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.

Looking Forward

Thank you for taking the time to read our third report on the Scottish Government’s Contribution to International Development. We hope to continue the production of this report in future years. We welcome continued input and dialogue from all stakeholders as we seek to build on and improve this effort to capture the contributions to international development made across Scottish Government Ministerial portfolios and activities.

This report is written in a time of uncertainty, the COVID-19 pandemic forming the backdrop of most activities in the world in general and our International Development work specifically. COVID-19 and other global challenges will ask for resilience on our way to a sustainable recovery. In 2021 Scotland will welcome the world to the 26th UN Climate Change Conference Of Parties. A moment to emphasize our global citizenship and continue building strong partnerships. The Scottish Government remains absolutely committed to being a good global citizen and to contributing, along with our partner countries, to the Sustainable Development Goals. Global events such as the climate emergency, the COVID-19 pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement are wake-up calls to look for change; to establish partnerships and work together towards a just and equitable future. Our refocused International Development programme will be shaped by a new set of principles which takes this into account.

Should you have any questions, contributions or comments on this report, please contact the Scottish Government’s Central Enquiries Unit at or on 0131 244 4000. You can also write to the International Development Team at the address below:

International Development Team
Scottish Government
2H South
Victoria Quay



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