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Controlling corporations

September 2016

The power of multinational corporations is rapidly expanding and too often big business gets away with exploiting people, disregarding human rights and destroying the environment. But it doesn't have to be this way. Countries from across the global south have come together to push for a new treaty at the United Nations (UN) that could hold transnational corporations to account for corporate abuses under international human rights law.

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0.7% on aid: a small contribution towards justice and equality

June 2016

There is more to fighting poverty and inequality than just giving aid. This briefing argues that to address the huge inequality of wealth and power that exists in the world, there needs to be fundamental change to the way the global economy works. Aid can play an important part, especially if it is understood as a form of international wealth redistribution.

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The EU Referendum - The radical case to remain in Europe

April 2016

The choice in front of us on 23 June can feel uninspiring. Voting to remain in the EU aligns with big business and elite interests, while voting to leave aligns with the interests of racists, xenophobes and fundamentalist free-marketeers.

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Migrant crisis or poverty crisis?

April 2016

There is no migrant crisis. It is true that thousands of people die every year attempting to cross the Mediterranean and Aegean seas. According to the International Organisation for Migration, over 25,000 migrants have died in their attempt to reach or stay in Europe since 2000.

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A call on the next leader of the Labour Party to redefine Britain’s role in the world

September 2015

The Labour Party leadership election has generated a debate in British society, not merely around personality, but also around values and politics. The powerful notion that ‘there is no alternative’ to the way our current economy and society is organised has been challenged. The policy of austerity has been confronted, inequality has been raised as a defining problem of our times and the erosion of democracy has been critiqued.

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Why we are taking action for Greece, and other questions

June 2015

The bailouts which Greece was given have not benefited the people of Greece one bit. They have flowed into the European banks that recklessly lent the country money. Meanwhile, the financial speculators who created Greece’s woes are actually making large profits by gambling on this ongoing crisis.

We have joined a coalition of organisations in taking action against Greek debt and an end to the enforcing of austerity policies that are causing injustice and poverty in Europe and across the world.

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General election 2015

March 2015

Key issues to raise with your local candidates

Election time is upon us. Traditionally, this is a time where policies get reduced to soundbites and the debate is limited to a narrow political choice between several rather similar visions of the world. This state of affairs is not inevitable. We can influence the debate by pushing forward issues that we’ve campaigned on and asking candidates to address them. This briefing is to help you get some real answers out of politicians on the issues relevant to Global Justice Now when they knock on your door this election.

Think Global January 2015

December 2014

Welcome to the January issue of Think Global, WDM's monthly update for groups and activists. Read about the latest developments in the climate, trade and food sovereignty campaigns and find out how you can take action during the months ahead. This is the last issue of Think Global as the World Development Movement; in the new year, as Global Justice Now, we may make some changes. Attached below are some of the inserts that went out with the physical mailing, including a template press release and letter to your MP, which can be used to explain the name change.

Think Global November 2014

November 2014

Welcome to the November issue of Think Global, WDM's monthly update for groups and activists. Read about the latest developments in the climate, trade and food sovereignty campaigns and find out how you can take action during the months ahead.

Think Global October 2014

October 2014

Welcome to the October issue of Think Global, WDM's monthly update for groups and activists. Read about the latest developments in the climate, trade and food sovereignty campaigns and find out how you can take action during the months ahead.

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Annual Review 2013

January 2014

Our 2013 annual review

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Campaign briefing: World forum on natural capital

November 2013

The first world forum on natural capital in Edinburgh, attended by global corporations, banks, accounting companies and governments, continues a process started in Rio+20 of privatising nature.

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Profits from poverty: How big business is cashing in on aid

October 2012

Over the past decade, the Department for International Development (DfID) has increasingly been putting the culture and interests of the private sector at the heart of its work. Aid is being used to encourage private sector involvement in developing countries, whether this is in the form of supporting pro-market policies or directly channelling aid money through companies.

One size for all: A study of IMF and World Bank Poverty Reduction Strategies

September 2005

In recent years the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank have adopted new ways of working and new rhetoric on ‘country ownership’ and ‘participation’. At the start of the 1980s, the two institutions began to make their loans and aid conditional on implementing ‘structural adjustment’ policies. The set of structural adjustment conditions, commonly referred to as the ‘Washington Consensus’, have been widely criticised both for undermining national political processes and causing widespread social and economic damage.

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