World Development Movement

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World Development Movement
Abbreviation WDM
Formation 1970
Type NGO
Purpose Global Justice issues
Headquarters 66 Offley Road, Kennington, London SW9 0LS
Region served Worldwide
Chair Paul de Hoest
Main organ Council
Paul Kingsnorth speaking at a World Development Movement meeting at the Oxford Town Hall, March 8, 2006.

The World Development Movement (WDM) is a membership organisation in the United Kingdom which campaigns on issues of global justice and development in the Global South.

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:

  • 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.[1] It participates in international networks such as the Our World is Not for Sale network on trade and corporate globalisation,[2] and the World Social Forum.[3]


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.

WDM has an associated charity, the WDM Trust, which funds WDM’s charitable activities.[4]

WDM was a co-founder of the Fairtrade Foundation in 1992, Jubilee 2000 in 1997, the Trade Justice Movement in 2000, and the 2005 anti-poverty mobilisation Make Poverty History.

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[5].

Climate change[edit]

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.[citation needed]

From 2010 WDM ran a campaign on climate debt opposing the UK government's plans to give money in the form of climate loans to already heavily indebted poor countries in the global South.[6]


  1. ^ "About World Development Movement". Archived from the original on 2008-02-23. Retrieved 2008-05-22. 
  2. ^ "Signatories to the OWINFS statement". Retrieved 2008-05-22. [dead link]
  3. ^ "WDM in East Africa". Retrieved 2008-05-22. 
  4. ^ "WDM Annual review for 2005". Archived from the original on 2007-02-18. Retrieved 2007-02-19. 
  5. ^ Dearden, Nick. "WDM members vote to change our name". Retrieved 15 December 2014. 
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