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What does the Global South mean?

The Global South is a term that is often used to identify lower-income countries on one side of the global North-South divide.

It generally refers to countries located in Africa, Asia, Oceania, Latin America and the Caribbean. 

The label of Global South is generally preferred in international relief and development circles as it does not have the same negative connotations as other labels. For example, the term “developing” is increasingly frowned upon as it presumes that such countries must meet a preconceived idea of development. 

Similar to other terms for these countries (third world, developing, periphery, etc.), the term Global South lumps together very diverse social, economic and political experiences into one broad category. It is important to remember that all countries have their own unique experiences and strengths.

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