International

  • St Andrew’s Day debating tournament

    13th October 2017 by

    St Andrew’s Day Debating Tournament

    The Scottish Government is providing the English Speaking Union Scotland with funding of up to £6,500 for their annual St Andrew’s Day Debating Tournament which will take place in the Scottish Parliament on Monday 27 November 2017. Now in its 11th year, the tournament has gone from strength to strength attracting young debating teams from...

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  • Discussions on Brexit

    9th October 2017 by

    A weekly update from the Scottish Government's Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland's Place in Europe Michael Russell.

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  • Teacher development in Zambia

    7th October 2017 by

    Lore Gallastegi (Academic lead, Open University in Scotland) blogs about Open University’s experience developing a one-year school-based teacher development programme in Zambia. Open University staff visited our partners World Vision Zambia as part of a set of meetings intended to kick-start the Zambian Education School-based Training (ZEST) project. During the visit we met with colleagues...

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  • Refugee aid

    4th October 2017 by

    International Development Minister Alasdair Allan has announced that Christian Aid and Oxfam will share £120,000 for emergency response projects to aid refugees. Hundreds of thousands of civilians, the majority Muslim Rohingya, have been forced to flee towards Bangladesh. The news comes as a UK charity appeal to help hundreds of thousands of people fleeing the...

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  • Northern neighbours: Riga Conference 2017

    3rd October 2017 by

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    Last week I was in Latvia to participate in the Riga Conference 2017, an annual gathering of foreign policy and defence experts focused on the Baltic region. In and around the conference, I had the pleasure to meet with representatives from across the region to discuss the implications of Brexit and promote our updated Nordic...

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  • Memories of Monsoon

    1st October 2017 by

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    Maren Thompson is Fundraising Officer in Oxfam’s Philanthropy and Partnerships team in Scotland. Maren spent her childhood living in Bangladesh and has returned many times since. Water is a characteristic and cherished part of Bangladeshi life, a country which lies on average just ten metres above sea level.  Around seven percent of the country is...

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  • From Edinburgh to London and Brussels for Brexit discussions

    29th September 2017 by

    Scottish Government and UK Government Ministers discussing Brexit - John Swinney, Michael Russell, Damian Green and David Mundell

    A round up of my week including meetings to discuss Brexit in London and Brussels.

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  • Flood Aid

    15th September 2017 by

    International Development Minister Alasdair Allan with more news on the Scottish Government’s response to the devastating South Asia floods: “The Scottish Government will do all it can to respond to global humanitarian challenges. Scotland has an important role to play as a responsible global citizen. This week, I announced that the Humanitarian Emergency Fund is...

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  • Helping children in Malawi: the Scottish Government’s small grants programme

    8th September 2017 by

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    Small Scottish-based international development organisations looking to expand their work in the Scottish Government’s partner countries, and beyond, can now apply for funding through the 2018 Small Grants Programme. Now in its fifth year, the Programme has provided 46 grants worth £1.8 million, aiding 40 Scottish NGOs to deliver projects in  some of the poorest...

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  • Alison Cameron Scholarships

    16th July 2017 by

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    The Scottish Government will fund scholarships to support 25 female students to access education in Malawi, International Development Minister Alasdair Allan confirmed. The funding, routed through the Mamie Martin Fund, will support 23 girls to go to secondary school and two women to attend university in Malawi. The scholarships are named after Alison Cameron from...

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