Stop the business of war
War is one of the chief causes of poverty. It can completely undermine a country’s development prospects, destroying schools and hospitals and put agricultural land out of use for years to come. Multinational corporations are complicit in wars throughout the world, putting profit before people and often legitimising and fuelling the conflict.
Reuters/Gil Cohen Magen
Fully 80% of the world's 20 poorest countries have suffered a major war in the past 15 years, and the human legacy continues long after. Nine of the 10 countries with the world’s highest child mortality rates have suffered from conflict in recent years.
Yet not everyone is made poorer by war. Many companies thrive off conflict, whether through supplying military hardware to armed forces or running mercenary armies on behalf of combatant states. Others fuel conflict through their operations in war zones, such as oil companies in volatile countries like Colombia and Iraq, or through their continued trade in goods such as blood diamonds. Others profit from financing the war effort.
Through War on Want's partners among grassroots organisations in Asia, Latin America and Africa, we aim to redress some of the damage that Western behaviour inflicts on the world. Aggressive corporate behaviour is not tolerated passively – it is resisted by a myriad of groups working their way out of poverty. These groups need our solidarity.