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 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.