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March 2018


Doing better for beneficiaries

In the aftermath of the shockwaves caused by the recent revelations of serious misconduct in our sector, Jamie Morrison, Chair, and Jane Salmonson, CEO of the Alliance look ahead to the next horizon.

Their statement sets out what the Alliance is doing, including collecting information to help members people check that their safeguarding policies and procedures are in line with best practice, holding a Safeguarding Information Day on 28 March and asking members to say what support they want through an online suggestion box.

Working with women and girls to provide a brighter future

As International Women’s Day approaches, Alliance members celebrate some of the great work being done across the world to fight gender inequality, empower girls and reduce the risk of exploitation.

131 million young and adolescent girls worldwide are out of school. Those who are in school often struggle to receive a quality education. Millions of girls also enter early marriages and have no opportunities for training or a career.

Clearly, there is much to be done, but many Scottish charities are committed to breaking this cycle.

The end of poverty requires the end of violence

While the world has made encouraging strides in the fight against global poverty, the hidden plague of everyday violence silently undermines our best efforts to help those in need.

Andy Bevan, Scotland Director of the International Justice Mission, writes about their work protecting the poor from violence.

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Upcoming events not to be missed

In March, we are holding a whole host of different events for our members...

On 16 March, the third and final part of our online charity finance training will be live streamed.  It's not to late to catch up and go through the first two sessions!

We also have another online training series on sustainability that gets underway on 21 March. This will be an interactive online series facilitated by Wren and Greyhound looking at sustainability, partnerships and income generation.

In April, we are pleased welcome MANGO who will be leading a two day workshop on “Assessing your Partners’ Financial Health”. This workshop would normally cost £550, but is completely free for members! Don't miss out!

Don't forget we also list external events of interest to the international development sector on our website.

Keeping your beneficiaries, volunteers and staff safe

On March 28th, the Alliance will be holding a special event with guest speakers including: Jude Turbyne, Head of Engagement at OSCR; Anna Myers, CEO of Whistleblowing International Network; Lorraine Currie, Head of International Programmes at SCIAF; and James Wells, CEO of EMMS International. 

The event will give members the opportunity to update their knowledge of safeguarding policies and practices, whistleblowing, reporting requirements and creating an organisational culture of zero tolerance of abuse.


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The role of media and perceptions of aid in Scotland

On 24 April 2018, the Cross Party Group on International Development will bring together representatives from the media and the international development sector to discuss the role of the media and perceptions of aid and international development in Scotland.

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Mercy Corps report finds almost two thirds of Syrians have lost jobs from Conflict

The scale of death and suffering in Syria is monumental. This study builds on an emerging body of evidence that examines the strategies conflict-affected Syrians employ to protect and adapt their lives and livelihoods and how they feed, clothe and shelter their families. 

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Resilient Roots: How constituent accountability helps organisations to counter closing civic spaces

The Resilient Roots initiative, co-ordinated by Civicus, is testing whether organisations who are more accountable and responsive to their roots - namely, their primary constituencies - are more resilient against external threats.

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Malawian coffee growers visit Scotland to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight 2018

Fairtrade Fortnight got underway last week and runs to 11 March 2018.The Scottish Fair Trade Forum is hosting two Malawian representatives from Mzuzu Coffee to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight and to further Malawian Fair Trade links to Scotland.

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Lives will be lost': Bangladesh rains promise further misery for Rohingya

With the monsoon season nearing in Bangladesh, refugees living in makeshift shelters after fleeing Myanmar face a major risk from floods and landslides.

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Why the Gates Foundation's first Middle East grant is a mobile money platform

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Managing Director of Global Policy and Advocacy Joe Cerrell speaks to Devex about which partners he hopes will get on board with the foundation's first direct foray into the Middle East: A mobile money platform for refugees and impoverished Jordanians.

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Turning promises into action: Gender equality in the 2030 Agenda

UN Women’s new flagship report uncovers significant gaps for women’s empowerment and puts forth a robust agenda to shift gears.

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2018 Global NGO Technology Report

Based upon the survey results of 5,352 NGOs from 164 countries, this report is groundbreaking in that it is the only annual research project dedicated to studying how NGOs use online tools.

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