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NIDOS Post-Referendum Statement 19.09.2014

Scotland has voted by majority in favour of remaining part of the UK. The Network of International Development Organisations in Scotland (NIDOS) and its member organisations look forward to helping build Scotland’s contribution to a more just world through its devolved powers. The pro-Union political parties have stated that extra powers will now be offered to Scotland. NIDOS and its members hope that civil society will be invited to help shape what those extra powers may be. Even without further devolution, there is recognition within the sector that we must seek to further enhance Scotland’s approach to international development. As part of civil society, NIDOS members believe these changes should focus on building equality and eradicating poverty both in Scotland and around the world. We hope the 17 recommendations in our report will inform institutional and policy development.

Scotland's referendum and the future of aid 17.09.2014

Devex looks at the implications of tommorow's refendum on international development and UK aid. Read more on the Devex website

Scottish independence and the aid budget: Dr James Mackie 17.09.2014
Fellow Scot Dr James Mackie, from the European Centre for Development Policy Management, has said Scottish independence "would open doors for development" but it would also present a number of challenges. 
"The first challenge will be how to spend £1bn in official development assistance – or aid – per year, and the second how to do so effectively?" Mackie wrote in an aritcle on the Guardian website. 
UK 0.7% Aid Bill Passes Second Reading 12.09.2014

164 MPs have today voted to support the International Aid Bill, which calls for the spending of 0.7% on overseas aid to be enshrined in law.

DFID launches new UK Aid Direct Fund 12.09.2014

DFID has launched a new fund to help small and medium-sized organisations.

The UK Aid Direct fund will run over five years, with a total of £30 million in new grants available to small and medium charities in the first year. The programme aims to make the most of smaller charities’ grassroots knowledge, local contacts and specialist expertise. 

Launching the new UK Aid Direct fund, Justine Greening said:

“I am proud that Britain already supports hundreds of small and medium-sized UK charities whose vital work is improving lives across the world.


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