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October 2017


Rohingya refugee crisis: Scottish Government pledges £120,000 for emergency response

The First Minister has announced that the Scottish Government’s Humanitarian Emergency Fund is distributing £120,000 as an emergency response to the Rohingya refugee crisis.

Hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohingya civilians have been forced to flee towards Bangladesh. 

This announcment follows on from a previous announcement that the Humanitarian Emergency Fund is distributing £300,000 to help support people left homeless following floods that ravaged South Asia.

UK Government joins Call to Action to end forced labour, modern slavery and human trafficking at the 72nd UN General Assembly

In September 2017, during the 72nd Meeting of the UN General Assembly, the UK Government joined 36 other Member States and Observer States who endorsed a Call to Action which represents a  commitment to end forced labour, modern slavery, human trafficking, and the worst forms of child labour in our world by 2030.

This year all 193 Member States also addressed the 72nd annual general debate, on the theme “Focusing on people: striving for peace and a decent life for all on a sustainable planet.” A timely theme, given last weeks two year anniversary of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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Project Trust – An inspiring educational charity hidden away on a Hebridean Island…

Don’t let the obscure and remote location fool you, Project Trust is global in scope, playing a meaningful role for the international development sector.

The charity aims to empower young people through a challenging volunteering experience, making a positive difference to their overseas host communities and sharing their learning and understanding when they return home.

The Alliance has launched! Now the real work begins...

Now the dust has settled after our Annual Conference 2017, it is important to offer a little reflection on the day and give our thanks to all those who supported us – including delegates, speakers, affiliates, sponsors and suppliers.

This year’s Annual Conference was the official launch of Scotland’s International Development Alliance – a new strategy, name, and brand – aiming to bring more people and sectors together.


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SNP condemn UK Government as arms sales to Saudi Arabia dwarf aid assistance to Yemen

The SNP’s International Affairs spokesperson has condemned the UK government after figures revealed that the UK government’s aid assistance to Yemen is dwarfed in comparison to its arms sales to Saudi Arabia by more than 18x in the same time period.

Members of International Development Committee announced

In September, The House of Commons agreed the appointment of members of the International Development Committee. Chris Law, the SNP’s International Development spokesman, is the only Scottish MP represented on the Committee. The new members will join Stephen Twigg, Chair of the Committee.

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UK launches coordinating body for aid funded cross-government research

A coalition of U.K. government departments and research donors have announced the launch of a new coordinating body for aid-funded development research, to be chaired by the director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Professor Baron Peter Piot.


BIG LOTTERY FUND new international strategy

Big Lottery Fund are due to launch their new international strategy in October 2017. The new strategy will focus on enabling disabled people to improve their livelihoods in Tanzania and Uganda. Potential grant applicants are encouraged to attend our information session on 12th October 2017


2017 Global Trends in Giving Report

The 2017 Global Trends in Giving Report summarizes donor data across six continents about how online and mobile technology effects giving.

A Stocktake Review of DFID’s Work on HIV

STOPAIDS has carried out a civil society review of The Department for International Development’s (DFID’s) work on HIV and AIDS. 

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