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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:

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.

23 January - The Minister for Europe and International Development has announced a total of £150,000 funding for relief efforts in Malawi after severe flooding left over 170 dead and 200,000 people displaced. £120,000 will be given to UNICEF in Malawi to help their relief efforts, whilst a total of £30,000 will be donated to members of the Scotland Malawi Partnership who are currently delivering urgent humanitarian aid on the ground:

Scottish Organisation

Malawi Partner


SG Funding

FROM (Famine Relief for Orphans in Malawi)

Scotland-Chikwawa Health Initiative* and DC in Chikwawa



Church of Scotland World Mission Council

Blantyre Synod (CCAP)

Blantyre and surrounding area


Children’s Medical Care Malawi

College of Medicine and Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital



Scotland Malawi Foundation

Opportunity Bank



EMMS International

Mulanje Mission Hospital




3 December - First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced a further £200,000 of Scottish Government funding to help in the fight against Ebola in West Africa, bringing Scottish Government support for the Ebola crisis to a total of £1 million, following other funding announcements earlier this year.

9 October - The Minister for Environment & Climate Change has announced a total of 6 new projects to be funded in Sub Saharan Africa through the Climate Justice Fund.