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Meeting Global Challenges and Making a Difference - Aligning our International Development Policy with the Global Goals: Analysis of Responses

Meeting Global Challenges and Making a Difference - Aligning our International Development Policy with the Global Goals: Analysis of Responses

Thursday, September 29, 2016

ISBN: 9781786524959

The analysis of responses received during the Scottish Government's consultation exercise on its International Development Policy. The exercise ran from Feb-May 2016 & the document contained 22 questions covering re-prioritisation of the International Development Fund, both geographic & thematic, the value of diaspora links, ways of improving the current funding models, partnership working & capacity building, encouraging trade & investment, supporting sustainable growth & the Beyond Aid agenda.

Executive Summary

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.