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August 2017


Official Development Assistance (ODA) 2016 announced

UK Government statistics published in November show £13.4bn spent on ODA, reaching 0.7% of gross national income (GNI).  The figures show a marked decline in amounts spent by DFID and increase in amounts spent by other government departments.

Scotland’s International Development Alliance welcomes the Inquiry of the International Development Committee (IDC) into the definition and administration of ODA.

We will be providing a written submission in time for the 15 December 2017 deadline and strongly encourage our members to participate, either by providing their own submission directly, or contacting us to contribute to ours.

Oxfam responds to Rohingya Crisis

Since the 25th August, 624,000 Myanmar Refugees have crossed the border into Bangladesh. In total 1.2m people are in need. In response, Oxfam Scotland received funding from the Scottish Government’s Humanitarian Emergency fund to install water pumps, provide latrines and refurbish existing water points in the Cox's Bazaar region of Bangladesh. This intervention will help more than 14,000 refugees who have risked their lives traveling across the border and now survive in cramped and makeshift camps.

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New working group launch event in January 2018

Scotland’s International Development Alliance, with the help of its members, is excited to be launching the new working group on ‘Leave No One Behind’. The new group will focus on ensuring that international development is truly inclusive.  From identifying needs to project proposal and delivery to monitoring, evaluation and learning, it is vital that the most marginalised and vulnerable people are not only included but engaged and involved at all levels.

Wanted! More mentors to join our team

Do you know anyone experienced in Marketing & Communications, Business Development or Organisational Development? Would they be interested in using their skills in a productive way by mentoring international development organisations who are looking to improve and grow? If so, we would like to hear from you!

Civil Society Effectiveness Roundtable with DfID

Diarmuid O’Neill, Senior Policy Advisor, Civil Society, and Morna Welsh, Deputy Programme & Policy Manager, Civil Societies Team, both from the Inclusive Societies Dept, DFID, will lead a meeting with representatives from Scottish civil society organisations, on 23rd January 2018.

Alliance Policy Committee established

Our Board have established a new Policy Committee that is to be chaired by vice-chair Simon Anderson. The group aims to set the proactive policy priorities of the Alliance, approve policy positions and allow for coordinated responses when dealing reactively with emerging issues.  All members can feed into work undertaken by this group by contacting Lewis.


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WaterAid campaign brings village life to life

WaterAid has used a £5m UK Aid Match grant to transform the way supporters get to know the people they are invited to support.  Its ‘Untapped appeal' invites supporters to visit the village of Tombohuaun in Sierra Leone and meet some of the people who live there, taking part in their every day lives.  The ‘Untapped’ campaign offers not only 360 degree views, but also an interactive experience. Find out more

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10 reflections on the big challenges to civil society

Patrick Watt, Global Campaign, Advocacy and Communications Director at Save the Children International, writes for Disrupt & Innovate about shared themes, challenges and questions for civil society in these turbulent times.

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The Alliance is looking for a new team member!

Scotland's International Development Alliance is looking for a new Communications and Administration Assistant (part-time) to support us in developing and maintaining our outward facing communications with member organisations, other actors within the international development sector and the wider public. Find out more, see a full job description and other sector vacancies on our vacancies page.

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SMP launch 2018 Year of Young People Competition

In support of the Year of Young People 2018, the SMP have launched an amazing competition for anyone aged 14-24 to run their own Scotland-Malawi themed event in their area.
You have from now until 17th January to think of an idea for a youth event and get your submission in. Enter online here.


Handy Hints: Crowdfunding

When it works, it really works, particularly if your campaign goes viral. But there is more to Crowdfunding than simply sitting back to watch the money roll in.... Our guide provides some advice on what to do and not to do when it comes to Crowdfunding.

Climate Action Network Report

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