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International Development

The Scottish Government's International Development Policy articulates the vision of Scotland's place in the world as a good global citizen, committed to play its role in addressing the challenges faced by our world. With a focus on working in partnership and achieving real and tangible outcomes on the ground, the Policy seeks to build upon both the historical and contemporary relationships that exist between Scotland and the developing world.

The Scottish Government's £9 million International Development Fund is focussed on seven countries around the world. We have a partnership agreement with the Government of Malawi and around half of our funding goes to projects in that country. We also support projects in three other countries in Sub Saharan Africa and in 3 countries in South Asia. The Small Grants Funding Round has been set up to provide funding to smaller NGOs for projects in our 7 priority countries.

In addition, we are currently funding work in Uganda and South Africa through our partnership with Sport Relief and over the last few years we have provided emergency humanitarian funding in response to the crises in Syria, the Philippines, Gaza and West Africa.

The Scottish Government is also funding projects in Sub Saharan Africa through the Climate Justice Fund.


Latest news:


29th September - The future geographic focus of the Scottish Government’s refreshed International Development policy was announced by the Minister for International Development & Europe on 29 September at the Network of International Development Organisations in Scotland’s (NIDOS) AGM. This follows a public consultation between February and May 2016.   

The Scottish Government’s new international development programme consists of 4 partner countries. Malawi, Zambia and Rwanda form our sub-Saharan African cluster and for South Asia we will continue to partner with Pakistan with an emphasis on education through scholarships.

Full News Release can be found here  http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/Scotland-s-place-as-global-citizen-2be5.aspx

Consultation analysis report can be found here. http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2016/09/9473


2nd September - The Scottish Government has today announced the opening of the 2017 Small Grants Programme. The programme, administered by Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland, is designed to accommodate smaller funding requests. Applications for the 2017 Programme are now open with a closing date of 28th November 2016.

More information about the Programme can be found here.

9th March - Minister for Europe and International Development, Humza Yousaf, has today announced the grants that have been awarded under the 2016-19 Small Grants Programme. A full list of the grants that have been awarded can be found at our 'Small Grants Programme' tab to the left of this page.

24th February, 2016 - The Scottish Government has today launched its public consultation on our International Development Policy, entitled 'Meeting Global Challenges & Making a Difference - Aligning Our International Development Policy with the Global Goals'. By participating in this consultation, we are inviting individuals and organisations from Scotland, the UK, and abroad to consider how best our policy can be aligned with the new Sustainable Development Goals whilst also giving our programme more focus to achieve greater impact on the ground.

For more information on our Consultation including a link to the Consultation itself, click here.

24th December - The International Development Team has released the latest edition of its biannual newsletter, looking back on 6 months of overseas visits, Ministerial announcements, and the 10th Anniversary of our international development programme. The full newsletter can be found here.

23 July - Humza Yousaf, Minister for Europe and International Development, has this morning announced the launch of a series of reports from the Scottish Government’s flagship Malawi Renewable Energy Acceleration Programme (MREAP), delivered from 2012-2015.   These reveal that this world-leading initiative led by the University of Strathclyde has brought new energy access to nearly 80,000 people in rural areas of Malawi.  The Scottish Government is keen to share the findings from this world-leading programme to inform the future of energy for development.  Please click here for more information.

The Minister's announcement was made at the Scottish Government's 'Sustainability Event' held at COSLA Conference Centre on 23rd July - the first in a series of events marking 10 years of the SG's International Development Fund. The slides from the event are now available here.

13 July - The Minister for Europe and International Development has announced the extension of the Scottish Government's Small Grants Programme to a third year. Applications for the Programme are now open, with up to £500,000 being made available to Scottish NGOs for capacity building, feasibility studies, and development projects. Full details of the application process and criteria can be found here.

15 June - The International Development Team has released its biannual newsletter, reflecting on a busy 6 months of fundings rounds, humanitarian work, and officials' visits to our priority countries. The full newsletter is available here.

28 April - The Minister for Europe & International Development has announced £250,000 Scottish Government funding to assist people who have been affected by the earthquake in Nepal.