About Equidem Research & Consulting

-- About Equidem Research & Consulting

Equidem Research and Consulting is a specialist human rights and labour rights consultancy dedicated to defending the human rights of vulnerable individuals and communities including migrant workers, women, children and minorities in the context of labour migration and humanitarian and post-conflict settings.

Equidem is committed to concrete, practical and sustainable approaches for businesses, governments, international non-government organisations and civil society. We take a “bottom up” approach that first seeks to establish the situation for the most vulnerable individuals and communities and identify gaps in the protection frameworks.

Equidem is incorporated as a limited liability company in the United Kingdom and a registered office in Nepal and teams in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Malaysia, Pakistan, South Korea and across the Arab Gulf countries. With our network of experts and investigators across Asia and the Middle East we provide our partners with unrivalled access to information supported by comprehensive analysis and practical recommendations.

 

Our approach

“No matter how well thought out, no strategy that seeks to protect human rights can be effective unless you first understand the reality for migrant workers and other affected groups at risk of abuse or exploitation”

           - Mustafa Qadri, Founder and Executive Director of Equidem Research and Consulting

 

Equidem specializes in research, advice, and training on free and fair recruitment, international and national-level labour standards, and human rights and labour rights compliance by states and businesses, including sub-contractors and in supply chains. We are specialists in ethically and objectively investigating human rights abuses including child labour, forced labour, human trafficking, deceptive recruitment and other exploitative practices.

Equidem is able to carry out its research, advice and training because of our bottom-up approach using our team of experts and unrivalled network of investigators who belong to affected communities from South and South East Asia and in the Middle East. Each of our field investigators has been personally selected and trained by our team of experts following years of collaboration on human rights investigations in some of the most difficult and sensitive contexts.

-- The Team

Equidem is managed and led by an executive director. It has a team of experts each of whom holds advanced degrees and have decades of experience carrying out human rights investigations in the field, analysing findings against international and national human rights and labour rights standards, and developing concrete, practical recommendations on how to address identified problems. Together, we have worked in the Middle East, South and South East Asia, Africa and Europe with organizations such as the United Nations (UN), the International Labour Organisation (ILO), international non-government organisations (INGOs), multi-national business and government donors.

At the heart of our work is our unrivalled network of field investigators who are based in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Hong Kong, India, Nepal, Pakistan, The Philippines, Qatar, and the UAE. Our experts and investigators together cover most of the Middle East and Asia. Our team members are fluent in written and spoken Arabic, Bangla, Cantonese, Dari, English, Hindi, Malayalam, Mandarin, Nepali, Punjabi, Sinhala, Tagalog, Tamil, Urdu, among others.

We emphasize a sound grasp of the most current debates in our respective areas, and designing innovative responses that are based on extensive community and stakeholder consultations, particularly international experts and grassroots civil society (see Partners).


Mustafa Qadri - Founder and Executive Director

Mustafa Qadri
Founder and Executive Director

Mustafa Qadri is the Founder and Executive Director of Equidem Research and Consulting, managing all our projects and partner relationships. He is a human rights research and advocacy expert with over 15 years of...

Christine Mehta - Investigator, Asia and Americas

Christine Mehta
Investigator, Asia and Americas

Norma Kang Muico - Senior Consultant, South East Asia and East Asia migration corridor

Norma Kang Muico
Senior Consultant, South East Asia and East Asia migration corridor

Mike Kaye - Senior Consultant, Modern Slavery, Trafficking and Refugees

Mike Kaye
Senior Consultant, Modern Slavery, Trafficking and Refugees