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Meeting global challenges and making a difference - aligning international development policy with global goals: analysis of responses

Published: 29 Sep 2016
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Analysis of responses received during consultation on international development policy.

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Meeting global challenges and making a difference - aligning international development policy with global goals: analysis of responses
Annex 5: Suggested alternative themes and sources of expertise (Q8 / Q9)

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Annex 5: Suggested alternative themes and sources of expertise (Q8 / Q9)

The consultation asked (in Question 8) whether any alternative themes should replace the current themes. Space was provided for respondents to suggest up to three alternative themes, and to give their reasons. Respondents were then asked (in Question 9) whose specific expertise could be harnessed to deliver the programme ambitions in relation to the themes suggested.

Sixty-one respondents (48 organisations and 13 individuals) commented at Question 8, and 78 (57 organisations and 21 individuals) made comments at Question 9. The comments in Question 9 did not always relate to the specific suggestions made by respondents in Question 8. Some respondents identified possible alternative themes, but did not always go on to say whose expertise could be harnessed to help deliver the programme's objectives in this area. Others took the opportunity to make more general comments about the issue of whose expertise should be drawn upon to help deliver Scotland's international development programme.

The table below provides a summary of the responses to both questions.

Alternative themes suggested (Question 8)

Suggested source(s) of expertise (Question 9)

Themes related to equalities, inclusion and human rights:

  • Gender equality (including 'women and girls'; 'women and children'; 'sexual and gender-based violence' and 'reproductive rights')
  • Disability (including disability related to children)
  • Human rights education
  • Minority communities



  • NGOs and other charities involved in the empowerment of women and girls
  • Universities (including University of Edinburgh's School of African Studies)
  • Women's groups from all sectors in Scotland
  • Private sector
  • Other funders (including People's Postcode Lottery, Big Lottery Fund, and Comic Relief)
  • Individuals (including 'female leaders who have grown up in the poorer areas of Scotland who know what it is to fight for what they believe in and need for their community')
  • Women's rights organisations
  • Gender in health: NHS, universities, NGOs working on girls' and women's health and rights
  • Gender in education: local authorities, universities and NGOs working on girls' and women's access to public life
  • Gender in governance and human rights: Feminist NGOs, political parties, politicians in various levels of government (community councils, local councils, Scottish Parliament), churches, NGOs working to support women's engagement in politics


  • Research and academic organisations (including Universities of Edinburgh and Strathclyde)
  • Health sector
  • Third sector disability organisations (including Enable, Inclusion Scotland, Scottish Disability Equality Forum, Mental Health Foundation)
  • Civil society
  • Scottish Government Equality Unit
  • Scottish Human Rights Commission
  • NGOs working in the area of disability

Themes related to health:

  • Health and sanitation
  • Public health
  • Trauma healing training
  • Under-nutrition
  • Maternal neonatal and child health ( MNCH)


Health and sanitation:

  • James Hutton Institute and other research organisations

Public health

  • Academic / research organisations (including Social & Public Health Sciences Unit, Glasgow; Global Health Academy; Centre for African Studies, University of Edinburgh)
  • Scottish charities working in public health
  • Public bodies ( NHS Scotland, health partnerships through the Tropical Health and Education Trust)
  • Professional bodies
  • Civil society and advocacy groups (such as mental health service user groups)
  • Diaspora groups


  • Third sector

Trauma healing training

  • Third sector

Themes related to education and capacity building

  • Teacher training
  • Skills development
  • Local capacity building
  • Inclusive and equitable education
  • International educational exchange partnerships


Skills development:

  • Teacher and school exchanges
  • Academies and colleges
  • Apprenticeships

Local capacity building:

  • NGOs working in development
  • Diaspora (cultural knowledge)
  • Private sector (including renewable energy sector and small businesses in Highlands and Islands)
  • Community development organisations in remote areas

International educational exchange partnerships

  • Secondary school governing bodies

Themes related to children and young people

  • Youth empowerment (including through the development of 'Global Citizenship')
  • Child protection
  • Child rights
  • Maternal neonatal and child health ( MNCH)


Youth empowerment:

  • Volunteering and gap year programmes (including those offered through the International Citizenship Service ( ICS) and Project Trust)

Themes related to water, climate and energy

  • Water provision and management
  • Climate and energy (including water management)


Water provision and management:

  • James Hutton Institute and other research organisations
  • Hydro Nation Programme (including the Hydro Nation Scholars Programme and the Centre of Expertise for Waters hosted by Scotland's academic / research institutions)
  • Public bodies (including Scottish Water and Scottish Environment Protection Agency ( SEPA))
  • Charitable and private sector (including Alliance for Water Stewardship and Water Witness International, Diageo)

Themes related to economic and private sector development

  • Private sector development (including 'decent work and economic growth' 'large-scale entrepreneurship', 'sustainable business practices', 'income generating activities' and 'manufacturing')
  • Tourism
  • Industry and artisan technical training
  • Economic inequality


Private sector development:

  • Academic experts (University of Edinburgh, University of Hull)
  • Third sector
  • Private sector and social enterprises


  • Private sector (including companies working in tourism in Malawi, and Scottish tourism bodies)

Themes related to organisational development

  • Functional institutions
  • Human resources (including looking at 'career pathways for professionals')


Functional institutions:

  • Academic / university organisations (particularly schools of management)
  • Public and private sector (including sector specific areas of expertise in health, education, engineering, etc.)

Themes related to justice and peace

  • Legal and judicial systems (including 'training of magistrates', 'youth justice, community justice and restorative justice', and 'security and law enforcement')
  • Peace and reconciliation
  • Violence reduction, conflict resolution / mediation and global partner building
  • Secularism


Legal and judicial systems:

  • Legal bodies (including the judiciary, children's panel system, community payback system, courts, Legal Aid system)
  • Public bodies (including Scottish Prison Service, social services, social welfare system)

Peace and reconciliation:

  • Church

Violence reduction, conflict resolution / mediation and global partner building:

  • Public bodies: (including Police Scotland, Scottish Violence Reduction Unit, Scottish Police College work on community policing)
  • Academic organisations
  • Private sector
  • Civic society (John Smith Memorial Trust, Beyond Borders)
  • Charities and NGOs ( HALO Trust)
  • Examples given of Scotland's role in international diplomacy (Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan, Dec 2003; Turkish MPs, academics and political journalists, Jul 2011; Conference for Special Envoy's Syrian Women's Advisory Board, May 2016).

Themes related to technology

  • Information and communications technology
  • Technology in general


Information and communications technology:

  • Academic / research organisations (including university departments of computing and the University of Edinburgh e-Health network)
  • Scottish Government experts
  • Special Health Boards ( NES)
  • Remote and Rural Health Educational Alliance ( RRHEAL), Inverness
  • Mobile phone companies (Airtel in Zambia and other African countries)
  • Private sector computing companies
  • Global networks (including mhealth, Healthcare Information for All ( HIFA))
  • HIFA-Zambia Global Health Network
  • NGOs working in this area

Themes related to agriculture and rurality

  • Sustainable agriculture (including 'food and nutrition resilience' and 'Zero Hunger')
  • Rurality


Sustainable agriculture:

  • James Hutton Institute and other academic / research organisations


  • NHS Education for Scotland RRHEAL
  • University of Zambia, School of Medicine and Department of Nursing Sciences
  • NGOs (including Maternal and Child Health Advocacy International based in the Scottish Highlands)
  • HIFA-Zambia Global Health Network

Themes related to resilience and emergency response

  • Resilience (including 'disaster risk reduction')
  • Emergency response (including 'natural and man-made disasters')



  • Academic / research organisations

Emergency response:

  • Public bodies (including NES Knowledge Services and Medical Directorate); fire, ambulance and rescue services (both in Scotland and Africa)
  • Academic / research organisations / medical schools / hospitals (including University of Dundee and Ninewells Hospital A&E Department)
  • Government
  • NGOs (including On-Call Africa, the Virtual Doctor, EMMS)
  • Global networks (Health Care Information for All - HIFA)

Other suggested themes

  • Refugees and displaced persons
  • Global citizenship
  • Sport and physical activity
  • Social cohesion (including counteracting religious divides)
  • Animal welfare (including neutering to reduce number of stray dogs, and rabies treatment)
  • Art and culture (including spirituality and natural history)
  • Social welfare (including 'poverty intervention' relating to street children, ex-child soldiers, orphans and widows)
  • Research


Refugees and displaced persons:

  • Development Education Centres across Scotland
  • Government
  • Research / academic organisations
  • Civil society

Global citizenship:

  • Volunteering and gap year programmes (including International Citizenship Service ( ICS) and Project Trust)

Social cohesion:

  • Other funders (including People's Postcode Lottery, Big Lottery, and Comic Relief)
  • Other governments with similar international investment programmes

Sport and physical activity:

  • Sport Scotland
  • Commonwealth Games Scotland

Animal welfare:

  • Glasgow and Edinburgh Universities (rabies specialists)