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The nations of Africa, Central and Latin America, and most of Asia - collectively known as the Global South - face great challenges and offer real opportunities. Political, social, and economic upheaval are prevalent in many of these nations; at the same time, the populations of the global South and their emerging markets offer immense hopes for economic growth, investment, and cultural contribution.

The global South includes nearly 157 of a total of 184 recognized states in the world, and many have less developed or severely limited resources. Unfortunately, the people of these nations also bear the brunt of some of the greatest challenges facing the international community in the next millennium: poverty, environmental degradation, human and civil rights abuses, ethnic and regional conflicts, mass displacements of refugees, hunger, and disease.

These challenges must be confronted. Finding and implementing solutions will require unprecedented levels of international cooperation, as well as sharing the human material resources of all nations, rich and poor alike. The urgency of these issues - and the potential for growth and change - led American University to create the Center for the Global South.

Did you know...

1.1 billion people do not have access to safe drinking water

2.4 billion people do not have access to adequate sanitation

The average distance that women in Africa and Asia walk to collect water is 6 KM

In developing countries, 91 children out of 1,000 die before their fifth birthday

Of the 6 billion people in today's world, 1.2 billion live below $1 per day

The amount of money that the richest 1% of the world's people make each day equals what the poorest 57% make each year