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Archive of Michael Davies


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Comprises the political and administrative papers and drafts of Michael Davies from his time with the Food and Agriculture Organization and World Bank/IMF Joint Committee on Staff.


  • Creation: 1961-2012


0.9 Linear metres (6 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • English
  • French

Conditions Governing Access

Some material has been removed and is closed.

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. 6759/1].

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MSS. 6759/1-6

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 6759, 6790


Political and administrative drafts and papers of Michael Davies (b. 1944), senior United Nations civil servant.

Biographical / Historical

Michael Davies (b. 1944) commenced his international career with two years in Khartoum as a United Nations Association UK volunteer. In 1969 he joined Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) as an Administrative Officer in Darfur. Between 1970 and 1974 he was Shipping and Payments Officer and then Purchasing Officer with the Purchasing and Control Branch at FAO’s headquarters. Six years followed as the Organization’s Administrative Officer for Kenya, based in Nairobi.

After a further two years at FAO headquarters he moved to New York to be Pay Research Officer, Salaries and Allowances Division, with the International Civil Service Commission, from 1982 to 1986. For the remainder of his career he specialised in compensation, benefits and human resources in general, with the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank, in Washington DC.

Since retirement he has been an independent consultant on pay reform for international organizations as diverse as the Aga Khan Development Network, the European Free Trade Association, the European Investment Bank, INTERPOL, the World Trade Organization, the OPEC Fund for International Development,World Health Organization (WHO) and the Bank for International Settlements. In 2006 he was appointed by the Council of FAO to lead the administration, management and organizational structure component of a comprehensive independent external evaluation of the Organization. He also served as Chairman of the British Association of Former United Nations Civil Servants (BAFUNCS), after which he became Treasurer. Based in the Midlands, he is now a BAFUNCS Vice-President.


Original order has been preserved.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Michael Davies in February and May 2012 as part of the United Nations Career Records Project.

Catalogue of the Archive of Michael Davies
Finding aid prepared by Carys Howell
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom