NorthSouth Group

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The NorthSouth Group was formed out of a concern for the persistence of poverty and vulnerability. Main areas of focus are adolescent health and development, youth employment, child protection, disability, gender equity and menís participation, and water and sanitation. We come from international agencies, NGOs, academia and government. Our mission is to collaborate with local partners and communities to improve the health and well-being of those at risk.

Focus Areas

Adolescent health and development: The world's population of young people is the largest in history. Ninety percent live in developing countries. New epidemics are making young people worldwide increasingly vulnerable. [Read more]

Youth employment: Unemployment increases the exposure of youth to many social and economic risks, particularly in poor and conflict-affected countries. [Read more]

Child protection: The well-being of millions of children continues to be compromised. Increasingly large numbers become orphans, street children, refugees, victims of war and emergencies, migrant workers, or abused and exploited. [Read more]

Disability:  Around 400 million people in developing countries live with a disability, outnumbering most other marginalized groups. More than 200 million are children and youth. [Read more]

Gender and men's participation:  Women comprise seventy percent of the world's poor. Their life-long lack of empowerment and their weak position within the family structure is a major factor in the entrenched high rates of poverty and poor maternal health. [Read more]

Water and sanitation:  Safe water and sanitation are critical for human health. More than one billion people are without access to safe water. [Read more]


Millenium Development Goals are:

1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
2. Achieve universal primary education
3. Promote gender equality and empower women
4. Reduce child mortality
5. Improve maternal health
6. Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases  
7. Ensure environmental sustainability
8. Develop a global partnership for development 



The Niblock Charitable Trust is funding our work in Kenya to support orphans and vulnerable children.

ExxonMobil The NorthSouth Group receives a grant for its outreach work from the ExxonMobil Foundation.

NorthSouth Group Advisory Committee member Mariam Khokhar is awarded International Organization for Migration Director General's Award for her contribution to IOM's immediate earthquake response.

International Organization for Migration Award

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NorthSouth Group discusses human trafficking at the International Health Conference at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Human Trafficking

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