Founded in 1970, World Development Movement is a democratic movement of individual supporters, campaigners and local groups. Much of our work is in partnership with other organisations in the UK and around the world.
The World Development Movement (WDM) tackles the underlying causes of poverty. We lobby decision makers to change the policies that keep people poor. We research and promote positive alternatives. We work alongside people in the developing world who are standing up to injustice.
The powerful are exploiting the poor to make bigger and bigger profits. Unless we challenge them, we are allowing this injustice to continue. In rich countries like Britain, decisions are made which can make or break the lives of the poor. We can influence those decisions. That’s why our action matters so much.
After years of campaigning, debt cancellation is now on the international agenda. WDM’s High Court victory over the Government stopped British aid budgets being used to support the arms trade instead of the poor. These are just two examples of WDM’s campaign successes.