Scotland’s International Development Alliance AGM
5th December 2018
The Alliance Annual General Meeting 2018 brought members from across Scotland together in Glasgow. Members voted in new Trustees for our board, agreed the annual accounts and also witnessed the launch of our Safeguarding Package. To round off a packed afternoon, we were also delighted to be joined by Minister for International Development Ben Macpherson MSP and Rae McGrath as our guest speakers for this event.
Minister Ben Macpherson's keynote speech
Ben Macpherson MSP is the Minister for Europe, Migration and International Development. He is a qualified solicitor and has worked previously in a variety of roles, in the private, public and third sectors. He worked as a commercial lawyer before becoming an MSP, and prior to that in renewable energy, financial services and for an international charity.
You can listen to Ben Macpherson MSP's speech below.
Rae McGrath's keynote speech
Rae McGrath is a specialist in conflict and emergency response. He is the founder of the Mines Advisory Group and co-founder of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL). He represented the campaign when it was awarded the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize, delivering the Nobel Lecture. He has worked for Mercy Corps and Save the Children in humanitarian and development roles around the world including in Afghanistan, Sudan, Indonesia, Ethiopia, Somalia, Libya, Iraq and Syria.
Rae McGrath addressed the AGM on the complexities of humanitarian efforts in asymmetric warfare.
Listen to Rae McGrath's speech below.
'Safer for All' - Safeguarding Support Package
We were very excited to launch our new Safeguarding package towards the end of the day. Philippa Ramsden (Effectiveness and Learning Manager, The Alliance) and Anna Ross, who have worked together to develop the package, emphasised that this is a journey that must continue.
The purpose of the package is to nurture safe organisations which are founded on the key principles of safeguarding and encompasses the dimensions of mitigation, reporting and investigation.
Read more about 'Safer for All' Safeguarding Support Package here.
New Board of Trustees
During the AGM a new board of trustees was elected. We said our thanks to our outgoing chair Jamie Morrison for his hard work on behalf of the Alliance for the past 7 years, and welcomed Simon Anderson as the new chair of the Alliance.
Scotland's International Development Alliance's board now consists of;
Agnes Holmes - Friends of Chitambo
Amy Blake - International Voluntary Service
Esther Kamonji - KWISA
Geraldine Hill - SCIAF
Mark Chadwick (Treasurer) - Mercy Corps Europe
Peppy Sparrow - Oxfam Scotland
Peter Kelly - The Poverty Alliance
Samantha Ross - Link Community Development International
Simon Anderson (Chair) - IIED
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
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
The Alliance hosted ‘Safeguarding Question Time’ on Thursday the 21st of February at The SCVO Gathering.
Digital Fundraising Webinar with the Big Give
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.