International Development 2019-2020: contribution report

This is the third Scottish Government’s contribution to International Development report. It takes a holistic look at a wide cross-section of international development activity, including a reflection on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.


In 2019 and 2020 Scottish Government international development funds have contributed towards:


For example through:

  • Delivering cervical cancer screening and treatment in Malawi
  • Engaging couples in conflict in dialogue on sexual and reproductive health rights and family conflict resolution in Rwanda
  • Training health workers, nurses, clinicians and audiologists in ear and hearing care in Zambia
  • Helping to stop the spread of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (HEF activation)

Sustainable Economic Development

For example through:

  • Supporting rural farmers and agricultural practices in Malawi
  • Establishing self-help groups to improve financial literacy and income generation in Rwanda
  • Empowering youth through training in sustainable organic agricultural practices in Zambia


For example through:

  • Training primary school educators and establishing parent support groups to improve access to education for children with additional needs in Malawi
  • Training community literacy tutors in Rwanda
  • Collaboratively designing and testing a school-based continuing professional development programme in Zambia
  • Providing scholarships for women in Zambia (online MBA programme) and Pakistan

Capacity Building & Civic Governance

For example through:

  • Training on gender based violence and child protection by Police Scotland in Malawi and Zambia
  • Supporting child justice services in Malawi

Renewable Energy & Climate Justice

For example through:

  • Installation of a microgrid in Malawi
  • Providing solar systems for three hospitals in Zambia, including training for maintenance
  • Improving understanding of people’s human rights in relation to climate change in Malawi
  • Empowering women and youth to hold water service providers to account in Malawi

Global Citizenship

For example through:

  • Supporting Fair Trade through the Scottish Fair Trade Forum
  • Partnerships between NHS and partner countries, such as the partnership between NHS Lanarkshire and Central Province in Zambia

COVID-19 responses

COVID-19 has had a major impact on the projects. To ensure that as many projects as possible could continue, funds were pivoted on a case-by-case basis. With this funding projects were able to protect their staff, continue meeting (online) and contribute to the safety of communities, for example by integrating COVID-19 protection in training and education work.

Additional funding was made available to procure:

  • PPE
  • COVID-19 test kits
  • Digital devices to ensure a continuation of quality education



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