International Development Grant Holder Information Day – 13th December 2018

January 8, 2019 by No Comments | Category International Development

Grant Holder Information Day

On 13th December the International Development Team held a Grant Holder Information Day. This event gave grant holders the chance to come together to discuss shared challenges, opportunities and lessons to date.

It was also an opportunity for the International Development Team to give an overview of our current work, as well as share our future priorities.

The event was opened by Ben Macpherson MSP, Minister for Europe, Migration and International Development and featured a range of speakers covering everything from safeguarding to water resource management and gender equality to active citizenship.

PowerPoint Presentation

Follow the link below to view the PowerPoint presentation delivered at the event.

Grant Management

This information day was a key part our grant manangement and provided the team an opporunity to give an overview of our monitoring and evaluation procedures.

All our international development work undergoes rigorous monitoring and evaluation procedures.

Following a conditional grant offer, which is payable in two instalments per year, we require formal, six-monthly progress reports in addition to regular routine monitoring.

Only once a report is satisfactory will we release the next tranche of project funds.

As well as meeting with our grant holders on a 1:1 basis, we also bring together all our grant holders on a regular basis, either in country groups or wider. Events such as this are an important part of grant management.

Find out more about monitoring and evaluation here:

Reporting Schedule & Templates 

Malawi Development Programme 2018-2023: reporting schedule and templates 

Rwanda Development Programme 2017-2022: reporting schedule and templates

Zambia Development Programme 2017-2022: reporting schedule and templates

Equality & Safeguarding

Key themes of the grant holder day included safeguarding and equalities.


Phillipa Ramsden provided an update on safeguarding work undertaken by the Alliance and highlighted that on 5th December 2018, the Alliance launched “Safer for All” – a package of resources, tools and information for Scotland-based organisations working in international development.

Commitment to equality was highlighted at the event by the Minister for Europe, Migration and International Development and a representative from the Equality Unit. Scottish Government initiatives discussed at the event include:

Partnership for Change

The Scottish Government encourages public, private and third sector organisations to sign up to the Partnership for Change and to set a voluntary commitment for gender balance on their boards of 50/50 by 2020.

There are no formal requirements to become a signatory to the Partnership, other than your commitment to increasing diversity. We ask all members to sign-up to the following statement:

“Effective boards bring together diverse thinking and talent. So we welcome the opportunity to sign up to the Partnership for Change and commit to further the diversity of our Board, working towards 50/50 gender balance by 2020″

If you are happy to take this next step email the Equality Unit at

Just let the team know that you wish to sign up to the Scottish Government’s Partnership for Change, and;

• A short paragraph telling us about your organisation and what you do, e.g. is your organisation a third sector organisation/a private company
• A logo for your organisation and web address
• Any twitter account that you use

This information will allow us to list you as a partner on the One Scotland website. You will also be provided with a copy of our 50/50 by 2020 logo should you wish to advertise this on your own website.

First Minister’s National Advisory Council on Women and Girls

In 2016, The Scottish Government pledged to establish a First Minister’s National Advisory Council on Women and Girls, to help drive forward action to tackle gender inequality. You can find out more about the council and how to get involved here:

Equally Safe: Scotland’s Strategy to Prevent and Eradicate Violence Against Women and Girls

Equally Safe: Scotland’s strategy for preventing and eradicating violence against women and girls focuses on the need for prevention of violence. It also sets out how we will develop a performance framework to determine whether we are realising our ambitions.

Equally Safe’s priorities are:

  • achieving greater gender equality
  • intervening early and effectively to prevent violence and maximising the safety and wellbeing of women, children and young people
  • tackling perpetrators

Thanks to all who attended and we look forward to continue working together in 2019.


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