Minister for External Affairs, Humza Yousaf today launched a Small Grants Scheme for international development.
At the AGM of the Network of International Development Organisation of Scotland (NIDOS) in Glasgow, Mr Yousaf announced that the Corra Foundation will run the Scottish Government’s new funding programme – designed to help international development organisations in Scotland build capacity to bid for funding under the main International Development Fund, encourage innovation and create a wider pool of expertise and experience in developing countries.
The theme for the AGM was the question of what Scotland’s contribution might be to the United Nations’ Post 2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the eight international development goals established in 2000 by all 189 UN member states , with the ultimate aim to halve global poverty by 2015. On September 25, the UN will hold a one-day special event to review progress and learning from the MDGs, and advance thinking on the post-2015 agenda.
Towards that review process, Mr Yousaf also announced that the Scottish Government will facilitate the formation of a Post-2015 working group of Scottish international development Non Government Organisations and academics, on which NIDOS will be represented. The group’s remit will be to consider and inform the Scottish Government’s input into the framework that emerges from the UN’s plans.
Mr Yousaf said:
“Corra Foundation have a wealth of experience and expertise in administering grant schemes including overseas programmes in line with the Millennium Development Goals. We are looking forward to working with the team at Lloyds TSB and we will continue to liaise with NIDOS and the Scotland Malawi Partnership as the Small Grants Scheme progresses.
“This is also an opportunity for us to highlight the importance of a Scottish voice in the discussions led by the UK Government towards the UN’s Post-2015 international development framework. I urge the UK government to consult with the devolved administrations and with Scottish civic society as they formulate the overall UK position.”
NIDOS Chief Executive Gillian Wilson said:
“We look forward to working with The Corra Foundation and with our members in supporting the development of good quality proposals to enable grassroots initiatives to make their distinctive contribution.
“We hope that through the Small Grants Programme, grassroots organisations can further develop a distinctive contribution to Scotland’s growing input to tackling the scandalous levels of poverty and inequality that still persist globally”.
Mary Craig OBE, Chief Executive of Corra Foundation, said:
“We are delighted to be delivering this International Development Small Grants Scheme for the Scottish Government. Our experience of running grant schemes means we understand that relatively small amounts of funding can make a huge difference for small organisations, and that the right capacity building support can help them be better placed to access funding from other sources in the future.”
Funding projects from April 2014, the scheme will be trialled over two years and distribute approximately £500,000 per year in 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 (£1 million in total) plus a further £500,000 if extended for a third year. The scheme is intended to accommodate smaller requests for funding and to contribute to the Scottish Government’s international development policy, including the achievement of the Millenium Development Goals and – in due course – the post-2015 Framework.
Notes to editorsScottish Government International Development funding: Some NIDOS organisations have projects funded through the Scottish Government International Development Fund, as well as through the Scottish Government Climate Justice Fund. This has supported projects and programmes in Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia, Rwanda, Sudan, Pakistan, Iraq, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka and responded to the emergencies in areas such as Haiti, Pakistan, the Horn of Africa and Syria. http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/International/int-dev
NIDOS (Network of International Development Organisations in Scotland) supports over 90 member organisations, including well-known international charities and many smaller Scottish headquartered organisations, some run entirely by volunteers. NIDOS member organisations work in 142 countries around the world, helping achieve positive change in the lives of many millions of people. Together they raise over £50 million each year to run projects abroad, influence decision makers and raise awareness of global justice issues. They are supported by almost 8,000 volunteers and thousands of individual donors across Scotland. NIDOS actively works to support member organisations to raise their standards and practice, so they can achieve even better results in the future. www.nidos.org.uk
Scottish Government Small Grants Scheme: The Small Grants Scheme will distribute approximately £500,000 per year over two financial years 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 (with the option to extend to a third year 2016-2017), totalling £1 million over a two year contract period and £1.5 million if extended for a third year.
The Scheme is specifically intended to accommodate smaller requests for funding, and to contribute to the Scottish Government’s International Development policy, including in terms of how the activities will contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (and under the post-2015 Framework in due course) and the alleviation of poverty.
The Scheme aims to build capacity and upscale small international development organisations so they have the ability to bid for funding through our IDF, with awards of up to a maximum of £60,000 for project grants over a three year period or a maximum of £10,000 for feasibility and capacity building grants, over one year.
Millennium Development Goals (MDGs):
The UN formulated eight goals that must be achieved by 2015, known as the MDGs:
•MDG 1: reduce by half (compared to 1990) the number of people living on less than a dollar a day and who suffer from hunger.
•MDG 2: ensure that all boys and girls complete a full course of primary schooling.
•MDG 3: eliminate gender disparity in primary and secondary education, preferably by 2005 and at all education levels by 2015.
•MDG 4: reduce by two thirds (compared to 1990) the mortality rate among children under five.
•MDG 5: reduce by three quarters (compared to 1990) the maternal mortality rate.
•MDG 6: halt the spread of HIV/AIDS, malaria and TB.
•MDG 7: reduce by half the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water.
•MDG 8: ensure that rich countries lift trade barriers to poor countries, lighten their debt burden, provide access to affordable medicines and make more financial aid available.