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.

Water and Sanitation

Water and SanitationWater supply quantity and quality, and sanitation, are critical factors in human health, ecosystems, agricultural production, biodiversity, energy, and natural environment. Water affects everything. It has economic, political, and social implications. It affects girls’ access to education, women’s opportunities and security, and infant mortality. Water is a national security issue and lack of water due to increased depletion of water resources may bring unanticipated geopolitical changes. It is estimated that more than one billion people are without access to safe water. More than twice that many lack adequate sanitation which are key elements for the improvement of health and well being, particularly for the poor. In much of the developing world, modern management practices and scientific techniques are needed to develop, protect and manage water supplies, to optimize water supply, and to protect water quality.


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IWMI: Poverty, Gender and Water
World Bank: Water and Poverty
KERP: Water Poverty Index
Pacific Institute: Water Data
WHO: 'Preventing disease through healthy environments'



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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