Phil Marshall has worked on international development cooperation issues for over 25 years, including more than a decade living and working in developing countries. He has an extensive background in designing, implementing and evaluating programs to combat trafficking in persons (TIP) and other exploitative labour practices. He also has strong experience in HIV/AIDS prevention programs, particularly in the context of large infrastructure projects.
Phil’s expertise in TIP spans the full range of interventions, as well as related areas such as migration and migrant smuggling. He has worked extensively at the policy level, notably in the development of four national plans of action, and played a central role in the negotiation of the COMMIT memorandum of understanding on trafficking in persons between the six countries of the Greater Mekong Sub-region.
Phil’s work in the criminal justice area includes three years providing strategic and technical direction for a major regional project to strengthen criminal justice responses to trafficking, and a project in Sudan to develop a unified national curriculum in partnership with government institutions. He also works on approaches targeting the profits of human trafficking. In the area of support for victims of trafficking and labour exploitation, Phil has assisted the Government of Vietnam in the development of a national return and referral mechanism, and is currently working on the principles for remediation of labour violations.
As RCG’s Director of Private Sector Engagement, Phil is leading the overall development of RCG Reflex, a new service area focusing on forced labour issues within global supply chains. He is also a board member of the Mekong Club, a business-led initiative to address modern slavery. Phil has a particular interest in the potential to “crowd out” exploitative business practices through the development of cleaner migration pathways and the promotion of ethical buying behaviour.
Phil has evaluated, assessed or reviewed more than 20 programs at the global, regional and local levels. In this work, he has used a wide range of quantitative and qualitative methods and tools, and often trained local counterparts in aspects of this work. Phil recently developed a toolkit on trafficking project design and evaluation for the Inter-Agency Coordination Group against Trafficking in Persons, drawing on accumulated knowledge and lessons learned from both within and outside the counter-trafficking sector.
Phil was a member of a 12-person panel of experts to develop the UN Principles and Guidelines on Human Rights and Human Trafficking and is currently a member of a small advisory team engaged in developing indicators for government progress for the Global Slavery Index.
Phil holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration from Victoria University of Wellington, and a Graduate Diploma of Development Administration from the Australian National University.