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September 2018


Aya Chebbi confirmed as keynote speaker

We are delighted to announce that Aya Chebbi, award winning Pan-African feminist and internationally acclaimed Tunisian activist, will give our afternoon keynote address at our upcoming 2018 annual conference.  

Ben Macpherson MSP, the Scottish Government Minister for Europe, Migration and International Development and Imogen Davies, Oxfam GB's Programme Adviser on Youth Active Citizenship will also address the conference as keynote speakers, before a packed day of engaging sessions.

In celebration of the third anniversary of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Year of Young People in Scotland, this year will focus on the role of young people in development across the world.

PM announces “fundamental" shift in UK Aid spend

At the end of August, in a speech during a visit to South Africa, Theresa May announced that UK aid must align with the UK's national interest.

She also pledged to maintain the UK's 0.7% GNI spending commitment, but spoke of a "fundamental" shift in aid and development policy emphasing the role of trade and investment.

Alliance CEO, Jane Salmonson, shares her thoughts.

Further Funding for Decentralised Energy Access in Malawi

The University of Strathclyde (UoS) and its partners have just been awarded £1.3m funding by Scottish Government for their Rural Energy Access through Social Enterprise and Decentralisation (EASE) project running 2018 – 2023. 

Since 2015 UoS has been working on complementary projects with partners United Purpose, Community Energy Malawi and University of Malawi WASHTED Centre to advance decentralised energy access in Malawi.

Linda Norgrove Foundation to develop a post-graduate medical training programme for women in Afghanistan

It’s not that surprising to hear that there is a shortage of doctors in Afghanistan but, crucially, it’s the lack of female doctors which impacts on women’s health.

John Norgrove, Co-founder and Trustee of the Linda Norgrove Foundation, tells us about their plans to further develop their scholarship programme allowing young Afghan women to study medicine.

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Finance and Administration Manager

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Location: Edinburgh

Do you have experience in book-keeping and financial administration? Are you keen to play a key part in ensuring the efficient and effective management of the Alliance? Yes? ... Well, look no further! We are hiring a new Finance and Administration Manager.

Closing date 24 September.

UK Aid Small Charities Challenge Fund deadline approaching

The next review date for the Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF) is Thursday 27 September. This fund is open to small UK-registered charities and not-for-profit organisations. Grants of up to £50,000 are available for projects of up to 2 years.

On Tuesday 4 September, our newly appointed Effectiveness and Learning Manager, Philippa Ramsden, will attend a guidance webinar hosted by the Fund Managers (Mannion Daniels).

Philippa will share her thoughts on the webinar on the Alliance Community. If you have applied for an SCCF grant, or are a current grant holder we encourage you to also share your experiences.

Scottish Government Small Grants open for applications

If you want to work with your partner organisation to ensure that good safeguarding policies and procedures are in place and being followed, don’t forget you can apply for a capacity building grant for this purpose. 

Organisations working in Malawi, Rwanda and Zambia are strongly encouraged to use this opportunity.  Scottish organisations engaging in other countries may also be eligible, as feasibility and capacity building grants are open to support work in any countries categorised as medium or low in the UN Human Development Indices.  


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Upcoming CPG on why the Climate Bill must be bold

On 26 September 2018, the Scottish Parliament's Cross Party Group on International Development is welcoming people from across the world to comment on how Climate Change is affecting their country and why urgent and bold action is needed from high-emitting countries like Scotland. Join us for an important discussion!


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How can we measure policy coherence?

Policy coherence for sustainable development is finally starting to break through both in political documents and speeches. Now the development of an indicator measuring the SDG target 17.14 on coherence has also been started. CONCORD offer feedback on the High-Level Political Forum 2018 and insight on the progress towards policy coherence for sustainable development.


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New free course on Local Water Solutions for Global Challenges

Alliance member, Gaia Education, is offering a free course on Local Water Solutions for Global Challenges. This 5-week online programme starting on 24 September will give you a comprehensive overview of global water challenges and the means to identify local solutions.


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SDG Network seeks engagement with UK VNR

The UK Government's commitment to undertaking a Voluntary National Review (VNR) in 2019 of the UK's progress towards achieving the SDGs is welcomed . During August, members of Scotland's SDG Network collaboratively produced a breifing note for DFID setting out the importance of engaging stakeholders in Scotland.


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Rohingya crisis one year on: Holding on to hope

During the last year, more than 700,000 Rohingya refugees were forced to leave their homes in Myanmar. Through the Humanitarian Emergency Fund (HEF), the Scottish Government made £120,000 available to help refugees who urgently required food, sanitation and health support. Half of this money was allocated to Christian Aid - what was its impact?


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CBM UK’s Andy Pyott receives Points of Light award

Dr Andy Pyott, from Inverness, is an Ophthalmologist who volunteers his skills and expertise to train local medics across Indonesia. In August, the UK Prime Minister, awarded  Dr Pyott with a Points of Light award for his incredible efforts to support some of the world’s forgotten people.


Upcoming events

Book Launch: Who's Reporting Africa Now?

17 Oct 2018 

Why and how do journalists use the photographs, video, and audio that NGOs produce? What effects does this have on the kinds of stories told about Africa?



Mass Climate Lobby of the Scottish Parliament

19th September 2018

Join people from across Scotland at the Scottish Parliament to ask your MSPs to push for a strong Climate Change Bill. The CLimate justice arguement must also be heard.


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