1. The Scottish Government undertook a public consultation on its international development programme between February and May 2016. The consultation discussion paper, Meeting Global Challenges and Making a Difference, invited views about how its policy in this area should develop in the future.
2. Currently, the Scottish Government’s International Development Fund (IDF) has a budget of £9m per year and supports 57 projects in seven countries across eight themes. In its consultation paper, the Scottish Government set out its ambition to achieve greater impact by targeting the IDF more carefully and also affirmed its desire to align its international development activity more closely with the United Nations (UN) Global Goals.
3. Respondents supported the Scottish Government’s ambition and its approach. They highlighted the emphasis on partnership working, civic engagement, capacity building and long-term commitment, as exemplified by Scotland’s work with Malawi, and drew attention to the perceived success of this. They were also generally supportive of a more targeted geographic focus; however, there were reservations about narrowing the thematic focus.