Daisy Francis brings 30-plus years of experience working in international human rights, humanitarian law, refugee law, and development to her role as the Senior Manager, Children and Youth Initiative.
Before joining InterAction, Daisy served as the Advocacy Strategy and Technical Advisor at World Vision U.S. (WVUS) where she led the policy work on the Sustainable Development Goals and coordinated WVUS’ participation and work at the G7/G20. She also supported department-wide efforts in strategy development; the integration of advocacy across all aspects of WVUS’ International Programs Group; and, advocacy-focused resource/grant acquisition.
Prior to joining WVUS, Daisy worked at Catholic Relief Services (CRS), initially as the Asia Issues Advisor and subsequently, as the Protection Issues Advisor, where she supported CRS’ efforts to increase the capacity of partners and staff in protection analysis and field-based programming. Additionally, she was responsible for developing policy and advocacy positions related to global protection concerns, as well as discussion papers on emerging issues, such as CRS’ emergency response capacity in urban settings.
Daisy began work in faith-based organizations as the co-director of the Canada-Asia Working Group (CAWG), an ecumenical human rights project which was based in Toronto, Canada. Over the 13-years that Daisy served at CAWG, the office focused on human rights in 12 Asian countries, with policy and advocacy efforts targeting both the Canadian government and the U.N. system, particularly the U.N. Commission on Human Rights [now the Human Rights Council] and the treaty body mechanisms. Daisy led the Canadian human rights NGO community in developing positions related to the right to food, the intellectual property rights of Indigenous populations, and broadly, on economic, social, and cultural rights. She is a proud Canadian, originally from Kerala, India, who resists all attempts to get her to say ‘EH’!