The Scottish Government's new International Development Strategy replaces the existing 2008 Policy document.
This new Strategy builds upon our success since 2005, preserving the best aspects of our work to date with a commitment to fundamentally embed the UN Global Goals.
Scotland's International Development Strategy contributes to the fight against global poverty, inequality, injustice, and promotes sustainable development via the mechanism of the UN Global Goals.
Our Priorities in pursuit of our Vision are to Encourage new and historic relationships, Empower our partner countries, Engage the people of Scotland and Enhance our global citizenship.
Our Partner Countries are: Malawi, Zambia, Rwanda and Pakistan. The first 3 countries will form our sub-Saharan African project base and there will be a strong emphasis on education in Pakistan.
Our Ways of Working involve investing our International Development Fund, utilising Scottish expertise, collaborating with others and promoting the Beyond Aid Agenda.
The new Strategy stems from the public consultation undertaken earlier this year. See the 'Consultation' tab on the left to read our Consultation Paper and the accompanying Summary Paper.
The Scottish Government’s international development work began in 2005 with a £3 million budget for Malawi, reflecting 150 years of collaboration for development between our two countries. Whilst our programme continues to major on Scotland’s partnership with Malawi, it now also covers six other priority countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia with a budget of £9m per annum. We use these funds to support the people to people links that Scotland has with the developing world, and to support Scottish organisations to undertake projects alongside partners in our priority countries. In November 2015, we celebrated the 10th anniversary of the signing of the Cooperation Agreement between the Governments of Scotland and Malawi, and the beginning the Scottish Government’s international development work.
2015 was also a seminal year for international development in the wider global context. The UN’s Millennium Development Goals came to an end, and were replaced from 1 January 2016 by the new Sustainable Development Goals, or ‘Global Goals’. These represent the high level priorities in tackling poverty and inequality that UN member states will follow from now until 2030. In July 2015, the First Minister announced that the Scottish Government would adopt the SDGs, making Scotland one of the first nations on Earth to sign up to the Goals.
These key milestones - such as the advent of the new Global Goals and the 10th anniversary of our international development programme - made this an apt time to consider how best to refine our international development programme. To do so, we launched a public consultation exercise that invited responses from International Development stakeholders as well as wider civil society in Scotland, the UK, and overseas. We asked respondents to consider various aspects of our programme, such as the countries that we work in, the themes which underpin our projects and the nature of our funding model.
Our 2016 Consultation
To help us formulate our new refreshed policy, and to ensure that we continued the engagement with civil society that has been the basis of our ‘people-to-people approach’ to development with our partner countries, we were keen to hear views from as many people and as many different sectors as possible in Scotland, the UK, and further afield. In order to do so, we hosted a series of public consultation events to promote our International Development work and explain how the public can engage with the consultation process.
Meeting Global Challenges & Making a Difference - Aligning Our International Development Policy with the Global Goals: https://consult.scotland.gov.uk/international-development-team/meeting-global-challenges