War on Want

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War on Want is a UK-based anti-poverty charity that funds overseas partner organisations while campaigning in the UK for human rights [1]

Their total income in 2009 was £2,010,202 according to their annual review [2]

"A letter from Victor Gollancz to The Guardian in February 1951 led to the founding of War on Want...

"The Association for World Peace was formed in March 1951 to meet this response, and in May it invited Harold Wilson MP to chair a committee which would work out a plan "for the conquest of world hunger". This eventually became War on Want: A Plan for World Development, published on 9 June 1952...

"War on Want is affiliated to Solidar, an international alliance of NGOs concerned with issues of justice and with historical links to the labour movement. We are at the forefront of the Trade Justice Movement and we were a key player in the Make Poverty History campaign in 2005." [3]  

Selected Staff


Along with donations from individuals and affiliated organisations, War on Want receives support from the following institutions: Irish Aid, UK Aid, Comic Relief, Traid, Network for social change, Scurrah Wainwright Charity [4]

Council of Management

Accessed May 2013: [5]  


Accessed May 2013: [6]

Contact details

Registered office & head office:
War on Want
Development House
56-64 Leonard Street

Tel: +44 20 7549 0555
Fax: +44 20 7549 0556
Email: mailroom AT waronwant.org
Web: http://www.waronwant.org

Resources and articles

Related Sourcewatch


  1. About Us page, War on Want, accessed May 2009.
  2. 2009 Annual Review, War on Want, accessed May 2009.
  3. War on Want History, organizational web page, accessed May 20, 2013.
  4. War on Want Funders, organizational web page, accessed May 20, 2013.
  5. War on Want Council of Management, organizational web page, accessed May 20, 2013.
  6. War on Want Patrons, organizational web page, accessed May 20, 2013.