In 2010 the Regional Implementation Initiative started with a High-level Ministerial Round Table on 20 September 2010 in Vienna under the auspices of the Austrian Federal Minister for Women and Public Administration, where the participants agreed on the Vienna Declaration (From 2010-2013 the Regional Implementation Initiative was hosted by the Austrian Institute for International Affairs (oiip) .

*The Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM) was founded in 1953 as the “research Institute for Issues of the Danube Region”. As an Austrian scientific institution, it was dedicated specifically to research on the Danube region. In 1993, the Institute was renamed as the “Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe” (IDM). In 2011, IDM concluded a cooperation agreement with the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU) in order to realise common activities in the frame of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR). As a result, this cooperation agreement has led to new impulses and synergies. As a gateway and facilitator institution, IDM makes an important contribution to cooperation in the fields of politics, economics, research, administration and culture. At the same time, IDM sees itself as a clearinghouse for concerns of the Danube region and Central and Southern Europe, by supporting the work of embassies, trade missions, cultural institutes and national tourist offices. As a think thank, IDM performs basic groundwork for government agencies and institutions in the fields of politics, education, research, culture and business, and supports efforts in the Danube region and Central and Southeast Europe. In international seminars, symposiums, summer schools and the post-graduate programme Interdisciplinary Balkan Studies (M.A.) in cooperation with the University of Vienna, the IDM also serves as an institute of learning and training. In addition, IDM organises expert meetings, conferences, workshops and lectures. In this context, cooperation with institutions that share IDM’s goals is of particular significance. IDM maintains a documentation centre and a magazine reading room with specialised publications on current developments in the countries of the Danube region and Central and Southeast Europe. Documentation is supplemented by regular reports provided by country correspondents working for the Institute on a voluntary basis.

Development of a Masterplan for Implementation 2011-2013

A. Enhancing Data/Information and Know-How Sharing

Data Collection

‘Traffic-o-meter’ and Early Warning

Regional Internet Clearing House – Platform for Practitioners

B. Prevention


Regional Training on Trafficking for Labour Exploitation

Good Practices

Human Trafficking for Domestic Servitude

Education Programmes for Youth

Mutually Beneficial Partnerships

Comprehensive Prevention Strategy – Nigeria

Preventing Child Trafficking – Bulgaria and Romania

Skills Development – Comprehensive Education Programmes for Young Migrants

C. Research and Evaluation

Towards Evidence-Based Policies and Measures

Regional Research – Trafficking for Labour Exploitation

Regional Research Network

Evidence-Based Policies

Management of the Regional Implementation Initiative:

Helga Konrad, Head of the Regional Implementation Initiative on Preventing and Combating all Forms of  Human Trafficking

Since May 2006 International Consultant on Combating Trafficking in Persons; 2004-2006: (First) Special Representative on Combating Trafficking in Human Beings of the OSCE – Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe; 2000-2004: Regional Coordinator and Chair of the  EU Stability Pact Task Force on Human Trafficking for South Eastern Europe. Former Austrian Federal Government Minister for Women.

Helga Konrad has been working on the issue of human trafficking for more than 20 years at local, national, regional and international levels in various functions – as expert, manager, coordinator, parliamentarian and politician. In all her capacities she has provided assistance to governments and State authorities in developing national and transnational anti-trafficking strategies in order to help improve their capacities to act on their own and in cooperation with others. Her anti-trafficking work has been based on a holistic and comprehensive approach to this complex and multifaceted problem, addressing all forms of human trafficking and coordinating all relevant actors and stakeholders. In the framework of the OSCE she has established the ‘Alliance against Trafficking in Persons’ and the ‘South Eastern European Coordination Team’ within the EU Stability Pact for SEE . In her capacity as Austrian Federal Government Minister for Women she hosted the 1st EU Conference on Trafficking in Women for Sexual Exploitation in Vienna, 1995. She was  Head of the Austrian government delegations to the 4th UN World Conference on Women in Beijing/China and the 1st World Congress on Combating Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in Stockholm/Sweden, 1996. helga.konrad@graz26.at


Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM)                                     www.idm.at/projekte/rii_menschenhandel/                E-mail: helga.konrad@graz26.at