Alliance Annual Conference 2018 “Tomorrow’s World”
25th September 2018
On 25th September, the third anniversary of the adoption of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the Alliance welcomed members, stakeholders and partners from across the country to its Annual Conference 2018. In recognition of this important anniversary and the Year of Young People in Scotland, the theme of this year’s conference was the role of young people in development across the world. Delegates had the opportunity to engage in discussions across a range of themes, including global citizenship education, using the SDGs to campaign for change, climate justice, safeguarding and more.
We launched a photo competition where we asked members to submit pictures illustrating sustainable development through the eyes of young people. The top entries were displayed at the conference. If you missed them or would like to view them again, you can do so in the album below! To read more about the photos, please click here.
Congratulations to the winners: Children of Rwanda, Feed the Minds, Scottish Love in Action and WaterAid!
Did you miss the conference? Or would you like to know about the sessions you didn't attend? Check our the session summaries below.
Aya Chebbi, award-winning Pan-African activist, got straight to the point about the importance of youth-led movements in a powerful speech about her experience during the Tunisian revolution.
She said: “When youth have the agency to see themselves and to be perceived and treated as solutions not problems, as drivers not subjects of development, as job creators not seekers, as people you serve not beneficiaries; with only this mindset you can contribute to advance Africa’s development.”
Read more about Aya and her work here.
We were honoured to have a live link-up to Bangladesh to hear about youth-led activism and empowerment in a Q&A between delegates and Arif, a youth activist from the Oxfam Empower Youth for Work programme in Bangladesh, facilitated by our second keynote speaker of the day Imogen Davies, Programme Advisor on Youth, Gender and Active Citizenship at Oxfam GB.
The diagrams that Imogen used in her speech can be found here.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP
In the First Minister’s well-received speech in the opening plenary session of the afternoon, she commended the Alliance and its members for the work we all do, every day.
She also emphasised the Scottish Government’s continuing support for international development, and stressed her belief that is our moral duty to play our part in creating a fairer world.
She said: “For our part, promoting international development is an absolutely essential part of being a good global citizen. It's worth stressing that point, given some of the discussions taking place elsewhere on these islands. The Scottish Government does not believe, we never have believed and will never see, that aid is given primarily for our own national interest.”
You can read her full Speech here.
What’s next for global citizenship education in Scotland?
The conference session explored different ways in which global citizenship education is understood and how it supports a social justice rather than a fundraising/pity framing through holding critical thinking at its heart and exploring root causes. Panel members spoke about aspects of their own experience that led them to engage with it personally and professionally and explored its relevance to those with lived experience of poverty and to young campaigners. The need to be true to local contexts was emphasised and the fundamental importance of building deeper understanding of global challenges in the current climate was strongly communicated.
The following documents were highlighted to participants:
Climate change: culture and climate justice
Hosted by: 2050 Climate Group
2050 Climate Group introduced their new project Malawi Climate Leader Project which aims to empower young Malawians to be leaders on climate change action. A video was shown where the project coordinator in Malawi- Promise Matatiyo talked about the project, the importance of including young people, challenges as well as hope for the future. To view the video please click here. Discussions then focused on intercultural learning, youth engagement as well as climate justice.
Some take away points were;
Intercultural learning means peer-to-peer dialogue and mentoring and equality;
Meaningful engagement and co-design are key for youth engagement;
Inter-generational justice is very important to younger generation.
Spotlight on Safeguarding
Hosted by: Philippa Ramsden (The Alliance), Anna Ross (PEACE consulting)
At the “Spotlight on Safeguarding” session there were three key areas of discussion.
Update on Safeguarding in the UK and Scotland was provided, highlighting the mobilisation of the sector to transform standards in safeguarding.
Headline findings from the research report. (https://www.intdevalliance.scot/resources/safeguarding-research-summary-2018)
Introducing the draft Safeguarding Support Package, “Safer for All” and resources within the package.
Bright Ideas: innovation, entrepreneurship and technology in development
Take away points:
Lilypads is an enterprise passionate about ensuring no women is isolated or disadvantaged because of their period. Lilypads now involves 38 women selling products in 3 geographical areas and some 200 girls are using the pads.
The Global Ecovillage Network is operating in 120 countries across the world and currently reaching 10,000 communities. One of the key messages from this talk was “An ecovillage is a process, not an outcome”.
Opportunity International’s focus is to transform the lives of uneducated and unprivileged youth in Ghana through gaining skills which they can use for trade and income. Learn more
Using the SDGs to campaign for change
This panel discussion looked at how young people can campaign for the change they want to see. Panellists raised the importance of partnership, and how giving young people a voice is important.
Take away points:
The SDGs are a great way to bring the people together who are working with the same goals, use the framework to bring people together
Do not forget the underlying principle that all SDGs are important, move away from ‘silos’ and seek interconnections
Encourage those around you to use the SDG framework – not as a series of policies, but as shared language that actors can use globally, to solve shared problems
What are the SDGs? See video below!
Measuring impact of interventions – Youth mental health and psychosocial wellbeing
Professor Alastair Ager, presented the collaborative research project on Mercy Corps ‘Advancing Adolescence’ programme with conflict affected young people (aged 10-19) in Jordan.
Bright Ideas: innovation, entrepreneurship and technology in development
Manuela presented a case study on community development enterprise, founded by Scottish government, in partnership with local organisation in India resulting in increased salaries, self-esteem and decreased rates of early marriage.
Joshua talked about trying to incorporate climate modelling and climate justice to obtain effective resource management. He highlighted the gap between climate modelling and climate justice.
Andrew is an ophthalmologist and presented his invention, the Arclight- a low-cost device to diagnose blindness and deafness. Read more about it here.
Scottish Fair Trade Forum
Speakers: Hazel Oakley and Ross Isdale
HERE you will find a form that:
- Explains what recognition means;
- Allows you to confirm your recognition;
- Gives ideas on how you can communicate your support of the new Charter now that it has been publicly launched.
Continue the conversations and discussions from this year’s Annual Conference on the Alliance Community!
Previous Events & Training
Alliance Annual Conference 2018 “Tomorrow’s World”
On 25th September, the third anniversary of the adoption of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the Alliance welcomed members, stakeholders and partners from across the country to its Annual Conference 2018.
The Alliance AGM 2018
This event brought together Alliance members from across Scotland to join our annual general meeting on 5th of December 2018, to see the launch of our Safeguarding Package and to listen to our keynote speakers; Minister Ben Macpherson and Rae McGrath.
Developing a Safeguarding Policy Workshop 2018
The Developing a Safeguarding Policy Workshop was held on the 26th October 2018 for organisations applying to the Scottish Government International Development Small Grants Programme.
Small Charities Challenge Fund Webinar 2019
Guest speakers from Mannion Daniels and DFID shared information and advice on making a successful application to the UK Aid Direct Small Charities Challenge Fund.
Safeguarding Question Time 2019
The Alliance hosted ‘Safeguarding Question Time’ on Thursday the 21st of February 2019 at The SCVO Gathering in Glasgow.
Digital Fundraising Webinar with the Big Give 2019
The webinar gives a short overview of the digital fundraising landscape, presents the Christmas Challenge as a case study and describes how match funding can work for smaller organisations who don’t have established fundraising or finance teams.
Small Charities Challenge Fund Info Day 2018
Guest speakers from Mannion Daniels and DFID shared information and advice on making a successful application to the UK Aid Direct Small Charities Challenge Fund
Lasting Difference Web Series 2018
The Lasting Difference toolkit is a guide for third sector organisations to strengthen sustainability and impact. The series covered topics including: sustainability, involvement and income generation.
Round-table with Minister for Europe, Migration & International Development 1st November 2018
Notes from round-table meeting with the Scottish Government Minister for Europe, Migration & International Development on 1st of November 2018 in Edinburgh.
Chris Law MP round-table 12th October 2018
These meeting notes summarise the first round-table meeting with Chris Law MP, the Westminster SNP international Development Spokesperson.
Meeting with Ruth Fuller, WWF and Chair of Bond’s SDGs working group 2018
On the 7th of August Ruth Fuller, WWF and Chair of Bond’s SDGs working group, came to Hayweight House and gave an update on the Voluntary National Review (VNR). Here are the notes from that meeting.
Charity Finance Web Series 2018
The three part web series developed by Pamela Redpath covers getting to grips with the basic responsibilities of charity finance, budget setting and annual reporting.
GDPR Training 2018
Presentations and FAQs about GDPR from the Information Commissioners' Office and Bilal Ghafoor an independent consultant.
Fundraising and Communications Training 2018
Presentations from Prospect Research about fundraising and Huw Owens about communications from training held in Edinburgh in 2018.
Project Planning & Monitoring Training 2017
Project planning and monitoring workshop delivered by Judith Lowes in Aberdeen in 2017.
Value for Money Webinar 2017
The webinar presented by Nicholas Warren in 2017 explores the concept of value for money and what this means for organisations.
Annual Conference 2017
Our Annual Conference in 2017 was held in Glasgow on the theme of Scotland for a Fairer World.
DFID Small Charities Challenge Fund Information Session 2017
Presentations by DFID and Mannion Daniels from an information session held in Edinburgh in August 2017.
Theory of Change Webinar 2017
The webinar 'A Quick Guide to Theory of Change' was presented by Ian Gray in April 2017
Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning for Beginners Webinar 2017
New to MEL? Want to refresh your knowledge? This webinar goes back to the beginning and looks at the foundation of MEL.
An introduction to Logframes Webinar 2017
What is a logframe and how do I create one? This webinar looks at what logframes are, different models and how you can create your own.
Lasting Difference Web Series 2018-19
The Lasting Difference toolkit is a guide for third sector organisations to strengthen sustainability and impact. This web series facilitated by Wren & Greyhound's Graeme Reekie and Laura Lebec covered: Improving participation & partnership; Income Generation; Innovation & Improvement; and Monitoring & Evaluation.
Bring your annual reports to life 2019
Rosie McIntosh from Third Sector Labs delivered training on bringing your organisation's annual report to life in Stirling on 13 March 2019. The session identified innovative new strategies to deliver reports via and showcased best practice from across the sector.
Using video to tell your story 2019
Dan Slee from Comms2.0 and Steven Davies from Filmcafe Ltd. delivered training on using video to tell your story in Edinburgh in both August 2018 and January 2019.
Dundee Training Day 2018: Fundraising & Safeguarding
The Dundee Training Day explored innovative fundraising approaches, as well as giving an introduction to safeguarding in the afternoon. It included peer learning session with EMMS International and Scottish Love in Action about fundraising, and Jude Turbyne from OSCR appeared via videolink to discuss notifiable events.
Small Charities Dialogue Day
The first ever Small Charities Dialogue Day was held on the 30 May 2019 in Edinburgh. It provided an opportunity share good news stories and hear about the experiences of three small charities, based in Scotland and working internationally. It was also an opportunity to input members' views into an open and facilitated dialogue with key donors, including: the Scottish Government, Department for International Development and the People's Postcode Lottery.
Theory of Change Training 2015
The Theory of Change training held in 2015 by Ian Gray introduces the tool, describes it strengths and weaknesses and gives concrete examples of how to use one across the programme cycle.
Logframe Training 2015
The logframe training session conducted by Jill Gentle in 2015, in Glasgow, introduces what a logframe is used for, giving an overview of donor requirements and outlines the process of designing a logframe.
Webinar 2016: Innovation for Development and Humanitarian Organisations
In this webinar, strategy and innovation specialist Ian Gray de-mystifies innovation from an international development perspective. He explains how innovation is not a quality that refers only to the private sector, but is something which is invited by donors.
Safeguarding Information Session
An information session on safeguarding tailored for larger organisations was held on Thursday 24 May, facilitated by Sally Proudlove, Head of Safeguarding with UNCEF UK.
Safeguarding, Whistleblowing and Reporting Information Session 2018
The Alliance held a special event on safeguarding, whilstleblowing and reporting mechanism in March 2018. Representatives from OSCR, the Whilstleblowing International Network, SCIAF and BBC Children in Need gave presentations.
Inclusive and gender-sensitive programming
The workshop designed for Scottish Government international development grant holders explored what inclusive and gender-sensitive programming means in practice. The workshop was led by Sadie Watson and held in Edinburgh on 4 September.
Proposal Development Series
This brand-new proposal development series covered the essential stages of writing a fundable project proposal. The five-part series of half-day workshops addressed the component parts and underlying processes that need to be in place to help you write an evidenced and persuasive project proposal. Sessions covered: project design, budgets, monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL), due diligence and writing an application itself.
Alliance Conference 2019: Putting Gender Front and Centre
On 25 September 2019 we gathered with over 200 representatives from across Scotland’s vibrant and diverse international development sector, with the promise of Putting Gender Front and Centre. On the fourth anniversary of the UN Sustainable development goals, we explored practical solutions to the question ‘how can we create sustainable, enabling environments for women and girls?
WEBINAR: What makes a successful application to the Scottish Government small grants?
On 2 October we held a webinar with the Corra Foundation to discuss what makes a good application to the Scottish Government international development small grants window. The deadline for the application is Friday the 8th of November, good luck!
WEBINAR: How do you know your organisation's governance is good?
Governance is about leadership and the work of the trustees to ensure an organisation is effectively and properly run. But, how do you know if the governance of your organisation is good? This webinar introduced SCVO's good governance check-up and the Alliance's safeguarding healthcheck.