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Briefing: food Sovereignty

October 2012

WDM’s campaign to curb speculation on food tackles one aspect of a broken food system. We’re also helping to build a
movement for a just global food system, inspired by activists in the global south.

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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.

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Tricky questions briefing: Food sovereignty

September 2012

Download our briefing where we answer common tricky questions such as:

  • What is food sovereignty?
  • Why do we need to change the food system?
  • How do we achieve food sovereignty?
  • How are we working towards food sovereignty?
  • Can food sovereignty feed the world and tackle poverty?
  • What would food sovereignty mean for international trade?

The great nature sale

May 2012

The green economy the UK government and others are pushing at Rio is based on the idea that we are trashing the global commons because we don’t value it properly. Therefore, they say, we need to put a financial value on nature and the services (clean air, water, resources like trees, food, fuel) it gives us. Then we can bring these things into the market and pay the proper price.

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Annual Review 2011

January 2012

Our 2011 annual review

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Global Connect Resource Pack

January 2012

All the workshops are active and participatory, using a variety of methodologies and exercises to get people to think about and question their own views, to share them and listen to others.

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Power to the people?

November 2011

The La Mata and La Ventosa wind park in the state of Oaxaca is the World Bank’s flagship Clean Technology Fund (CTF) project in Mexico. The UK government has provided £385 million in capital to the CTF from its overseas aid budget, 14% of the CTF’s total funding.

COP17: Durban - a tipping point for the international climate talks

September 2011

The UN climate talks in Durban, in late November 2011, could be our last chance to save the current international climate deal. The first period of the Kyoto Protocol ends in 2012, and its continuation is in doubt as rich industrialised countries push to replace it with a system that allows them to pledge the reduction of emissions on a voluntary basis. The talks are also expected to set up a new fund to deliver finance needed by countries affected by climate change.

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Broken markets - How financial market regulation can help prevent another global food crisis

September 2011

Broken Markets seeks to counter the arguments put forward by those sceptical of the influence of financial speculation on rising food prices. It shows how financial speculation has boomed, turning commodity derivatives into just another asset class for investors, distorting and undermining the effective functioning of agricultural markets.

Stop Gambling on Food & Hunger

January 2011

Call for Immediate Action on Financial Speculation on Food Commodities - list of signatories

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A Bank for the Future - Maximising public investment in a low-carbon economy

July 2010

This report, commissioned by WDM and PLATFORM and written by former PriceWaterhouse Coopers consultant James Leaton, shows how we could create 50,000 green jobs by transforming the publicly-owned Royal Bank of Scotland into a powerful Green Investment Bank.

WDM and PLATFORM have been campaigning against RBS's socially and environmentally disastrous investments, particularly their funding of destructive tar sands mining. But by following the recommendations of the report, the bank could become a force for social and environmental good.

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The Great Hunger Lottery - How banking speculation causes food crises

July 2010

In The Great Hunger Lottery, the World Development Movement has compiled extensive evidence establishing the role of food commodity derivatives in destabilising and driving up food prices around the world. This in turn, has led to food prices becoming unaffordable for low-income families around the world, particularly in developing countries highly reliant on food imports.

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.

Zambia: Condemned to debt

April 2004

How the IMF and World Bank have undermined development

Treacherous conditions

May 2003

How IMF and World Bank policies tied to debt relief are undermining development

States of Unrest III

April 2003

This report documents protests in developing countries in 2002. The first States of Unrest report was released in September 2000. It charted protests between the WTO Ministerial in Seattle, in November 1999, and the International Monetary Fund and World Bank Annual Meetings in Prague, in September 2000. States of Unrest II was published in April 2002, charting protests during 2001.

Structural damage - The causes and consequences of Malawi’s food crisis

October 2002

There is a common perception that the food crisis in Malawi has been caused by the floods that ruined the planting season in 2001, or by widespread government corruption and mismanagement. These undoubtedly have contributed to the crisis. But there is another cause, which has been even more significant – inappropriate policies of donor agencies, led by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

States of Unrest II

April 2002

This report documents protests in developing countries in 2001. The first States of Unrest report was released in September 2000. It charted protests between the WTO Ministerial in Seattle, in November 1999, and the International Monetary Fund and World Bank Annual Meetings in Prague, in September 2000.

This report was followed by States of Unrest III.

States of Unrest: Resistance to IMF policies in poor countries

September 2000

Since Seattle 1999, the media has heralded the dawn of a new movement in Europe and America, epitomised by protests aimed at the WTO, IMF and the World Bank.
However, this 'new movement', portrayed by the media as students and anarchists from the rich and prosperous global north, is just the tip of the iceberg. In the global south, a far deeper and wide-ranging movement has been developing for years, largely ignored by the media.