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November 2018


MSPs debate inaugural 'Contribution to Development' Report

On Thursday 25 October 2018, Members of the Scottish Parliament debated the Scottish Government’s inaugural Contribution to Development Report at Holyrood.

MSPs from all sides of the chamber reiterated their support for the Scottish Government’s international development work in this lively debate.

Importantly, members from all Parties also highlighted their support for better policy coherence, a key aspect of this new report.

All good in the hood? Why neighbourhood and collaboration matter for sustainable cities

Every week, 1.4 million people move to cities and by 2050 70 per cent of the global population will live in urban settings.  Cities are therefore facing unprecedented demographic, environmental, economic, social and spatial challenges.

On 31 October, the global community marked World Cities Day, which helped to focus attention on these issues.

Professor Ya Ping Wang, Director of SHLC at the University of Glasgow, explains why these issues should command attention every day of the year.

Minister for International Development to address AGM

We are delighted to announce that Ben Macpherson MSP, Minister for Europe, Migration and International Development will be joining the Alliance AGM on 5 December in Glasgow.  

'Safer For All' launch 5 December 2018

The Alliance will be launching its ‘Safer For All’ package of support for organisations to ensure they follow best practices in safeguarding.  The package has been designed in response to the findings of a survey undertaken jointly by the Alliance and the Scottish Government International Development team. 

The ‘suite’ of documents has been worked up to help organisations develop their own safeguarding policies and procedures appropriate to their own contexts, while drawing on and adapting existing best practices.  

The Alliance was represented at DFID’s Safeguarding Summit in London on 18 October.  Click below for more information on the Summit, including the UK Government’s announcement and a summary of UK NGOs’ collaborative work around safeguarding.

Winners of 2018 photo competition published

In advance of this year's Annual Conference, themed around the role of young people, we asked our members to submit photos illustrating sustainable development through the eyes of young people.

We would like to congratulate the winners: Children of Rwanda, Feed the Minds, Scottish Love in Action and WaterAid! 

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Civil Society Voice Event

13 November

Civil society has a long and proud tradition of advocating for social change, yet the space for campaigning has become ever tighter in recent years, especially in England and Wales.

Come along to this afternoon meeting in Edinburgh, co-organised with Bond and Quakers in Britain, to hear more and share your experiences.

Improving participation & partnership

21 November

Join the first session of our new Online Training series. Laura Lebec from Wren & Greyhound will help you to think strategically about how you work with stakeholders and partners.

Alliance AGM

5 December

All members are warmly invited to attend our AGM. Look out for the formal notice of meeting which has been emailed and for the AGM agenda and papers which are on the resources section of the website.  These include our statutory Annual Accounts, a paper about membership subscriptions and a downloadable Trustee nomination form. Please read these even if you are unable to attend the event and remember your right to nominate Trustees.

UK Aid Connect grant to boost Alliance effectiveness programme

The Alliance is starting to implement a new four-year grant from DFID, as a consortium partner with our sister agencies Bond, Hub Cymru Africa and CADA-Northern Ireland. Two staff members will be working full time on developing and delivering a range of face-to-face and online skills building and information sharing projects.

The findings of an effectiveness needs survey will be used to guide the design of services to ensure they are as useful and accessible as they can be. 

Views from our members are really important, so please take a moment to fill in our survey. Closes 30 November.


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DFID inviting submissions for Voluntary National Review

The UK Government are now inviting people to submit their responses telling them what indiviuals or organisations are doing, to help the UK deliver the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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Start the Change Project explores migration & the SDGs

 Start the Change is a 3-year project spanning 12 European countries and aims to increase citizens’ awareness of the need for a connected, considered and collaborative approach to achieving the SDGs by 2030. 

Based in Inverness, Highland One World Global Learning Centre (HOW) is the UK’s partner organisation and recently hosted a 3-day seminar.

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Support for Indonesia

Following the appeal by the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), £240,000 was made available from the Scottish Government Humanitarian Emergency Fund (HEF) in October. Edinburgh-based Alliance member, Mercy Corps has been putting some of that money to use in their response.

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New Human Capital Index

The World Bank launched its new Human Capital Index last month, an output of its ‘Building Human Capital’ project.  The HCI quantifies the contribution of health and education to a country’s income. 

The project aims to help countries to tackle the worst barriers to human capital development using a whole of government approach.  The World Bank have published the dataset and a video explaining the project.

Learn more

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Chris Law MP meets Alliance members

The SNP proposes an ethical and evidenced-based approach to foreign affairs, which includes international development, says Chris Law MP.

In October 2018, the SNP's Westminster International Development Spokesperson and member of the International Development Committee, met with Alliance members to discuss his role and share ideas on a variety of issues.

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Vine Trust launch new project in Tanzania

Edinburgh-based charity and member of the Alliance,Vine Trust, is excited to announce the launch of the largest building project ever to be undertaken by the organisation and collaborating in-country partners in Tazania.

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Tackling climate change – £600k fund for projects in Malawi and Zambia

£600,000 is being awarded to Scottish-based organisations working with partners in the two countries under the Climate Justice Innovation Fund, which empowers communities to respond to a changing environment.

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2018 Aid Worker Security Report published

Last month 24 year-old midwife, Hauwa Liman, was killed after being kidnapped from an ICRC project in north east Nigeria in March. This tragic death will add to the collection of grim statistics compiled in the Aid Worker Security Report. 

In 2017, 139 aid workers were killed doing their jobs and a further 179 were kidnapped or seriously injured.  There was a 30% rise in fatalities compared to 2016.

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Migration and the 2030 Agenda: an interactive tool

This interactive tool from ODI (best experienced using Google Chrome) is based on two years of research into how migration affects development outcomes.

Use the interactive tool

World Disaster Report 2018

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies have published their report with a call for the international humanitarian sector to do more to respond the needs of the world’s most vulnerable people.

Read the report

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