World Development Movement
|Purpose||Global Justice issues|
|Headquarters||66 Offley Road, Kennington, London SW9 0LS|
|Chair||Paul de Hoest|
Key to WDM’s mission is to promote democratic alternatives, enliven public debate and attract more members of the public to issues.
It aims to:
- Secure important policy change at national, European and international levels – with especial regard to water justice issues; the conditions attached by the International Monetary Fund and World Bank to debt relief.
- Enhance, enlarge and inform the global justice movement through strengthening links between the UK and developing countries.
- Raise public awareness in the UK of the need for fundamental change – from the individual level to those of supra-national institutions.
WDM has a network of local groups as well as individual members, and an office in Edinburgh from which WDM Scotland is run. It participates in international networks such as the Our World is Not for Sale network on trade and corporate globalisation, and the World Social Forum.
WDM started in 1969 as 'Action for World Development' (AWD). Many people who were involved in collecting one million signatures on a petition about world development had seen the need for political campaigning which charity law restricted development charities from undertaking. AWD was formally launched by aid agencies such as Oxfam and Christian Aid, and by churches.
WDM, formed in 1970, extended the work of AWD but as a separate body with its own member groups to decide its policies and priorities. WDM's constitution was subsequently changed to allow individuals as well as local groups to become members.
In late 2006, WDM moved its London offices from Brixton to new premises at 66 Offley Road in Kennington, London.
In 2014, a decision was made to rename the organisation to Global Justice Now.
WDM considers climate change to be a climate justice issue. In 2009 they successfully campaigned to stop new coal-fired power station in Kingsnorth, Kent and Hunterston in Ayrshire because the organisation considered any plans for new coal fired power stations to be incompatible with plans to tackle climate change.
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- "WDM Annual review for 2005". Archived from the original on 2007-02-18. Retrieved 2007-02-19.
- Dearden, Nick. "WDM members vote to change our name". Retrieved 15 December 2014.