Asmita has over 25 years of experience in international development. She became a consultant in 2002 carrying out assignments across the globe on a wide range of issues related to human rights, protection, aid policy and management. Prior to becoming a consultant, she worked for UN agencies in Geneva in the 1990s. Asmita is also a part-time adjudicator on various regulatory bodies e.g. Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) complaints committee member; magistrate in criminal courts; member of investigations and hearings panels for two health profession regulators. She has an advanced education in law and public policy.
Asmita has longstanding experience of safeguarding going back to the early 1990s through her work on a major child abuse public inquiry in the UK. In 2002, she co-authored a report for UNHCR/SC-UK on the sexual exploitation of refugee children by aid workers and peacekeepers in West Africa which led to global policy on sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) for the first time, including the 2003 UN Secretary-General Bulletin. She has been engaged with this issue ever since, through independent research and advocacy as well by providing technical services (e.g. evaluations, risk assessments, investigations etc.) to multilateral organisations, donor governments and NGOs.
Asmita is a recognised expert in the field and has been asked to speak at global events, to provide commentary to the media and to participate in high-level fora as an independent voice e.g. FCDO facilitated Cross-Sector Safeguarding Group; UK Parliament International Development Committee (Specialist Advisor on Safeguarding); former Core Humanitarian Standards (CHS) Alliance Complaints Committee; Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) AAP and PSEA Technical Experts Groups.
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