Dr Meg Davis
Sara L.M. Davis (known as Meg) is the coordinator for the Thematic Seminars on Sexual Violence in Conflict Settings and Emergencies. In addition to her role with us she is also a visiting scholar with the Centre for Human Rights and Global Justice at New York University School of Law.
Her research focuses on global health aid, measurement of impact of human rights on health, and health and human rights in Asia. She was the first senior human rights advisor at The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. At the Global Fund, she led the process of establishing minimum human rights standards for grant agreements in 140 countries that receive Global Fund support; launched a human rights complaints procedure at the Global Fund Office of the Inspector General; and published and implemented grant guidance on funding human rights programs as part of Global Fund HIV, TB, malaria and Health System Strengthening grants.
As a long-time human rights practitioner, Meg has worked with dozens of community-based organizations and networks in Asia and Africa on community-led human rights documentation, advocacy, strategic planning and organizational management. She was the China researcher at Human Rights Watch, where she authored four human rights reports, and then founded human rights group Asia Catalyst, where she is now a member of the board. She is also a member of the advisory committee for China Development Brief.
Meg earned her Ph.D. at University of Pennsylvania, and has continued active engagement in scholarship through research. Now she consults for UNAIDS, the Developing Country NGO Delegation to the Board of the Global Fund, Global Philanthropy Projects, and African Men for Sexual Health and Rights (AMSHeR), among others.
She is fluent in Chinese, and also speaks French, Thai, and Tai Lue. She has a blog, and posts on Twitter @saralmdavis.
- Coordinator - Sexual Violence in Conflict Setting and Emergencies Thematic Short Course.
Fields of Interest
- Global health aid
- measurement of impact of human rights on health
- health and human rights in Asia.
- Song and Silence: Ethnic Revival on China’s Southwest Borders. Columbia University Press, 2005.
- Measuring the Impact of Human Rights on Health in Global Health Financing – from Health and Human Rights 17/2, December 2015.
- Human Rights and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria – from Health and Human Rights 1/16, January 2014.
- with Mark Heywood, Prejudice Mars China’s AIDS Record, Wall Street Journal Asia, November 2011.
- with Li Dan, Emerging Human Rights Issues in China’s Response to HIV/AIDS – in HIV/AIDS Law and Policy Review, 15/1, October 2010.
- with Agus Triwahyuono and Risa Alexander, Survey of Abuses Against Injecting Drug Users in Indonesia — from Harm Reduction Journal, 6/28, Oct 2009.
- Dance, or Else: The Politics of Ethnic Culture on China’s Southwest Borders – from The Asia-Pacific Journal/Japan Focus, February 2007.
- The Writing on the Wall: Marking the Limits of Ethnicity on China’s Borders – from Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia 7, September 2006.