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August 2018


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Small Grants 2019 Funding Round Announced

International Development organisations based in Scotland can now apply for funding through the Scottish Government’s International Development Small Grants Programme which opened on 2nd August 2018.

Jane Salmonson, CEO at the Alliance, welcomed the announcement, saying that this funding "makes it possible for smaller organisations across Scotland to make a distinct contribution to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in partner countries."

Celebrating Safe Spaces for Youth

As International Youth Day 2018 approaches, we highlight some of the important work undertaken by our colleagues and members to help create safe spaces for young people to come together, engage in activities, participate in decision making and freely express themselves.

Improving Menstrual Health in Rural Kenya

Alison Wood, team leader at Lilypads, a social enterprise that provides girls with reusable sanitary towels, writes about their recent work in the Homa-bay area of Kenya, where their product was distributed to local school girls, and training was provided to local volunteers.

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Registration now open and volunteer wanted!

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 both in Scotland and across the world.

We are delighted to announce that Ben Macpherson MSP, the newly appointed Scottish Government Minister for Europe, Migration and International Development and Imogen Davies, Oxfam GB's Programme Adviser on Youth Active Citizenship will address the conference as keynote speakers.

We are also looking for an enthusiastic and committed volunteer to support the planning and running of the conference. Check out details here.

Call to Alliance members for collaboration on climate change inquiry

The International Development Committee has launched an inquiry on UK aid for combating climate change.

The Alliance plans to submit a written response to this inquiry, but it is important that this response reflects the views, insight and expertise of as many members as possible.  

As we plan our response, we will use the new online Alliance Community. It now has more than 140 users registered, but some organisations are still underrepresented. Don't miss out on your chance to get involved!

Leave No-one Behind: progress on the Global Goals in Scotland and abroad

Along with the Scotland Malawi Partnership, Scotland’s SDG Network, and the UN, we are co-hosting a panel discussion on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the City Chambers in Edinburgh.

The event will give those interested in the SDGs, at home or abroad, the chance to apply the knowledge and experience of others into their own work. We will hear from experts on LDCs, Scotland's approach to the SDGs, and contributors to the recent UKSSD report Measuring Up.


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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!


UK amongst 39 countries planning to present VNRs at HLPF 2019

Only days after the UN High Level Political Forum 2018 in New York, 39 countries have pledged to submit a Voluntary National Review (VNR) of progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.

DFID will lead on the production of the UK's VNR and will be consulting widely in the coming months with other government departments, devolved nations and civil society.

Get in touch for more info.

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EU 'aid for trade' deals to be replicated with UK after Brexit

Twenty-nine developing countries have agreed to replicate the European Union’s Economic Partnership Agreements with the United Kingdom after it exits the EU, according to a government source.


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Clean water for all is still centuries away

WaterAid - which says nearly 850 million people lack clean water - predict the world will miss the global goal to provide drinking water and adequate sanitation for everyone by 2030.


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Round-up of Global Disability Summit 2018

The first truly international summit on disability brought 800 delegates together from around the world for 2 days in London in July. The summit was co-hosted by DFID, the Government of Kenya and the International Disability Alliance, and yielded ambitious commitments from a host of governments and other organisations.


Prioritising trade means UK Aid risks not helping poorest, MPs warn

Government's focus on promoting investment in Britain risks leaving women, children and disabled people in developing countries behind, the House of Commons International Development Committee says.

Committee said the government's strategy for promoting economic growth in poorer countries had placed "insufficient focus" on helping those most in need.


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U.N. pact offers hope to world's climate migrants

Be it by flood, drought or hurricane, communities at risk of climate displacement have won vital protection after their plight was for the first time recognized in a global pact on migration at the UN last month.


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UK Aid funding boost for Mercy Corps' work in Yemen

The Edinburgh based charity and Alliance member has been awarded funding by the UK Government to extend its life-saving work in one of the worst affected regions in Yemen.



Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals 2018

This resource presents maps, charts, and stories related to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.  It discusses trends, comparisons, and measurement issues using accessible and shareable data visualizations.


DFID Annual Report and Accounts 2017 to 2018

This report sets out information on DFID's role and activities, who they work with, how they achieve their aims, and information on DFID’s headline results and achievements for 2017-18.


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