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February 2018


Bill Gates meets our members

Lewis Macdonald MSP, Convenor of the Scottish Parliament Cross Party Group on International Development, welcomed Bill Gates during his recent visit to Edinburgh, to a meeting in the Parliament.  Attendees included our member organisations EMMS International, Glasgow University Centre for International Development, SCIAF and Signpost International.

New annual training event series launches 8th March

Struggling to get your head around GDPR? In need of some new fundraising ideas? Or maybe you want some inspiration to improve your comms? Join us for our new annual training day!

In response to demand from our members, this year we will look at three key topics throughout the day: GDPR, fundraising and communication. Places are limited, so don’t delay! 

Rubbish is a resource - why waste it?

You saw the recent headlines, ‘8 million tonnes of plastic waste dumped in our oceans every year’, and ‘Plastics take hundreds of years to degrade’. 

Waste, including plastics, is a problem all around the world; in fact 2 billion people don’t have any waste collection. Jill Matthews, of WasteAid UK explains why her organisation encourages people around the world to see waste as a resource, not rubbish to be dumped and washed into the sea.

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Ministerial Meeting – an open invitation!

Dr. Alasdair Allan, Scottish Government Minister for International Development, is joining us for a third meeting in this new series of quarterly meetings with representatives of the international development sector in Scotland.  The meeting will be on 28 February, 0930-1200, in Central Edinburgh. 

The format is informal dialogue, roundtable style, with agenda items put forward by participants.  Numbers are therefore strictly limited to twenty. Click below to find out more.

Alliance members meet UK International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt

On 26 January 2018, Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt MP, Secretary of State for International Development met with a range of Alliance members in the University of Edinburgh’s Easter Bush campus. She invited members to speak about their own organisations’ priorities and their views on what the priorities for DFID ought to be, and gave an overview of  the different issues to which she is especially committed.  Jane Salmonson, CEO of the Alliance, spoke of the distinctive contribution being made by Scottish civil society.

What Difference Are We Making? A look at Impact Assessment

 How do we know we are really making the impact we want to achieve? Are we asking the right questions?  Come along to our next MEL (Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning) Working Group event on 27 February to find out more about Impact Assessment.

Chris Martin, Impact and Learning Advisor at Mary’s Meals, will be the guest speaker.

Innovative new online charity finance training

The dreaded F word... finance. It is the topic that many charities prefer not to think about.

Our new 3-part online training series on charity finance is just the thing to help get your books in order!

The first session will be pre-recorded and will be on our website from Thursday 8th February.  You can watch this session at any point after that, in your own time, as long as you do so before the first live session on 1st March.


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Open letter published with over 300 signatories

The SDG Network – along with organisations and individuals across the country – has issued an open letter calling on key decision makers  to show their commitment to delivering the SDGs in Scotland.

Alliance staff member, Lewis Ryder-Jones, also writes in their blog series on why 'policy coherence' is important to achieving the SDGs. 

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UNICEF's new executive director proposes a shift in priorities

During her first overseas trip since assuming the role at the start of January,Henrietta Fore said she hopes to further blend business and development in the coming year.

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Sustainable Development Goals Training for Multipliers in Review

Gaia Education's Training for Multipliers are designed to build the capacity of facilitators to hold important conversations on how to implement the 17 SDGs. 

Read their review.

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Closing date announced for next review of Small Charities Challenge Fund applications

Last year, DFID announced the launch of a new grant funding mechanism, the Small Charities Challenge Fund, for organisations with an annual income of under £250,000.  T The closing date for the second review of proposals is 29 March, 2018.

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Reminder: Lobbying Register comes into force on 12 March

We strongly advise organisations who this affects to practice registering and creating information returns on the Lobbying Register website. You only have until 28 Feb to give it a shot.

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Leave No One Behind Working Group launch event a big success...

How do we know our work actually leaves no one behind?
A new Leave No One Behind Working Group has been set up by Alliance members to answer this question and more.

Read about the inaugural meeting


Leave no one behind: How the development community is realising the pledge

Bond’s report provides an overview of some of the main actions being undertaken by different actors that are intended to contribute to realizing the commitment to ‘leave no one


Another useful resource as part of the 'Handy Hints' series - 'Individual Donors'

Looking to raise money from individual donors but not sure where to start? Our new guide gives you an overview on the different types of individual donors and how to approach and maintain relationships with them.


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