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November 2017


Friends of the Earth Scotland head to UN Climate Change Conference 2017 (COP 23)

This year’s UN Climate Change Conference is hosted by Fiji, and is a key opportunity to fight for more climate action to protect low lying nations and the most vulnerable communities around the world.

Alliance members, Friends of the Earth Scotland, will be taking 10 Scottish activists overland to Bonn ahead of the climate talks from 6-17 November 2017. They will meet communities already impacted by climate change, join international rallies and participate in a major anti-coal protest.

Dr Richard Dixon, Director of Friends of The Earth Scotland, said “The lives and livelihoods of millions depend upon rich nations cutting emissions as soon as possible.”

Malawi 2018 funding round now open

The Scottish Government today announced the opening of its new grants round under its Malawi Development Programme. 

This call, which comes on the twelfth anniversary of the signing of the co-operation agreement between the Governments of Scotland and Malawi incorporates some new features.  Grants can now be made up to a maximum of £300,000 and extend for a period of up to 4.5 years.   

The Malawi Development Programme fits within the development assistance programme, the first and largest element in the Scottish Government’s £10m International Development Fund, one means by which it implements its International Development Strategy

Welcoming the announcement, David Hope-Jones, CEO of the Scotland Malawi partnership said: "Since 2005 we've seen this programme deliver significant impact; helping transform the lives of a great many by working in dignified partnership with our friends and partners in Malawi."

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What is the role of universities in international development?

The shifting funding landscape and emphasis on evidence has led to an ever-increasing university presence in areas previously dominated by NGOs and governments.  How do they fit into an already complex landscape of international development activity and how can they best contribute to improving welfare for the world's poorest people?

On 15 November, the Glasgow Centre for International Development, at the University of Glasgow, is bringing together experts from different sectors to explore the role of universities in international development at an interactive panel discussion chaired by Scotland’s International Development Alliance Vice-Chair and Senior Fellow at IIED, Simon Anderson.

Upcoming Alliance events not to be missed

The Alliance is running two useful training events this month... 

The first of these on 16 November, as part of the recently restarted Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) group, will look at how organisations capture their learning. Can looking at failure be useful? This discussion will focus on the use of failure reports and whether they are a helpful tool for programme design.

Register here.

The second event, on 21 November in Aberdeen, includes interactive training workshops on Project Planning & Monitoring and a chance to connect with other member organisations over lunch. Alliance members, Soapbox Collaborative, will also be talking about the power of partnerships.

Register here.

The Scottish Fair Trade Awards 2017

Fair Trade campaigners, businesses and supporters came together on Thursday 12th October to celebrate the 5th annual Scottish Fair Trade Awards.

Each year the Scottish Fair Trade Forum hosts the annual Fair Trade Awards to recognise individuals, groups, organisations and campaigns that have made a significant impact on Fair Trade in Scotland throughout the year.

This year they presented awards to 7 different individuals and organisations across different categories.


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Working together to improve people’s lives: University and NGO collaboration

Tearfund and The Institute for Global Health and Development (IGHD), based at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh - both members of the Alliance, have collaborated on newly published research that has shed a light on the issue of who people trust during times of crisis.


Cross Party Group on International Development meets on 13 December 2017

The next meeting of this CPG at the Scottish Parliament will explore international development education and global citizenship. How do global citizenship education, the SDGs and international development connect? Hear some practical actions that MSPs and others can take locally to promote international development. Get in touch if you are interested in joining the discussion.

For the price of a few warships, we could end slavery once and for all

With fewer slaves in the world today than there have ever been, it would cost just £650 a head to usher it into extinction – so why hasn’t that happened?

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BOND's highlights from the DAC’s high-level meeting on aid rules

At the end of October, the OECD DAC High Level Meeting concluded. While much attention in the UK was focused on proposals from the Secretary of State for International Development to change aid rules, the meeting outlined detailed thinking and reactions to complex challenges from around the globe which the 30 DAC member states seek to address.

UK leads international support for Rohingya crisis at landmark conference

The UK has increased its support for innocent families who have been forced to flee relentless violence in Burma and make the treacherous journey to Bangladesh to find refuge. This is an increase of £12 million committed since the end of August, including £5 million to match the generous donations of the UK public to the Disaster Emergency Committee appeal.

UK Trade White Paper: A Once in a Lifetime Opportunity for Development

The UK Government has made a welcome commitment to improve trade access for poor countries after Brexit. The question in the White Paper is how to do that...


The AidWatch Report is now available

This publication provides insights on the successes and failures of the EU to ensure Member States make significant progress towards the Aid targets: what is the Development Aid budget used for? For whom? And how?

Barefoot Guide 5: Mission Inclusion

This Barefoot Guide, written by 34 practitioners from 16 different countries on all continents, tackles the deep challenges of exclusion and comes up with creative, innovative and workable solutions. 

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