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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 supports 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:

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.

5 April - The Scottish Government has provided a £30,000 grant to Concern Universal to deliver solar lanterns to people whose lives have been affected by the recent flooding in Malawi.

5 March - The Minister for Europe & International Development has announced an extension of funding for a British Council scholarship scheme which so far has helped over 1400 schoolchildren to attend school.

26 February - The Minister for Europe & International Development has announced the successful recipients of the Small Grant Funding Round.  The full list of projects is available here.

28 January - The Minister for Europe & International Development has announced a total of 20 projects to be funded in Malawi between 2015 and 2018 worth over £9 million.  Full details of the projects are available on the website.