Our work

War on Want works to achieve a vision of a just world, through our mission to fight against the root causes of poverty and human rights violation, as part of the worldwide movement for global justice. We concentrate on the key areas where we can add most value and have most impact for change.

Workers' rights

The struggle for workers’ rights is central to War on Want’s overseas programmes and campaigns. We fight for decent work and a living wage for all working people throughout the world. We link up our overseas programmes with trade unions and other workers’ associations with our campaigns to secure accountability of the UK brands and retailers that hold ultimate power in global supply chains. 

Justice for Palestine

War on Want has worked for decades to support the call for justice for Palestinians. We support the activist movement behind the Palestinian call for a global campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel, focusing on high-profile actions and direct challenges to corporations complicit in Israel’s crimes against the Palestinian people. War on Want coordinates its actions closely with the Boycott National Committee in Palestine, as well as with Palestinian social movements and human rights groups opposing Israel’s continuing oppression of the Palestinian people. We confront UK and EU support for Israel through our call for an immediate cessation of all contact with Israeli arms manufacturers, including those responsible for building the next generation of UK military drones. Our credibility and strong partnerships with Palestinian organisations give War on Want a unique position as one of the largest mainstream charities demanding justice for Palestinians.

Profiting from conflict

War on Want resolutely confronts the imperialist programmes of NATO states and their proxies, a particularly stance in the heightened context of ongoing conflicts in Ukraine, north Africa and the Middle East. We also work in solidarity with communities fighting for their rights in situations of conflict caused by dispossession of their natural resource wealth, including in Nigeria, Colombia, Western Sahara and the Philippines. We confront UK-based companies from the oil, gas and mining sectors that are complicit in human rights violations of community activists resisting their presence, pressing for redress for all those who have suffered at their hands.

Food sovereignty

We actively engage in the growing movement for food sovereignty worldwide, challenging government policies that grant greater power over agricultural production to transnational corporations and supporting alternative models of community farming that are both socially progressive and ecologically sustainable. War on Want is proud to stand in solidarity with the international farmers’ movement La Vía Campesina, and we will continue to resist new mechanisms of corporate control over agriculture, including genetically modified seeds. We work to combat those donor-backed programmes that seek to increase the penetration of agribusiness corporations into Africa and elsewhere. 

Economic justice

War on Want plays a leading role in the global struggle to challenge corporate power and advance corporate accountability. We actively oppose trade agreements that threaten to increase the domination of transnational capital at the expense of working people and local communities. As part of the global campaign to dismantle corporate power, we are pressing for a legally binding instrument at the international level to address corporate impunity in the face of human rights violations. 

Latest news

Colombia: a win for people power

23 June 2017 - 12:30pm

They took on the government and won. After years of state neglect, the people of Buenaventura in the Colombian pacific took to the streets to demand peace and dignity. Following three weeks of intense civic strike and non-stop negotiations, they emerged victorious.

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Independent: Government acted unlawfully by restricting 'ethical' boycotts of Israel

23 June 2017 - 11:45am

War on Want in the Independent. In a victory for local democracy and the fight for human rights, the High Court has ruled that the government cannot block local councils from divesting from companies complicit in human rights abuses.

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