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About Senior Partner David South


David South is the founder and senior partner for David South International and David South Consulting. He has worked around the world for the United Nations and has led a number of groundbreaking projects for major institutions. Clients have included the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (GOSH)/Institute of Child Health (ICH)/National Health Service (NHS), Harvard Institute for International Development, UNICEF, World Bank, USAID, and the Hannah Institute for the History of Medicine, among others. 

He has worked for, or side-by-side, with many high-level senior professionals and executives.  These experienced professionals had roles under close public scrutiny and needed to show the impact of their work to a tight deadline.  

He has been the editor for the United Nations magazine Southern Innovator since 2010. He also researched and wrote the influential United Nations e-newsletter Development Challenges, South-South Solutions (2007-2014). He has over two decades’ experience in media and journalism (developing strong relationships with many top journalists and media professionals), health and human development and the role innovation plays in transforming major organisations while getting the most from people tackling complex problems in challenging environments.


I am an international development consultant with over 20 years’ experience. I specialise in media, health communications, development strategies, project management and publishing. I have led high-profile projects in Asia, Canada and the UK. This work has included a number of groundbreaking, award-winning new media projects.

United Nations Global Marketplace ( Vendor.

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I have managed and delivered projects to tight deadlines, with extensive public scrutiny and under difficult country conditions. I keep a cool head and am a seasoned trouble-shooter.


University of Toronto: BA Honours in Political Science and History


BBC: Managing Complex New Media Projects

International Health Exchange: Humanitarian Aid: Policies and Practice


English, Mongolian


High-quality, award-winning offline and online publishing has been key to larger successes. Examples can be found on this website along with cited work in books, journals, papers and online here:

Archived work can be found on various platforms here: Scribd:;

My books, magazines, newsletters, papers and research materials are archived at

Journalism by theme and timeline can be found here: 

My journalism portfolio on Muck Rack:


I have launched and overseen a number of high-profile, high-impact, and award-winning online projects. My roles have been as strategist, project manager and/or content provider: 

GOSH/ICH Child Health Portal

Southern Innovator Online Archive

UNDP Mongolia Development Web Portal

UN Ukraine Development Web Portal

Graphic Design

High-quality graphic design and illustration has played a key role in project success. Some examples are below: 

Client: Case Study 7: UNOSSC + UNDP | 2007 - 2016 Images

Client: Case Study 5: GOSH/ICH Child Health Portal | 2001 - 2003 Images

Social Media

An early adopter of social media, DSC/DSI has been able to reach across borders and cultures to spread the message on innovation. One Twitter account, @SouthSouth1, was called “one of the best sources out there for news and info on #solutions to #SouthSouth challenges (Adam Rogers, Assistant Director, Regional Representative, Europe, United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation - UNOSSC)”.

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Thank You!

The achievements detailed on this web portfolio are down to fruitful collaboration and wise mentoring. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the ever-growing list of people who have helped me in one way or another over the years.

© David South Consulting 2017

Publishing @ David South Consulting | 1990 - 2017


Beginning with work on newsletters for various organizations, improving communication with their members (including Canada’s prestigious Hannah Institute for the History of Medicine), DSC/DSI moved into mass-market magazine publishing by the mid-1990s, and by the late 1990s was running Mongolia’s largest online and offline bilingual publishing operation for the United Nations.

This operation spanned the breadth of media, from newsletters to magazines to books as well as innovative websites and online publications. It was in daily contact with journalists from the world’s top news organizations, leading to the publishing of hundreds of original stories on developing Mongolia. 

With the experience gained in Mongolia working for the United Nations, DSC/DSI began work in the early 2000s on innovative online resources for the UK’s top children’s hospital and research institute, winning many awards and being called a “role model”.

After consulting for various UN missions in the mid-2000s, DSC/DSI was contracted in 2007 by the United Nations for an ambitious project to raise the profile of South-South cooperation in global development and to champion the rising 21st century global innovator culture emerging from the mobile and information technology revolution.  


Accessing Global Markets Via Design Solutions, Development Challenges, South-South Solutions, March 2009

Baker Cookstoves - Designing for the African Customer, Development Challenges, South-South Solutions, December 2013

Big Data Can Transform the Global South's Growing Cities, Development Challenges, South-South Solutions, June 2014

Cities for All shows how the world's poor are building ties across the global South, Global Urbanist, 24 August 2010

Cooking Bag Helps Poor Households Save Time, Money, Development Challenges, South-South Solutions, April 2012

Debt-free Homes for the Poor, Development Challenges, South-South Solutions, January 2009

Freedom of Expression: Introducing Investigative Journalism to Local Media in Mongolia 1999, UNV News, 5 June 1999

Illiterate Get Internet at Touch of a Button, Development Challenges, South-South Solutions, April 2008

Innovations in Green Economy: Top Three Agenda,, December 2013

Lamas Against AIDS, UB Post (Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia), 5 November 1997

Lima to Delhi: What can be Learned on Urban Resilience?,, March 2015

Mobile Phone Microscopes to Revolutionize Health Diagnostics, Development Challenges, South-South Solutions, July 2013

Philippine Conference Tackles Asia's AIDS Crisis, UB Post (Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia), 28 October 1997

Safety at Stake, Annex Gleaner (Toronto, Canada), February 1997

South-South Cooperation for Cities in Asia,, July 2014

South-South Trade Helping Countries During Economic Crisis, Development Challenges, South-South Solutions, June 2014

Starting from Scratch: The Challenge of Transition, UNV News, November 1997 

State of Decay: Haiti Turns to Free-market Economics and the UN to Save Itself, Id Magazine (Canada), 11-25 July 1996

Study Says Jetliner Air Quality Poses Health Risks: CUPE Takes on Airline Industry with Findings on Survey, Now Magazine, 11-17 March 1993 

Take Two Big Doses of Humanity and Call Me in the Morning, The Toronto Star, 1 January 1993

Taking Medicine to the People: Four Innovators in Community Health, Canadian Living, January 1993

2011 Trends for the South, David South Consulting, January 2011

Undercurrents: A Cancellation at CBC TV Raises a Host of Issues for the Future, Scan Magazine, April/May 1997

Profile on the Muck Rack platform:


In the Interests of the Exploited?: The Role of Development Pressure Groups in the UK

Pax Chaotica: A Re-evaluation of Post-WWII Economic and Political Order

Southern Innovator and the Growing Global Innovation CultureBackground Paper for the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC)

A Steppe Back?: Economic Liberalisation and Poverty Reduction in Mongolia

The Sweet Smell of Failure: The World Bank and the Persistence of Poverty


2000 to Present

Development Challenges, South-South Solutions Newsletter, 2007-2014, United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (ISSN 2227-3905)

Evaluation of the Millennium Development Goals Education Media Project, 2005, UNDP Mongolia 

GOSH Child Health Portal

A Marketing and e-Marketing Strategy – the New SASVO, 2004-2005, UNDP South Africa 

Southern Innovator and Development Challenges, South-South Solutions Summary of Impact: 2007-2012, 2015, David South Consulting

Southern Innovator Magazine from 2011 to 2012: A Compilation of Documents from the Magazine's Early Years, 2015, David South Consulting 

Southern Innovator Magazine from 2012 to 2014: A Compilation of Documents from the Magazine's Recent Years, 2015, David South Consulting 

Southern Innovator Magazine: Agribusiness and Food Security Issue E-Version (ISSN 2227-0523)

Southern Innovator Magazine: Cities and Urbanization Issue (ISBN 978-0-9920217-0-2) (ISSN 2222-9280)

Southern Innovator Magazine: Mobile Phones and Information Technology Issue (ISSN 2222-9280)

Southern Innovator Magazine: Waste and Recycling Issue (ISBN 978-0-9920217-1-9) (ISSN 2222-9280)

Southern Innovator Magazine: Youth and Entrepreneurship Issue E-Version (ISSN 2227-0523)

UNDAF Annual Review 2005: A Partnership Between the Government of Turkmenistan and the United Nations Country Team

UNDP Mongolia Partnership for Progress 1997 to 1999 Key Documents, 2015, David South Consulting

1990 to 2000

Blue Sky Bulletin Issue Number 1

Blue Sky Bulletin Issue Number 2

Blue Sky Bulletin Issue Number 3

Blue Sky Bulletin Issue Number 4

Blue Sky Bulletin Issue Number 5

Blue Sky Bulletin Issue Number 6

Blue Sky Bulletin Issue Number 7

Blue Sky Bulletin Issue Number 8

Blue Sky Bulletin Issue Number 9

Blue Sky Bulletin Issue Number 10

Environmental Public Awareness Handbook: Case Studies and Lessons Learned in Mongolia, 1999 (ISBN 992950137)

Ger Magazine, 1998-1999, UNDP Mongolia Communications Office

Ger Magazine: Modern Life Issue

Ger Magazine: Youth Issue

Hannah Institute for the History of Medicine Newsletter, 1992-1993 

Human Development Report Mongolia 1997

Id Magazine

In Their Own Words: Selected Writings by Journalists on Mongolia, 1997-1999 (ISBN 99929-5-043-9)

Mongolian AIDS Bulletin, 1997, UNDP Mongolia Communications Office

Mongolian Green Book

Mongolian Rock and Pop Book (ISBN 99929-5-018-8)

Mongolia Update - Coverage of 1998 Political Changes

Mongolia Update 1997

Mongolia Update 1998

Mongolia Update 1999

New Media Markets, 1995, Financial Times Newsletters

Partnership for Progress (UNDP Mongolia)

Peril and Promise: Higher Education in Developing Countries, 1999, World Bank/UNESCO Task Force on Higher Education (for River Path Associates)

Screen Finance, 1995, Financial Times Newsletters

UN Mongolia Annual Report, 1997-1998, UNDP Mongolia Communications Office

UNDP Mongolia Online Development Portal, 1997-1999, UNDP Mongolia Communications Office

UNDP in Mongolia: The Guide, 1997-1999, UNDP Mongolia Communications Office

Watch Magazine


Busted: An Illustrated History of Drug Prohibition in Canada by Susan Boyd, Fernwood Publishing, 2017, ISBN 978-1-55266-976-1

Dateline Mongolia: An American Journalist in Nomad’s Land by Michael Kohn, RDR Books, 2006, ISBN 1-57143-155-1

The Devil and the Disappearing Sea: A True Story About the Aral Sea Catastrophe by Robert Ferguson, Raincoast Books, 2003, ISBN 1-55192-599-0

The Horse-head Fiddle and the Cosmopolitan Reimagination of Mongolia by Peter K. Marsh, Taylor and Francis, 2008, ISBN 041597156X, 9780415971560

Modern Mongolia: From Khans to Commissars to Capitalists by Morris Rossabi, University of California Press, 2005, ISBN 0-520-24399-4

Mongolian Rock and Pop: In Our Own Voice (in Mongolian), ISBN 99929-5-018-8

Recollections of a Neighbourhood: Huron-Sussex from UTS to Stop Spadina by Nancy Williams and Marie Scott-Baron (Eds.), Words Indeed Publishing, 2013, ISBN 978-0-9865166-4-1

Wild East: Travels in the New Mongolia by Jill Lawless, ECW Press, 2000, ISBN 1-55022-434-4 (

Blue Sky Bulletin

Bounty from the Sheep: Autobiography of a Herdsman by Tserendashiin Namkhainiambuu, Inner Asia Book Series, White Horse, 2000

Modern Mongolia: From Khans to Commissars to Capitalists by Morris Rossabi, University of California Press, 2005 

Mongols from Country to City: Floating Boundaries, Pastoralism and City Life in the Mongol Lands edited by Ole Bruun and Li Narangoa, Issue 34 of NIAS Studies in Asian Topics, Nordisk Institut for Asienstudier, NIAS Press, 2006

Development Challenges, South-South Solutions

The beauty of success: Going for growth in the household and personal care sector, EY (Ernst & Young Global Limited), 2014 

Beyond Gated Communities by Samer Bagaeen and Ola Uduku, Routledge, 2015, ISBN 1317659058 

Export Now: Five Keys to Entering New Markets by Frank Lavin and Peter Cohan, John Wiley & Sons, 2011

Foreign Correspondence by John Maxwell Hamilton and Regina G. Lawrence, Routledge, 2013 

The Liverpool Companion to World Science Fiction Film by Sonja Fritzsche, Oxford University Press, 2014 

Mobiles + Micro-payments = The New Future of Money, Evoke, 2010 

Ger Magazine

A Complete Guide on Celebrations, Festivals and Holidays around the World by Sarah Whelan, Asteroid Content, 2015

Gale Directory of Publications and Broadcast Media by Jeff Summer, Gale Group, 2001

Mongol Survey, Issue 8, The Society, 2001

Mongolian Culture and Society in the Age of Globalization by Henry G. Schwarz (editor), Center for East Asian Studies, Western Washington University, 2006

Nations in Transition: Mongolia by Jennifer L. Hanson, Infobase Publishing, 2003

Teen Life in Asia by Judith J. Slater, Greenwood Publishing Group, 2004

World Press Encyclopedia: A Survey of Press Systems Worldwide, Volume 1 by Amanda C. Quick, Gale Group, 2003

GOSH Child Health Portal Phase 1a by David South, 2003

GOSH Child Health Portal Phase 1b by David South, 2003

GOSH Child Health Portal Phase 2a by David South, 2003

GOSH Child Health Portal Phase 2b by David South, 2003

GOSH Child Health Portal Phase 3 by David South, 2003

GOSH Project Launch Brochure and Screen Grabs, 2001-2003 by David South, 2003
The Great Ormond Street Hospital Manual of Children's Nursing Practices by Susan Macqueen, Elizabeth Bruce and Faith Gibson, John Wiley & Sons, 2012

Help! My Child's in Hospital by Becky Wauchope, Marbec Family Trust, 2012

Oxford Desk Reference: Nephrology by Jonathan Barratt, Peter Topham and Kevin P. G. Harris, Oxford University Press, 2008

Research Review 2001: A Year of Excellence and Innovation, Institute of Child Health and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust, 2001

Research Review 2002: Building on Success, Institute of Child Health and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust, 2002  

Human Development Report Mongolia 1997

Change in Democratic MongoliaSocial Relations, Health, Mobile Pastoralism, and Mining, 2012

Curbing Corruption in Asian Countries: An Impossible Dream? by Jon S. T. Quah, Emerald Group Publishing, 2011

Diseases of Globalization: Socioeconomic Transition and Health by Christine McMurray and Roy Smith, Routledge, 2013

Economic Institutions and Democratic ReformA Comparative Analysis of Post-communist Countries by Ole Norgaard, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2000

Educational Import: Local Encounters with Global Forces in Mongolia by Gita Steiner-Khamsi and Ines Stolpe, Palgrave Macmillan, 2006 

Group Behaviour and Development: Is the Market Destroying Cooperation? by Judith Heyer, Frances Stewart, Rosemary Thorp, OUP Oxford, 2002

Higher Education in the Developing WorldChanging Contexts and Institutional Responses by David W. Chapman and Ann E. Austin, Greenwood Publishing Group, 2002 

Markets and Moralities: Ethnographies of Postsocialism by Ruth Mandel and Caroline Humphrey, Berg Publishers, 2002

Modern Mongolia: From Khans to Commissars to Capitalists by Morris Rossabi, University of California Press, 2005 

Rethinking Development in East Asia: From Illusory Miracle to Economic Crisis by Pietro Masina, Routledge, 2012

Truth, History and Politics in Mongolia: Memory of Heroes by Christopher Kaplonski, Routledge, 2004

Id Magazine

Mongolia Update 1998 

Bounty from the Sheep: Autobiography of a Herdsman by Tserendashiin Namkhainiambuu, Inner Asia Book Series, White Horse, 2000

Selection and Preparation of Australian Expatriates and Business People for Postings in Mongolia by Gantsetseg O’Brien and Greg Trotman, Department of Marketing, International Business and Tourism, University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia, Working Paper 99/3, December 1999. Website:

Semi-Presidentialism Outside Europe: A Comparative Study edited by Robert Elgie and Sophia Moestrup, Routledge, 2007

Transition and Democracy in Mongolia by Richard Pomfret, Europe-Asia Studies, Vol. 52, No. 1, 2000, 149-160. Website: 

Mongolian Rock and Pop Book

Collaborative Nationalism: The Politics of Friendship on China's Mongolian Frontier by Uradyn E. Bulag, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2010

Culture and Customs of Mongolia by Timothy Michael May, Greenwood Press, 2009

Modern Mongolia: From Khans to Commissars to Capitalsts by Morris Rossabi, University of California Press, 2005

Southern Innovator (

Afro-futurism and the aesthetics of hope in Bekolo's Les Saignantes and Kahiu's Pumzi by Mich Nyawalo, Journal of the African Literature Association, Volume 10, 2016, Issue 2

Decoding the Brand DNA: A Design Methodology Applied to Favela Fashion by Magali Olhats, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina Florianopolis, 2012

Evaluation of Kenyan Film Industry: Historical Perspective by Edwin Ngure Nyutho, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Nairobi, 2015

Evaluation of the Regional Programme for Africa (2008-2013), UNDP Independent Evaluation Office, 2013

Export Now: Five Keys to Entering New Markets by Frank Lavin and Peter Cohan, John Wiley & Sons, 2011

High-level Committee on South-South Cooperation Seventeenth Session: Framework of operational guidelines on United Nations support to South-South and triangular cooperation: Note by the Secretary-General, 22-25 May 2012, New York

Mobilising Finance for Infrastructure: A Study for the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Cambridge Economic Policy Associates Ltd., August 2015

The New Middle Class and Urban Transformation in Africa: A Case Study of Accra, Ghana by Komiete Tetteh, The University of British Colombia, 2016

Reberberation: Musicians and the Mobilization of Tradition in the Berber Culture Movement by TMG Wiedenkenner et al, The University of Arizona,  2013

"Slam the Slums": Understanding architecture through the poor by Malini Foobalan, November 26th, 2009

Song Lines: Mapping the South African Live Performance Landscape: Report of the CSA 2013 Live Mapping Project Compiled by Concerts South Africa, Samro Foundation, 2013 

A Sociological Approach to Health Determinants by Toni Schofield, Cambridge University Press, 2016

Strategic Framework of the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation, 2014-2017, Executive Board of the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Population Fund and the United Nations Office for Project Services, 27 to 31 January 2014, New York

Young Girls' Affective Responses to Access and Use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Information-Poor Societies by Dania Bilal et al, New Directions in Children's and Adolescents' Information Behavior Research, Library and Information Science, Volume 10, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2014

Youth Empowered as Catalysts for Sustainable Human Development: UNDP Youth Strategy 2014-2017, United Nations Development Programme, Bureau for Development Policy

Asian Perspective, Volume 25, Insitute for Far Eastern Studies, Kyung Nam University, 2001

Modern Mongolia: Reclaiming Genghis Khan, An Exhibit of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Rethinking Development in East Asia: From Illusory Miracle to Economic Crisis by Pietro Masina, Routledge, 2012
Tulsa Journal of Comparative & International Law, Volume 7, 1999

Recollections of a Neighbourhood: Huron-Sussex from UTS to Stop Spadina by Nancy Williams and Marie Scott-Baron (Eds.), Words Indeed Publishing, 2013, ISBN 978-0-9865166-4-1

Wikipedia page: Read about the Ger Magazine project from 1998 to 2000 on its new Wikipedia page. Ger Magazine was Mongolia's first online magazine and was launched in the middle of the twin crises of the biggest peacetime, post-WWII economic collapse and the 1997 to 1998 Asian Crisis. The country was also experiencing the consequences of shock therapy and austerity measures.

© David South Consulting 2017


UNDP Mongolia Media Coverage | 1997 - 1999


As head of communications for UNDP/UN Mongolia, I cultivated a good relationship with local and foreign media. This had many benefits for the mission, including extensive coverage of Mongolia and the UN's work. A small sample of the stories this relationship generated were published in the book In Their Own Words: Selected Writings by Journalists on Mongolia, 1997-1999 (ISBN 99929-5-043-9). Rather than having a confrontational relationship with the media, we found facilitating a constant flow of information back and forth led to many great stories, great adventures and the opportunity to meet highly talented journalists and other media professionals: all to the benefit of the UNDP Mongolia Communications Office. 


In Their Own Words was published in 1999 by UNDP Mongolia.
Der Spiegel is a German weekly news magazine and is one of Europe's largest publications of its kind. It chose my photo taken in the Gobi desert for its profile of the Internet revolution in 1998.

Other Resources

Today's journalists have to contend with a very different world to what existed in the mid to late 1990s. The ubiquity of electronic devices - and surveillance - means it can be risky and even dangerous to contact sources using these tools. A free guide is available to help journalists protect themselves and sources. Written by a journalist, the Online Privacy Guide for Journalists 2017: A Guide for the Savvy Journalist in a World of Ever Decreasing Privacy, can be found here: For an explanation of the difference between a VPN (virtual private network) and a proxy, this short video from ExpressVPN on YouTube can help: What's the difference between a proxy and VPN?.


Interviews for the GOSH Child Health Portal | 2001-2003

 An interview in the hospital newsletter Roundabout.

Roundabout, November 2001 Issue No. 18

Joint Website Launched

A two-year project to turn our joint institution’s website ( into a respected child health portal got underway with the launch of the first phase of development in September. The second phase of content development will get the site ship shape for a UK-wide publicity campaign as the hospital’s 150th birthday celebrations begin in January.

The site’s web editor, David South, has been working on the project since arriving here in June, having worked on award-winning websites for the United Nations.

“The first phase saw collaboration from staff across both institutions,” he says. “An impressive amount was done, and we have now laid the foundations for future improvements to the content on the site. I really want to offer more for children. Over three million children in the UK now surf the internet.”

The opportunity for both institutions is enormous. As the internet has evolved, it has become increasingly clear that the future of its development lies in the public sphere. US government sites now outstrip commercial operations, selling far more books than the largest online bookseller, Here in the UK, the site is working to offer one-stop access to all government services, including health care.

Unlike commercial operations, the hospital and the Institute are an unbiased resource for the public to turn to. Currently, the joint site has more than 180 factsheets for families covering tests and procedures, illnesses and diseases and operations. It also has the complete archive of Dr. Jane Collins’ Times column, with its jargon-free look at child health issues.

“This being London, we have the unique advantage of being at the centre of so many developments, and having the opportunity to communicate this through our website,” says David South.

Across the NHS the Modernisation Plan involves the largest data collection exercise in its history. More and more resources will be offered online, and the content produced by individual trusts like ours will be linked with national sites like NHS Direct.

New GOSH/ICH website

With over three million children in the UK now using the internet, and a total of 33 million UK citizens accessing it through work, school or the home, no organisation can afford not to make the most of this valuable communications tool. Estimates vary, but some put the number of health-related websites at more than 100,000. Trust is an even more important issue, as users search for accurate information. It is in this context that the new hospital and ICH website,, launched in September. Web editor David South puts us in the picture.

The new site reflects the hard work and collaboration of staff across both institutions, and it is hoped it will quickly make its mark as a trusted resource on complex child health issues. The site also becomes one of the most visible signs of our on-going modernisation programme, and can uniquely tie together the breadth of our work in a way that no other medium can. The site development project spans two years and will fit in with the wider move across the NHS to offer a wide range of services online.

The next phase of the site’s development is aimed at getting the site ready for a larger publicity campaign slated to coincide with the hospital’s 150th birthday celebrations with start in January. In preparation for this public launch, a number of improvements will be made to the site’s content, interactivity, platform and design. To put it simply, the site should become a critical first stop for anybody seeking our services, or wanting to learn more about the latest research and care developments in the field of complex child issues.

The joint site will also be available via Gosweb for staff in the hospital who don’t already have internet access.

As the project evolved, regular updates were communicated to colleagues and the public through the media.

© David South Consulting 2017

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New Magazine Targets Innovators in Global South | 2011