Mission & Vision
Our Mission: To develop solutions with sufficient clarity and understanding that will assist entities within the public and private sectors to make better informed business decisions that increase efficiency, productivity and overall profits.
"Building Sustainable Livelihoods and Communities by Eradicating, Poverty, Hunger, Illiteracy and Human Suffering Through Empowerment, Education, Entrepreneurship, Enterprise Development and Economic Development."
Our Vision: NSI intends to be a leading economic development organization that enhances the capabilities of individuals and organizations in private and public sectors through education, training, consultancy, research and policy analysis.
The North-South Institute is an American NGO, a Federal Tax Exempt 501(c) 3
multidisciplinary group. NSI is not affiliated; neither receives any assistance
or resource from the North South Institute located in Ontario, Canada.
Who We Are
The North-South Institute is an American NGO, a Federal Tax Exempt 501(c) 3 multidisciplinary group. NSI is not affiliated; neither receives any assistance or resource from the North South Institute located in Ontario, Canada.
The North-South Institute for International Business, Trade and Sustainable Systems (NSI) is a 501(c) 3 multidisciplinary group whose objective is to promote sustainable development systems and foster eco-economic development within an international business and trade framework. These activities target the developing sectors of the southern United States and emerging markets of selected countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, and Asia. The implementation strategy involves the empowerment and enhancement of the capabilities of individuals, organizations, and industry through education, training, consultancy, research and policy analysis, and asset acquisition towards the development sustainable livelihoods and improved quality of life.
The Institute uses five business units in the delivery of its programs:
• The Center for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development (CEED) providing research, technical assistance, training and outreach
• First Development Capital Fund (FDCF), providing financial and risk management services to clients.
• Land Bank & Workforce Investment Facilitation
• Cooperative Development
• Rural & Small Business Development
In its program implementation it focuses on services in the past to over 3,000 clients (Rural Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), small family farms, marginalized women, youth and the elderly, new American farmers, Women in Business, Veterans in Small Business, Farmers-in-the Middle (Caucasian Farmers in-transition).
The services provided are in the following areas:
•Specialty Food Enterprise Development
•Business Planning, Farm and Agribusiness Management
•On-Farm Solar and Wind Power Generation for Irrigation and Farm Activities
•Resources for Your Farm – Working with USDA and Other Sources
•Skills for Employment in Agriculture and Allied Industries
•Partnership Placement and Apprenticeship Program (PPAP)
Who We Serve
These activities are targeted to developing sectors of the Southern United States (Delta States – AR, MS, LA, and Selected Southern States – AL, GA, FL & SC) and emerging markets of selected countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and Central Eastern Europe.
The clients served are:
How We Serve
The North-South Institute uses four methods in implementing its programs. These are:
Opportunity Assessment and Challenge Solving
The Institute conducts hands-on assessments with the client members in identifying what exist, how they can help themselves, what role the Institute should play, and in event of challenges how to assist as a catalyst in helping the client member(s) to solve them.
Technical Assistance and Training
The Institute assembles and facilitates the best cadre of experts with appropriate skills to provide the requisite knowledge and information such that the client members can become empowered, enlightened and develop the capacity to solve the issues at hand.
The Institute facilitates access to resources by the client members to secure assets. Recognizing that training and technical assistance are needed to build capacity, however, if client members are not provided with or create the opportunity to own assets, their livelihoods will not improved. For example assets could include a small piece of land, a few animals, a small building to pack and store products, an animal or a van to transport products, a small piece of machinery or equipment and finance to cover labor costs, etc.
Partnering and Networking
The Institute recognizes the importance of having the appropriate resources available to best service our client member(s). As a result, we are committed to networking and creating partnerships only with organizations who are like minded in the interest of areas that best serve the needs of our client member(s). The ultimate goal is to implement a successful business plan that will assist in growing their business, products and services, and an increase in revenue.
The major implementation activities annually are driven by the natural productive cycle in a given area. The platforms currently used are as follows:
Statement of Value
The fourteen (14) Tenets of the NSI -- Statement of Values for Balance Growth Development Strategy (BDGS) through Strategic Principles for Sustainable Livelihoods and Improvement of the Quality of Life: