NIDOS News: March 2017
Scottish Government information day
Edinburgh, Thursday 23 March
Dr Alasdair Allan MSP, Minister for International Development and Europe, will introduce the session on the Scottish Government's new International Development Strategy. He will stay on after the session to meet informally with delegates. Then follows a sesison on the new Zambia and Rwanda main grants round, which will be launched on 9 March. Register now.

UK Aid Connect Update
More details of the new UK Aid Connect funding stream were revealed by Mike Battcock, Head of DFID's Inclusive Societies Department, at a meeting in the NIDOS Edinburgh office on 2  March.  The DFID consultation period is now finished, and the report will be made publicly available as soon as possible.  A decision from ministers on which thematic areas will be prioritised in the first round is expected in the next two to three weeks, followed by  calls for expressions of interest. All updates and funding calls will be publicised on the NIDOS website. Read more.
Member Noticeboard
NIDOS General Meeting
Edinburgh, Thursday 23 March
Following the adoption of our Strategic Plan 2017-2020, this is your chance to hear more about the way forward planned for your membership organisation over the next three years, and how the NIDOS Board sees the new alliance as being better able to realise our vision of a fairer world. Jane Salmonson, CEO of NIDOS will set out the reasons for our proposed name change and the objectives of the new-look international development alliance.  Read more.
Currency management meeting
Edinburgh, Wednesday 15 March
This meeting is for anyone implementing (or hoping to implement!) a grant from the Scottish Government International Development Fund or Climate Justice Fund who is concerned with currency issues.  Read more.
Theory of Change webinar
Web-based, Tuesday 28 March
Theory of Change is an emerging tool in international development and is a requirement of some funders such as DFID and Comic Relief. But what is it exactly? Join NIDOS for the second of a series of lunchtime webinars aimed at going 'beyond the buzz' - analysing, discussing and demystifying buzz words and concepts in international development jargon. Read more.
Roundtable with Patrick Grady MP
Glasgow, Tuesday 11 April
Join NIDOS for a roundtable discussion led by Patrick Grady MP, the SNP spokesperson on international development. Patrick will update us on recent events and future prospects for our sector, and will remind us of the opportunities that exist for Scottish NGOs to make their MPs aware of their work, and the potential for Scottish MPs to represent their interests. This is a members-only event limited to 25 participants, so register now.
Open Government Partnership and the SDGs
NIDOS' CEO Jane Salmonson spoke at SCVO's The Gathering in February, outlining the relationship between the Open Government Partnership and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A video recap of the event is available. Read more.
News 
Scotland named Fair Trade Nation once again
Minister for International Development and Europe, Dr Alasdair Allan MSP, announced on 1 March that Scotland has once again achieved Fair Trade Nation status. 
Scottish Global Health Collaborative launched
The Scotland Malawi Partnership is delighted to have launched the new website for the Scottish Global Health Collaborative. All Scottish organisations working in global health are welcome to join.
OSCR launches new guide to charity law
OSCR has published a new guide to being a charity in Scotland. This resource is for all charity staff and trustees in Scotland, and those who want to set up a new organisation.
DFID in the news: the facts behind the stories
The Department for International Development (DFID) has published a page on the UK Government website detailing the facts behind recent media stories about DFID's work.
CSSF fund criticised for lack of transparency
The Joint Committee on National Security Strategy has issued a report on the £1bn Conflict Stability and Security Fund (CSSF), calling for increased transparency.
ICAI report on Prosperity Fund
The Independent Commission on Aid Impact (ICAI) has published its report on the cross-government Prosperity Fund, which promotes economic reform and development.
New 'empowerment fund' raises concerns
Up to £700m of the UK aid budget is expected to be used to create an 'empowerment fund' for former Soviet states, including countries ineligible for official development assistance.
Security guidelines for people with albinism
CBM has published a new paper on security guidelines for people with albinism, including specific security measures on preventing and handling attacks. 
SMP launches Buy Malawian campaign
The Scotland Malawi Partnership (SMP) has launched #BuyMalawian2017 to encourage Scots to buy Malawian products in celebration of the birthday of David Livingstone.
Economic Design e-learning course
Learn how to promote thriving communities within planetary boundaries by joining Gaia Education's 2-month Economic Design dimension of the Design for Sustainability E-Learning programme. 
Member Focus: KWISA
KWISA Zero Tolerance Conference a sell-out success
On 4 February, Kenyan Women in Scotland Association (KWISA) hosted a Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Conference. The aim of the event was to raise awareness of FGM, gather support from concerned political and faith leaders and to share examples of good practice from Scotland and Kenya. The event was live streamed and can be seen here.
Ask a Lawyer: Brexit
We're working with  Morton Fraser  to bring you general responses to legal queries from NIDOS members. This month's query is a nswered by Stuart McWilliams, Morton Fraser's immigration expert.  Have a question you'd like to ask? Email Valeria.

Q:  Our organisation employs non-UK EU nationals. What could Brexit mean for us?

A:  Read more for Stuart's answer and other frequently asked questions about Brexit and immigration.
Resources
Payment by Results 
As part of their research report on the effects of Payment by Results contracts on DFID's Girls' Education Challenge, Bond has produced five recommendations for designing Payment by Results programmes.  Read more.
Implementing the SDGs: Lessons from around the world
On 8 February, Bond, UKSSD and WWF-UK hosted an event, " Implementing the SDGs: Lessons from around the world ". The event shared lessons on implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from Finland, Colombia, Germany and Uganda. A recording of the event is now available. Read more.
Tackling sexual abuse of people with disabilities
Advantage Africa has completed a two year research project which aims to reduce the incidence of sexual abuse against people with disabilities and help communities bring the perpetrators to justice. Read more.
2017 Global NGOs Technology Report
Sponsored by the Public Interest Registry and researched by Nonprofit Tech for Good, the report studies how NGOs worldwide use web and email communications, online and mobile fundraising tools, and social and mobile media to engage their supporters and donors.  Read more.
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