Southern Voices is a network of people committed to bringing the knowledge and understanding of Southern* and Black* people to the global issues that are central to education and to living in the world today.

Formed in October 1990, and originally named the Southern Voices Project, it was the brainchild and inspiration of a group of post-graduate students from the various Manchester universities and founded by them with the support of exiles, Diaspora and local British people.

It was a critical response to the exclusion of Southern people in discussions as well as the negativity in images and information of the Global South. This included information generated in classrooms, learning institutions and ‘development’ charities.


* We use the words Southern and Black to mean people who have their roots in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean; and those who faced discrimination and oppression because of the colour of their skin and/or ethnicity.