Kampala, Iganga and Moroto. It was a followup
assessment following the baseline study that was conducted for the project in 2014. The evaluation had two main population categories that is to say children and adults. The focus on children was an attempt to investigate that segment of the population directly affected by trafficking. The children included in the sample were aged 12-17 years and drawn from Kampala district. Adults comprised household heads especially the regular parents and/caretakers of children. The adults identified for this study were mostly from Iganga and Moroto districts – areas suspected to be the sources of trafficked children.
This evaluation employed a judicious mix of quantitative and qualitative methodologies. In relation to the former, the evaluators used a multi-stage cluster sampling method to identify respondents in the three districts. A sample of primary units was the sub-county, where one rural sub-county was selected in the districts of Iganga and Moroto and one division in Kampala district. In the second stage, five parishes were selected from each of the selected subcounties/divisions. The third and smallest sampling unit was the village (Manyatta in Moroto).
Iganga and Moroto had a total sample of 799 respondents. Of these, 18 per cent were male while females constituted 82 per cent. In Kampala a total of 356 children were interviewed for this
evaluation and majority (62% of the respondents) were boys while girls comprised of 38% of the total respondents.
Qualitatively, a total of 25 in depth interviews, FGDs with community participants, and case studies were conducted per district. Qualitative data was analysed thematically. As a matter of principle the evaluation undertook comparisons with the baseline findings as the basis for estimating the magnitude of change attributable to the project.