“Collaboration” is a word so frequently used in meetings, conferences, proposals, policies and reports that there is danger it is only seen as a concept and not a practice - therefore, reducing it to mere rhetoric.

Chab Dai understands the value of collaboration. We go beyond the rhetoric by putting collaboration into practice. This is not easy or fast. Rather, it requires us to work with others, not based on our own agenda but on a common vision that supersedes both organisations and their entities, in order to ultimately benefit those we serve.

We have been putting “Collaboration in Practice” for more than 13 years as an organisation - and we are seeing now that the effort and perseverance is bearing fruit despite the long-game of it all. It may be unproductive or counter-intuitive, as the anti-trafficking movement likes to see action and impact quickly and on our own terms.

Collaboration in Practice puts us outside our comfort zone - it means meeting with, learning from, listening to and taking action alongside others. These partners could be NGOs, academics, businesses, communities and governments - and together we can go further and have a deeper and more lasting impact.

So, all of those meetings, emails, Skype or phone calls, and trainings that seem to take so much time out of our “proper project work” are in fact part of that project work. It is the only way that we are going to see change beyond our own project, our organisation, our communities, and our nations. This is Collaboration in Practice.