In our global world, borders between nations are becoming ever less significant.

It is hard to be satisfied knowing that rights at work are protected in our own backyard but not in the surrounding neighbourhood.

Capital has moved first. Goods are now manufactured all around the world, often in stages, yet organised labour does not have a clear strategy to respond.

We have two Living Wage movements who know little about each other:

  • Well intentioned sweatshop and CSR advocates in the developed world, and
  • Under-resourced local labour activists in the developing world

Some two-way learning would go a long way: Activists in the developed world have a lot of capacity which they could pass on to people at the local level; also we might make fewer assumptions about what people in poorer countries really want and why efforts to assist don’t have more impact.

This strategy is easier to represent visually.

The first map below shows the countries from which the stories on this blog originate, all in the Global South:


The second map shows the countries in which the posts have been read, predominantly but not exclusively in the Global North, with a total of 16,000 visits (as of May 2013):

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About the author

Michael Walker lives in Sydney, Australia. He has worked for more than a decade in NGOs advocating for workers, the poor and refugees.

  1. Deborah Langerman says:

    This is fantastic Michael!!!! Congratulations and best wishes to the whole family for the coming year!

  2. wendy carson says:

    tremendous and very insightful.a welcome addition

  3. Jennyfer says:

    This is really great, Michael. Very impressive work on the site and your causes!

  4. Leon Wallace says:

    If you have a mailing list, please send emails.
    I live in No Mpls, Mn 55411

  5. Alison says:

    Hi Michael, I’m Conor’s book publicist in the UK and think you’d appreciate his new book, Unfair Trade: How Big Business Exploits the World’s Poor – and Why It Doesn’t Have To in which he traces a range of products back to their source – going lobster diving in Nicaragua, down the mines in war-torn Congo etc. It’s published by Random House Business Books and I believe you ought to be able to get it in Australia by contacting them there.

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