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.

Child protection

Poverty in childhood is a root cause of poverty in adulthood 


Child ProtectionThe well-being of millions of children continues to be compromised. Over one billion children are severely deprived of at least one of the essential goods and services they require to survive, grow and develop. They become street children, refugees, victims of war and emergencies, and migrant workers. They are often trapped in prostitution and sexual abuse. 

Child ProtectionChild victims of humanitarian crises who become orphaned or separated from their families may be abducted or become trafficked and forced into prostitution. Children who are subjected to abuse and neglect face shortened lives and life-long poor physical and mental health. Armed conflict and periods of repression increase the risk that children will be tortured. For money or protection, children may turn to ‘survival sex’, which is usually unprotected and carries a high risk of violence and transmission of disease, including HIV/AIDS.


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The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
UN: Study on Violence against Children
UNICEF: State of the World's Children 2006
UNICEF: Progress for Children: A Report Card on Nutrition




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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