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.
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.