Welcome to Aberdeen for a Fairer World.

Our Aim is to educate and enable people in the North East of Scotland to take action to create a fairer world

For more than 30 years we have been raising awareness, promoting understanding of global concerns and supporting active global citizenship.

Read our latest annual report here: AFW ABFW01-Charities report – final redacted

Currently We Are

  • a leading member of the Aberdeen Steering Group raising awareness of fair trade and initiating linked activities
  • working with NE local authorities, schools, teachers and pupils, through our education section, the Montgomery DEC, to develop global learning / learning for sustainability / citizenship activities across the curriculum
  • facilitating initiatives such as One World Week and One World Day through our local partner networks
  • focusing on the recently-launched Global Goals for Sustainable Development, which aim to end extreme poverty, fight inequality & injustice and fix climate change between 2015 and 2030.

Located at the foot of Queen Street, next to the Lemon Tree, our office offers advice, training facilities and an extensive resource library which is free to teachers, schools and the wider community.

Opportunities are available for volunteers

Aberdeen for a Fairer World MDEC appreciates all forms of volunteer help in our activities. We have projects in the office and off-campus that always welcome outside help. Please email mdec.nicholas@btconnect.com for more information or if you are interested in volunteering.

Our History

Founded over 30 years ago as the Third World Centre, running the first solely Fair Trade retail outlet in the Kirk of St Nicholas, our activities grew as we led the Aberdeen Fairtrade City campaign, achieving Fair Trade status for the city in 2004, and also developed the Montgomery Development Education Centre (MDEC).

Click here to read more of our history


Currently AFW’s education work is funded by the Scottish Government, the Department for International Development (as facilitators of the Global Learning Programme Scotland in the North East of Scotland) and The Wood Foundation.


Membership is free to anyone interested in global concerns and keen to support our aims.

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For further info contact us at: afairerworld@btconnect.com or call 01224 620111