Alliance AGM 2019

Alliance AGM 2019

The Sustainable Development Goals: entering the decade of delivery

On Wednesday 4 December 2019, members of Scotland’s International Development Alliance attended our Annual General Meeting (AGM) under the theme of ‘The Sustainable Development Goals: entering the decade of delivery’. It featured the launch of our SDG Report:Working towards the Global Goals, and a panel discussion on how we can make 2020-2030 the decade of delivery for the 2030 Agenda. 

AGM and Approval of new Board Members

The day started with a welcome from the Alliance's Chair, Simon Anderson, followed by a detailing of the minutes of our 2018 AGM; our Trustees Report by Geraldine Hill; and our Teasurer's report presented by Mark Chadwick.

We then had the approval of our Annual Accounts, proposed fee structure for annual membership feed 2020-21, approval of our draft strategic plan (see our Theory of Change here), and our our new board members:

  • Amy Blake (Classrooms for Malawi)
  • Agnes Holmes (Friends of Chitambo)
  • Mark O’Donnell (Inclusive Development Consulting)

The Launch of Alliance SDG Report: Working towards the Global Goals 

We then presented our SDG report Working towards the Global Goals: An insight into our members’ contributions across the world

The report – published only a month before the world enters the ‘decade of delivery’ for the ambitious UN 2030 Agenda – demonstrates a far reaching and impactful international development sector in Scotland. It reveals that over 120 Alliance members have projects in over 100 countries and contribute directly and indirectly to all of the 169 targets that constitute the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Panel Discussion:The SDGs – Decade of Delivery?

After an introduction from the panel Chair Cathy Ratcliffe (Thrive), we heard from each of our panellists:

  • Diana Dalton, Head of Inclusive Societies Department, DFID 
  • Camille Wallen, Director of Strategy, The HALO Trust 
  • Fran van Dijk, Founding Partner, One Stone Advisors 
  • Matthew Lawson, Programme Manager, Deparment of Sustainability and Social Responsibility at the University of Edinburgh 

You can view presentations from Matthew LawsonFran van Dijk by clicking on the corresponding hyperlinks. 

Key take-aways from the discussion included: 

  • Gender issues must be considered in their own right and across all of the goals, they are not separate and standalone 
  • We should be trying to get businesses and investors involved. The SDGs is the best roadmap telling businesses how to plan until 2030

  • We need to set ourselves our own tangible goals, focus on the direct, collect the indirect, and share across the partners 

Thank you to all who attended our 2019 AGM. If you missed it, you can still join in the AGM Conversation! Share your thoughts with us on Twitter by tweeting at @intdevalliance, or by following the hashtags: #AllianceAGM19#DecadeOfDelivery and #AllianceSDGreport. You can also join the discussion over at the Alliance Community. 

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