NIDOS News: May 2017
General election: NIDOS briefing and position statement
A UK general election has been called for 8 June 2017. Since many of the issues affecting our sector are reserved to the UK Parliament, this is an important opportunity to speak up for the communities we serve and to make sure international solidarity is on the political agenda. 

NIDOS has produced a briefing for our members ahead of the election, including a draft position statement on the importance of official development assistance (ODA) and information on charity campaigning in a general election period. We invite our members to send their input to the position statement by Friday 5 May.

Member Noticeboard
New vacancy: Member Services Manager
Closing date: 1 June, 5pm
NIDOS is hiring a Member Services Manager who will be at the forefront of broadening and building the membership base as well as serving as the main interface between the organisation and its members.  Read more.
Lunch with Tamsyn Barton
Glasgow, Thursday 25 May
Tamsyn Barton, newly appointed as CEO of Bond, will meet with NIDOS members to learn about their work and the issues currently affecting them. This will be an informal roundtable discussion and will be limited to 12 people. Register now.
News 
Prime Minister commits to 0.7% ODA target
On 21 April, Theresa May pledged that the UK would retain its commitment to spending 0.7% of gross national income on official development assistance, although she said she would look at how the money is spent.
Humanitarian Emergency Fund panel members
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The Scottish Government has established the Humanitarian Emergency Fund (HEF) to respond to humanitarian crises across the globe. Applications are now invited from potential panel members.
Invitation to tender: CCPM
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The Scottish Government's Energy and Climate Change Directorate is seeking a contractor to undertake the development, administration and delivery of the Climate Challenge Programme Malawi (CCPM).
Police Scotland training in Rwanda and Zambia
Police Scotland experts will work with officers in Rwanda and Zambia to assist with training on child protection and gender based violence, thanks to confirmation of funding from the Scottish Government.
Official development assistance statistics 2016
DFID published its provisional report on official development assistance (ODA) spending in 2016. ODA increased and the UK met the target of 0.7% of gross national income, but much of the increase was delivered outside of DFID.
DFID doubles funding for tropical diseases
DFID announced on 16 April that the UK will double its support to fight Neglected Tropical Diseases, such as trachoma, Guinea worm and river blindness, over the next five years.
UK Aid Connect news likely to be delayed
Due to restrictions in place during the pre-election period, we now expect that DFID's announcement on the thematic areas for the new UK Aid Connect funding stream will be delayed until after the general election on 8 June.
Report: UK implementation of the SDGs
The House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee has published the report on its inquiry on implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the UK.
Youth and HIV: Think Afresh initiative
This initiative, funded by The M∙A∙C AIDS Fund and Comic Relief, will fund innovative approaches that fill gaps in meeting the HIV-related needs of adolescents and young people. Deadline 19 May.
Africans Rising for Justice, Peace, & Dignity
The Africans Rising movement will launch on 25 May, with the aim of inspiring millions of African people to demand good governance and work collectively towards peace, social inclusion and shared prosperity. 
OECD data highlights development aid trends
The OECD has published data showing that official development assistance (ODA) increased to an all-time high in 2016, but aid flows to the poorest countries declined.
Member Profile: Renew SCIO
Supporting park rangers' families in the DRC
Park rangers in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) face daily threats and conflicts of interest with poachers, rebels, displaced persons and mining companies - all of which can cost them their lives. Scottish charity  Renew SCIO is launching a new campaign to support the families of park rangers who have been killed in action. The campaign aims to raise enough money to send a group of children to school in September 2017.  Read more.
Resources
Global Trends: Challenges and Opportunities in the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals
This joint UNDP-UNRISD report reviews recent trends in six areas that are fundamentally important to achieving the 2030 Agenda.  Read more.  
Leave No One Behind: Delivering on the Agenda 2030 Promise
This report from Civicus provides insight from civil society around the world, including  people's perceptions of who is most at risk of being left behind, where and why, as well as the rich conversations and resources gathered from the extensive national dialogue process.  Read more.  
The P20 Initiative: data to leave no one behind
The P20 initiative focuses on the people who are in the poorest 20% globally. It aims to track their progress and improve information about their lives in order to ensure no one is left behind in efforts to tackle poverty. The baseline report is now available.  Read more.  
A Guide to Engaging with Your Government on the SDGs
This short guide provides information about some of the main opportunities, challenges and strategies for civil society engagement with government on SDG monitoring and accountability.  Read more. 
Special Eurobarometer Report
This Eurobarometer report publishes the 2016 results of an annual survey on EU citizens' views on development, cooperation and aid.  Read more.  
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