2018 – Tom Davis

In by Erin Murray

Tom Davis has more than three decades of experience implementing and supporting community-based programs of 34 organizations in underserved communities in 27 countries of Latin America, Africa and Asia. His achievements are legion.

Tom led the implementation of the USAID-supported PVO Child Survival Project, which reached over 1 million people in Mozambique with extraordinary results; has been a true champion of the Care Group approach, sharing the methodology and its advantages to other NGOs and working with them and CORE Group to promote its use by NGOs throughout the world; and is the original developer of the Barrier Analysis methodology, used now by programs throughout the world to tailor health education messages for optimal effectiveness. Tom is also a skilled trainer and has led or facilitated numerous workshops and trainings for programs and program leaders for effective child survival program implementation in underserved communities around the world.

Tom has been one of the CORE Group’s most dynamic and valuable members, serving as a member of the Board of Directors of CORE Group from 2003 to 2010 and its Chairman from 2005 to 2010, a member of the Monitoring and Evaluation Working Group, the Quality Improvement Working Group, and the Social and Behavior Change Working Group (since 2003). Tom has provided programmatic leadership and has been a dynamic force for obtaining grants for numerous organizations throughout his career. He has been a mentor to dozens of program managers, and he has authored or co-authored 15 publications, including six peer-reviewed articles. The inspiration, leadership, and programmatic expertise he has given throughout his career is truly exceptional.

Watch Tom receive the award here.