Here are a few of the organisations working locally, nationally or internationally on localisation in any way. This page is still in draft so please do let us know if you find any mistakes or have new links for us to add.

UK-based links

Global links

Global links are very important to LWM. Our own organisational focus on the West Midlands region because that’s where we are based and where we can effect change, not because we prioritise our local economic welfare above that of the rest of the world.

Like many other organisations around the world, we promote greater self-reliance for local economies whilst supporting others globally to do the same, and whilst ensuring that international trade benefits those who need it most, not those who are already wealthy. Current trade patterns influenced by free market ideology often pit developing countries against each other for ‘competitive advantage’ and the stakes are high for the loser.

Below are links to the websites of organisations in other parts of the world that promote a more localised approach to trade.

CCEDNet – Canada

The Canadian Community Economic Development Network believes in sustainable and inclusive communities directing their own social, economic and environmental futures.  Its mission is to strengthen communities by creating economic opportunities that improve environmental and social conditions.


BALTA is a regional research collaboration amongst community based organizations, universities and colleges in Alberta and British Columbia, Canada, with an interest in the social economy. BALTA’s mandate involves researching various aspects of the social economy with a view to both increasing knowledge about the sector and identifying ways to strengthen and expand the sector.


BALLE is the fastest growing business alliance of values aligned entrepreneurs, business networks, and local economy founders in North America. It believes that real national prosperity — even global prosperity — begins at the local level and that by connecting entrepreneurs who are re-thinking their industries, founders who are investing in the local economy movement, and network organizers who can mobilize on a broad scale, we can — and will — create a stronger, more resilient, and fair economy.

The Canadian Community Economic Development Network

The Canadian Community Economic Development Network believes in sustainable and inclusive communities directing their own social, economic and environmental futures.

We are a member-led organization committed to strengthening communities by creating economic opportunities that improve environmental and social conditions. We bring people and organizations together to share knowledge and build a collective voice for CED action. Our members are part of a movement creating community-based solutions to local and global challenges.


(IFG) is a North-South research and educational institution composed of leading activists, economists, scholars, and researchers providing analysis and critiques on the cultural, social, political, and environmental impacts of economic globalisation.

Alternative Information and Development Centre (AIDC) – South Africa
Through its programmes, and by campaigning and coalition building, AIDC aims to contribute to the development of national, regional and international challenges to the currently dominant global economic system.
Through the empowerment and mobilisation of progressive organisations and popular social movements it further aims to contribute to the development of alternatives that ensure fundamental socio-economic transformation.

Focus on the Global SouthThailand Focus aims to consciously and consistently articulate, link and develop greater coherence between local community-based and national, regional and global paradigms of change. Focus on the Global South strives to create a distinct and cogent link between development at the grassroots and the “macro” levels.

Forum for African Alternatives Senegal / all Africa

Dedicated to challenging the neo-liberal agenda in Africa and to proposing alternative policies. No website but link gives more info

Friends of the Earth International

The world’s largest grassroots environmental network, uniting 71 diverse national member groups and some 5,000 local activist groups. Campaigns on today’s most urgent environmental and social issues, challenges the current model of economic and corporate globalisation, and promotes solutions that will help to create environmentally sustainable and socially just societies.

Institute for Local Self Reliance – USA

ILSR works with citizen groups, governments and private businesses in developing policies that extract the maximum value from local resources.

Third World Network

Research and Advocacy on issues of social and economic policy that advances the needs and interests of peoples of African and other third world countries (especially marginalized social groups), a fair distribution of world’s resources, and forms of development which are sustainable and fulfil human needs

UBINIG (‘Policy Research for Development Alternatives’) (NB – website says’coming soon,’ Nov 08, but international sustainable agriculture NGO Grain has interviews with UBINIG staff.)

Bangladeshi organisation working on policy research, campaigns and advocacy on issues which have implications on the livelihoods of farming communities. UBINIG works on ecological agriculture, rural industrialisation, and women & health, and campaigns on international trade deals with the interests of community scale farming in mind.

Via Campesina

Via Campesina is an international movement which coordinates peasant organizations of small and middle-scale producers, agricultural workers, rural women, and indigenous communities from Asia, Africa, America, and Europe.

Economic Gardening – USA

Economic gardening is an entrepreneurial approach to economic development that seeks to grow the local economy from within. First pioneered in Littleton, Colorado in 1989, its premise is that local entrepreneurs create the companies that bring new wealth and economic growth to a region in the form of jobs, tax revenues, per capita income, and a vibrant local business sector. Economic gardening seeks to focus on growing and nurturing local businesses rather than hunting for “big game” outside the area.

Grassroots Economic Organizing (GEO)

Grassroots Economic Organizing (GEO) is a decentralized collective of educators, researchers and grassroots activists working to promote an economy based on democratic participation, worker and community ownership, social and economic justice, and ecological sustainability–a “solidarity economy”–through grassroots journalism, organizing support, cross-sector networking and movement-building and the publication of educational and organizational resources.

LED Knowledge

Local Economic Development Knowledge portal is an online space for sharing the experiences and resources of people and organizations supporting local economic development processes at the local level.

New Economics Institute – USA

The mission of the New Economics Institute is to conceive, create, communicate, and catalyse new economic theories and practices toward a just and sustainable world.

Food sovereignty UK and global

Food sovereignty proposes an alternative food system that creates practical, sustainable and democratic solutions to the failed industrialised food model. It is an approach developed by smallscale food producers in the global South that has become a global movement.

 European Food Declaration 

NGOs across Europe acting together for a sustainable food and agriculture policy. LWM has signed – of course!  Read more about the European Food Declaration in the following blog entry please do sign up using the link above.