WDM Council agreed Guiding Principles in 2012, to provide an overall framework for our strategy WDM plus 10, which was adopted in 2009. Our Guiding Principles address our vision, mission, goal, beliefs and aspirations.
This year's annual general meeting, to which all our members are invited, will be held in Leeds.
Saturday 15 June, starting at 10am
Leeds University Student Union, Lifton Place, Leeds LS2 9JZ
All national members will receive a letter nearer the time with a draft agenda, plus details of how to appoint a proxy to vote on their behalf should they not be able to attend in person. The draft agenda, annual accounts and the annual review will all appear on this web page in due course.
Please note that the proceedings will start at 10am. Registration and tea and coffee will be available from 9.30am.
The deadline for submitting policy motions to the AGM is 26 April. However, to allow us time to circulate any such motions with the agenda, we would prefer to receive them by 15 April. If this is not possible, please at least let us know you intend to submit a motion by 15 April. To do this, please email James O’Nions (email@example.com) or call 020 7820 4900. The requirements for submitting a motion can be found on page 10 of WDM's Rules, which can be downloaded below.
The AGM will be followed by a WDM public conference in the same...
Dan Iles has been involved with WDM for two years, first as an activism and events intern, then South West regional mobiliser and the Bristol WDM group coordinator and currently works as our campaigns and policy assistant. He has a wealth of experience in setting up community organisations and grassroots campaigning and is particularly inspired by food sovereignty. He is involved with the local food movement in Bristol, doing work for Bristol People’s Supermarket, community gardens and community kitchens and was part of the UK delegation at the European Food Sovereignty Forum.
- Martyn Barson, data processing assistant
- Debby Boon, supporter services assistant
- Heidi Chow, campaigns officer
- Deborah Doane, director
- Kathryn Excell, fundraising and communications assistant
- Caroline Griffin, fundraising and communications officer
- Hannah Griffiths, head of policy and campaigns
- Lorraine Groves, head of fundraising and communications
- Christine Haigh, policy and campaigns officer
- Angela Heasman, finance officer
- Jane Herbstritt, campaigns assistant
- Dan Iles, policy and campaigns assistant
Volunteers and interns are an important and valued part of the team at WDM. This is also true for many organisations in the not for profit sector. Our entire national network is comprised of people who are passionate about international development and campaign on a voluntary basis in their spare time. The internships we offer are slightly different as we tend to attract people who are not only passionate about international development but who also wish to develop their future career in this sector.
In the voluntary sector ongoing budget constraints mean there aren’t many entry level posts available. This, combined with the high level of competition, makes it extremely difficult for anyone to gain paid employment in this sector at entry level. WDM’s internship and volunteer schemes help people get their foot in the door.
Yes, WDM internship programme increases our capacity to do our work. In return, interns gain considerable and varied experience while working here. Not only do we provide an opportunity to gain work experience to increase their chances of gaining paid employment, but we also provide support on CV writing and interview techniques. In addition, if a short fixed term temporary position becomes available, we only recruit internally thus giving...
Nicola Ansell has been a member of WDM for many years and has been active within the Richmond and Kingston group for about 6 years. She has been on Council since 2008 and is currently National Secretary. She is a Reader in Human Geography at Brunel University where she runs a Master's programme in Children, Youth and International Development and researches how young southern Africans confront the impacts of globalisation, education and AIDS.
Belinda Calaguas is director of policy and campaigns at ActionAid-UK. She became aware of WDM whilst she was an activist in the Philippines, and joined WDM as an individual supporter in the late 1990s, sometime after she moved to Britain with her husband and daughter. She joined council in 2010.
Charles Ssempijja has worked with street children and youth in Tanzania and is a chartered accountant, specialised in the not for profit sector. He has extensive knowledge and experience of charity finance and management and works for Save the Children International as global internal auditor. Charles is also currently serving as Treasurer for Asylum Support Appeals Project.
Julieanne Porter has been a campaigner with Oxford WDM since November 2002 and spends her free time in her natural habitat (gardening). Julianne has also been the Area Rep for the East Anglia and Chilterns region since June 2008 and on WDM Council since August 2010.
Senior campaigns officer
Kirsty is senior campaigns officer at WDM. She campaigns to keep the World Bank out of climate finance and against loans for climate change. Kirsty joined WDM in 2008 and was part of WDM’s successful campaigns to stop Kingsnorth and push for a strong Climate Change Act. Before this, she lived in New Zealand where she was campaigned on trade justice in the Pacific, conflict and climate change. She has also worked on women’s rights in Nicaragua, as a peace observer with Zapatista communities in Mexico, and with refugee communities in the Middle East. She graduated from Sussex University where she studied Media, Culture and Community focusing on social movements and political communication. Outside of work, Kirsty is also involved in anti-cuts and climate justice campaigning, and enjoys learning about bees.
Effie is a campaigns assistant at WDM having first come across the organisation when she was in the throes of moving abroad to work on programmes to combat poverty in Africa. WDM made her realise to her horror that much of the poverty there existed due to UK international policies. Effie then traded a life in the sunshine for life in the inner city and initially volunteered at WDM before moving into her current role. Effie has a Master's degree in Development. She has also been involved in the Women’s Environmental Network, arts and crafts, school volunteering and vegetable growing, as well as being a parent and child producing.
Policy and campaigns assistant
Amy is a policy and campaigns assistant at WDM. She joined in May 2011 to work on the food justice campaign. Previously she carried out research and advocacy relating to the World Bank, at the Bretton Woods Project, and has worked as a volunteer in Kenya and Vietnam. She has a Master’s degree in Environment, Politics and Globalisation from King’s College London. Amy has been active in grassroots movements to defend public services from spending cuts, promote climate justice and human rights.
Christine is policy and campaigns officer for WDM’s food speculation campaign. She originally joined WDM in January 2007 as an intern in the campaigns and policy team, and also worked briefly as network assistant. She returned to WDM in February 2011, working as campaigns officer on the food speculation campaign with Heidi Chow. Prior to this she worked for Sustain, the alliance for better food and farming, coordinating their Children’s Food Campaign. She also worked for the Women’s Environmental Network supporting their network of local food projects and researching gender and climate change issues. Christine has a degree in philosophy and physics from the University of Aberdeen, and a Master’s in Food Policy from City University.
Mike Shilling has been a member of WDM for more than 15 years, first in Liverpool, then in Glasgow. He has been an active member of the Glasgow group since 2008. He is currently treasurer of Friends of the Earth Scotland (Glasgow), has worked in education and is an adviser with Citizens Advice Scotland.
Lucy Hurn has been involved with WDM since 2003, helped run the Leeds group in 2005-6 and has been a core member of South West London WDM since 2007. She has worked in campaigning and advocacy for almost ten years, including two years with a human rights organisation in Peru, running CAFOD’s climate change campaign for three years, and most recently at ActionAid, initially on women’s rights, and now running its biofuels campaign.
Paul de Hoest previously sat on council from 2000 to 2010 as national treasurer and took part in developing the ‘WDM +10’ strategy. He has 25 years of senior corporate management expertise, mainly in the areas of risk management, internal controls and audit; finance; strategy and business planning; project management and people development. He also has significant experience of external boardroom and senior executive accountabilities and behaviours and is the treasurer of the Green Party in Hertfordshire.
Peter Bryant has been a member of WDM for twelve years and is active with the South Lakes WDM group. He works in the field of community engagement working with marginalised groups to ensure that their voices are heard by decision makers (using approaches such as Citizens Juries and Participatory Budgeting both in the UK and overseas with organisations such as the TUC, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace and numerous small community groups). He also works freelance and for a Manchester-based social enterprise.
Please click on the links below to download the Council documents.
We would like to thank the following charitable trusts and foundations, churches and faith based organisations for the generous financial support they gave in 2011 to either the World Development Movement Ltd (registered company no. 2098198) or to the World Development Movement Trust (registered charity no. 1064066).
- Anglican Diocese of Carlisle
- Christian Aid
- Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
- Hanton Trust
- Isvara Foundation
- Joffe Charitable Trust
- Jusaca Charitable Trust
- Methodist Relief and Development Fund
- Network for Social Change
- R H Southern Trust
- The Roddick Foundation
- United Reformed Church Commitment for Life programme
This support is much appreciated for the significant contribution it made to WDM’s ability to fight for justice for the world’s poor
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Heidi is a campaigns officer at WDM, working to stop excessive speculation on food in financial markets. Heidi started with WDM in 2008 and has campaigned on issues including Europe’s trade deals, the World Trade Organisation and stopping RBS’s unethical investments. Since gaining her degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University Heidi has held a number of roles in marketing and communications.
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Data processing assistant
Martyn is data processing assistant at WDM. He started working at WDM in 2009 as a resources volunteer. Prior to that, Martyn worked at St George’s hospital, Tooting and as a volunteer for the development charity Restless Development in Nepal working with young people. Outside of WDM Martyn enjoys mountain biking and claims to be WDM’s mass participation sports expert.
WDM was founded in 1970, by bringing together a number of groups which had been campaigning against world poverty during the late 1960s. We broke new ground by focusing on the causes of poverty and demanding policy changes rather than charitable giving. Since then, WDM has evolved into a democratic, politically independent organisation, with 15,000 supporters and a network of 60 local groups across the UK. Read more about our campaigning successes below.
- 2013 Two years of concerted campaigning by WDM results in Barclays, the UK’s biggest player in food speculation and one of the top three globally, announcing that it will no longer trade in food for speculative purposes.
- 2012 Following a prolonged campaign by a coalition of Scottish NGOs and local pressure groups including WDM Scotland, plans for a new coal-fired power station in Hunterston, North Ayrshire are shelved.
- 2011 The UK government puts £10 million of its climate finance towards the UN Adaptation Fund, and agrees to give the majority of its funds that year to the World...
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We campaigned against Europe’s unfair trade deals from April 2008 to December 2009.
We are not against trade, but we do want to stop the European pirates stealing our resources"
- Norma Maldonado, Guatemala
In 2006. the European Union announced a new trade strategy which targeted developing countries for trade deals. These trade deals were clearly stacked in favour of European companies, for example unrestricted access to raw materials from poor countries and demanding less regulation for European corporations. The trade strategy also tried to get poor countries to open up their markets to subsidised, imported European goods and produce, rather than allowing space for developing countries to build their own industries.
The campaign got a quarter of all UK MEP candidates at the 2009 European parliamentary election to sign up to the TJM ‘trade pledge’. Candidates committed to take action if they were elected to get a review of EU trade policy and to promote coherence between trade and development issues.
WDM groups and supporters took an active part in lobbying their MEPs...
WDM campaigned to clean up the bailed-out banks between 2009 and 2011.
Following the financial crisis of 2008, the UK government used a staggering £45.5 billion of UK taxpayers’ money – the GDP of Kenya and Tanzania combined – to prop up the Royal Bank of Scotland.
RBS used that public money to finance projects and companies that threaten the climate and human rights, such as tar sands extraction in Madagascar and Canada.
WDM campaigned to get the government to rein in the power of RBS and the other bailed-out banks and force them to keep to the highest environmental and human rights standards when investing our money.
- After sustained campaigning by WDM, including meetings with RBS group chairman Sir Philip Hampton and other board members, RBS’s 2010 and 2011 sustainability reports for the first time highlighted the issue of tar sands mining. Significantly, they also committed RBS to developing external environmental, social and ethical risk statements and internally implementing similar policies for oil and gas, mining and metals...
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Campaigns assistant, Scotland
Jane is campaigns assistant and works with Liz and Eddy in WDM’s Scottish office, helping to adapt WDM campaigns to the Scottish context. She also works on Scottish WDM publications, including the Scottish newsletter and works with the Scottish local groups.
Before working for WDM, Jane worked for Scottish Environment LINK as a parliamentary officer, and for the Scottish Civic Forum. Outside of work, she and her two young kids enjoy experimenting with baking vegan cakes, reading, and mastering the art of the ‘lie-in’ – sleep being rather hard to come by at the moment!
Polly is the resources assistant at WDM. She does lots of processing around payments, income logging and general financial recording. She is also in charge of novelty pens.
Angela is finance officer at WDM, having joined in November 2010. She started work in the voluntary sector many years ago helping to run a small London housing co-operative. She has worked in a variety of financial management and accountancy roles, mainly for a large social housing and care provider. She has also worked for a small housing charity for Irish people in London, and prior to joining WDM, for Richmond Fellowship, a large mental health charity.
Deborah is director at WDM. Since 1996 she has worked on ethical trading, human rights and sustainable development issues, most recently as head of sustainable consumption at WWF-UK. Prior to that, she was director of the CORE Coalition of over 130 NGOs, which achieved groundbreaking changes to UK Company Law to improve governance of social and environmental impacts. Previously, Deborah was head of corporate accountability at the New Economics Foundation, and led the Humanitarian Ombudsman Project for the British Red Cross.
Deborah is a frequent guest lecturer and has published widely on sustainability, human rights and corporate accountability issues. She is on the board of the Fairtrade Foundation, and was a member of the Corporate Responsibility Advisory Group of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England Wales between 2004 and 2010. She is also a co-founder of Anti-Apathy, which supports people to take creative approaches to social and...
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WDM Scotland is the Scottish wing of the World Development Movement (WDM) - a UK-based anti-poverty campaigning organisation with a world-wide reputation for tackling hard-hitting, controversial issues. We lobby decision makers to change the policies that keep people poor; research and promote positive alternatives; and work alongside people in the developing world who are standing up to injustice.
The WDM Scotland office was set up in November 1998 in order to support campaign activity in Scotland, and to adapt WDM campaigns for use in the Scottish context. Read about our past successes here, or go to Scotland Campaigns for details of present projects.
WDM's light and airy self contained meeting space can be hired for away days, meetings and training events. The room is 80 square metres in size. It seats 18 if tables are arranged in boardroom style or up to 25 if arranged in a horseshoe style.
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WDM's 2010 annual general meeting (AGM) will take place during our activist gathering in Sheffield on Saturday 19 June. Further information and booking.
1. Welcome and introduction by the Chair
2. Director's report
a) Update on WDM+10 (Strategic Framework)
b) Plans for 2010
3. Adoption of the minutes of the 2009 AGM and matters arising not elsewhere on the agenda
4. Adoption of annual report and accounts
a) Treasurer’s report
b) Adoption of annual report and accounts
c) Re-appointment of auditors
5. Election of Council members and Area Representatives.
6. Close by Chair
Accounts and annual review
The audited accounts for 2009 and WDM's annual review are available online. The minutes of the 2009 AGM will be available on the day.
The World Development Movement Trust is a registered charity (CC No. 1064066) linked to WDM.
WDM Trust enables us to use charitable income from individuals, churches and charitable trusts to fund our research and education work, whilst leaving WDM free to campaign at a political level. The Trust funds the key research and publications which underpin our campaigns.
The Trust is also active in a small way in direct relief of poverty. Its Tanzania Rural Revival initiative is especially linked to Bulongwa and its neighbourhood and a "Peppercorn" scheme, run jointly with another Trust that specialises in employment generation by refurbishing computers, supplies computers to schools and other institutions, mainly in Africa. Both of these also welcome donations.
Through the WDM Trust, you can support WDM's work 'tax effectively' - if you are a UK tax-payer. This means that we can claim back from the Inland Revenue the tax you have already paid - making your gift worth 28% more at no extra cost to you.
Read our ten year vision statement that was pulled together through a movement wide consultation. This document provides the framework to help shape the movement's direction leading up to 2020.
With 2008 seeing the collapse of global markets, catapulting the world into financial turmoil, the global south suffered the greatest impact. Our groups, activists and supporters rallied in force to address the situation, working harder than ever to push the issues of trade, climate change and water to the top of political agendas.
Following on from years of successful campaigning on trade issues, 2008 brought in a new trade campaign focusing on the unjust European Union trade deals in negotiation with 34 emerging economies. Alongside this, the climate campaign continued to strengthen and achieve great successes. WDM campaigners kept the pressure on the UK government to address water rights, and stood in solidarity with the Phulbari community in Bangladesh facing destruction at the hands of a UK mine company.
The AGM brought about agreement on WDM’s ten year vision, and this is now the blueprint for our exciting and ambitious new direction.
I’d like to thank everyone for all your support this past year. Our greatest strength is our supporters and members. It is only through working together that we will achieve our shared belief that another world is possible.
WDM strives to be a truly democratic movement, with individual members, groups and our professional staff working together for global justice. Staff lead our campaigning, but in consultation with local groups, both directly and through our system of area representatives. Area reps cover specific regions and act as link between groups, staff and the council.
WDM's council approves and monitors all WDM's major policy positions and initiatives, and sets our long term plans and direction. Council members are responsible for:
- Agreeing a shared vision and strategy for WDM's development created with the director in consultation with staff, local groups and allies from the global south.
- Ensuring that robust policies and plans, together with the necessary resources, are in place to achieve our strategic aims.
- Monitoring and evaluating performance against approved plans and budgets.
- Ensuring compliance with WDM's legal and financial responsibilities and securing its long-term financial viability.
The council of WDM consists of nine people voted for by WDM members, up to three representing local groups. In addition, up to three people may be co-opted to balance the council’s skills or diversity. Each council...
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WDM campaigns against the root causes of poverty and inequality. We are a democratically-governed movement made up of local campaign groups based in towns and cities around the UK. Our staff in London and Edinburgh co-ordinate hard-hitting campaigns that challenge the powerful and seek to bring about economic justice for the world’s poor majority.
Global poverty is not inevitable. It’s a result of government policies, economic structures and corporate behaviour. As global citizens, we take seriously our responsibility to try and change the structures and policies which keep people poor – starting with those of our own government and British companies.
We’re politically and financially independent. The majority of our funding comes from thousands of individual members and supporters. That means we’re able to shine a light into dark corners and speak up for the marginalised when others find it uncomfortable to do so.
It’s central to our work that we act in solidarity with activists, civil society organisations and social movements in the global south. We have a history of campaigning...