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.


DisabilityAround 600 million people in developing countries live with a disability, outnumbering most other marginalized groups. Women, children and youth with disabilities remain at the bottom of the income distribution ladder, facing a vicious circle of social exclusion, poverty, and lack of opportunity. They are among the poorest of the poor and are without access to basic services such as health and education. Their primary struggle is to survive and meet basic needs such as food and shelter, particularly when they face severe or multiple disabilities.


DisabilityOne child in ten is born with or acquires a physical, mental, sensory, intellectual, or physical disability due to preventable diseases, congenital causes, malnutrition, micronutrient deficiencies, accidents and injuries, armed conflict, or land mines. Only five percent of disabled children in developing countries have access to support or services of any kind, and less than two percent attend school.





Click to read more:

UN: Summary of Study on Violence against Disabled Children

Disability KAR: Statistics on disability in developing countries

UN World Programme of Action Concerning Disabled Persons

World Bank: YouThink!Disabilities




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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