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Get the latest news and analysis on global justice issues and join in the debate. Our bloggers include WDM staff as well as activists from around the world who work on a broad range of subjects.

Our blog links experiences in the UK to issues affecting people globally, and covers everything from energy justice, climate change and the WTO, to TTIP, food sovereignty and aid.

If you've got something to say and are interested in blogging for us, please get in touch.

Latest posts

We should learn from the experience of the failed structural adjustment policies of the 1980s and 1990s


19 October 2010


The experience of developing countries should be sounding alarm bells for us all. Austerity measures in the form of structural adjustment plans pushed by the IMF and World Bank in the 1980s and 1990s had devastating effects on the world’s poor. Poverty, inequality and injustice all increased massively as safety nets for the poorest where slashed in favour of big business.

Where did all our money go and why isn't it being spent on something useful?


15 October 2010

This morning I read the new economics foundation’s new report Where did our money go? – building a banking system fit for purpose. The report looks at the causes of the financial crisis, what the results have been and – more importantly – what can be done to reform the banking sector.

Does WDM express its values enough?


12 October 2010

Since I joined WDM last year, I’ve been thinking a lot about “narrative”. WDM is against injustice; against poverty; against inequality. A quick trawl through our campaigns and you’ll often see us saying “stop” something – stop betting on hunger; stop RBS from spending money on tar sands: stop, stop, stop.

Wheat prices are the highest since the food crisis in 2008


06 August 2010

Wheat prices have hit a two year high. Prices are again climbing steeply for wheat and, despite claims by some analysts in the media, there is plenty of wheat available and talk of global shortages is unfounded.

How to launch a campaign...


26 July 2010

Ingredients
1 full page article in the Guardian newspaper
1 interview on BBC Radio 4 Today programme
1 interview on BBC Newsnight
10 articles across other newspapers
31 articles online
900 sign ups to a phone action,
65 comments on our website

Take all the ingredients and combine well to create heat and froth.

Who are you cheering for in the World Cup?


11 June 2010

4 June 2010

We have recently launched www.whoshouldicheerfor.com – a website that ranks the countries playing in the World Cup based on development and social justice indicators such as income inequality, maternal mortality rates and carbon emissions per capita.

The battle for the world food system: an interview with Raj Patel


07 June 2010

Raj Patel is the author of 'Stuffed and Starved: the hidden battle for the world food system', an excellent analysis of how corporations dominate the world food system to the detriment of ordinary people the world over, and also what we can do about it.

Meeting with Philip Hampton, Chairman of RBS


30 April 2010

I’ve been campaigning for stronger corporate accountability for a fairly long time. So it should come as no surprise to me that I don’t generally see eye to eye with corporate executives. But sometimes, just sometimes, you hope the facts speak for themselves – and that those corporate executives would have a sudden attack of conscience.

Blog post: The most dangerous dog


16 March 2010

Here in the UK, the review of legislation on dangerous dogs has caught media attention – how some dogs are being bred as weapons to intimate others and at times have attacked vulnerable people like children.

General election: Vote for global justice


23 February 2010

Ahead of the 2010 UK general election, WDM policy officer Tim Jones gives a snapshot of where the parties stand on issues that affect the world’s poorest people.


WDM and over 100 other organisations have challenged the major political parties to back a development manifesto, Vote Global. So how do the main parties stack up on key global poverty issues?

Blog post: Fairtrade


23 February 2010

Yesterday the Fairtrade Foundation launched the start of their annual campaigning event: ‘Fairtrade Fortnight’ with the news that the value of Fairtrade sales, was up on 2008

Blog post: World Trade Organisation's latest attempt to defuse resistance


27 January 2010

Earlier this week, the World Trade Organisation (WTO) announced a new programme to support teaching on trade policy and ‘WTO-related matters’ in universities in developing countries. This programme would fund teaching, research and outreach on trade issues à la WTO.

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