Presentation on theme: "Scotlands place in a just world Shaping a coherent policy on international development for Scotland."— Presentation transcript:
Scotlands place in a just world Shaping a coherent policy on international development for Scotland
Why a document now? What kind of Scotland do we want (irrespective of the referendum result...)? We want a Scotland that is committed to tackling poverty in a coherent way, in solidarity with the poor. We want to make sure we do not give with one hand and take with the other....and we want this to be part of the referendum debate, not just domestic policy issues
Scotland 2013 and beyond event – May 2013 over 190 participants from many walks of life in Scotland values and principles to drive policy how we might put these into practice in some key focus areas: economy, education, climate, trade, aid and finance policy coherence across government example from Sweden
Aid is important … Recognise UK Government commitment to and achievement of 0.7% aid target Recognise cross-party support in Scotland for the International Development Fund Recognise the significant contribution of many across Scotland in supporting links, health projects, international charities This is all very positive and welcomed...
… but not sufficient The benefit from Aid is minor compared to the much more significant (potentially positive or negative) effects of the following on development outcomes in low income countries: our trade relations our public procurement policies our investment policies our part in global financial systems Scottish business tax, employment, environmental and other practices abroad among many others...
The report… Focus area 1: The economy & financial systems Focus area 2: Trade & procurement Focus area 3: Finance for Development Focus area 4: Climate justice Focus area 5: Access to resources Focus area 6: Global education
The report… Focus area 1: The economy & financial systems Introduce a new debt system which tackles economic injustice and promotes responsible lending Introduce fairer tax systems and rules nationally and promote them internationally Regulate food speculation to ensure that markets work better both for those who use them to insure against risk and for food consumers everywhere Promote a new economy which supports socio- economic benefits over narrow fiscal growth
The report… Focus area 2: Trade & procurement Promote fairer, sustainable and equitable trade rules that lead to development that benefits people, communities and livelihoods Take the lead through legislation, guidance and practice in pursing ethical, social and environmental standards in public procurement
The report… Focus area 3: Finance for Development Commit to a level of ODA in line with international agreements and best practice Provide and use Official Development Assistance and Humanitarian Assistance in line with international agreements and best practice Support new and innovative forms of development and climate finance
The report… Focus area 4: Climate justice Enshrine the concept of Climate Justice Mitigate Scotlands impact on climate change Support Climate Adaptation in developing countries
The report… Focus area 5: Access to Resources Develop and implement a progressive contribution to international water security and tackling water poverty globally Promote new regulations and transparency on land deals that benefit poor communities Work towards and make a commitment to food security and food sovereignty
The report… Focus area 6: Global Education Greater investment for Global Citizenship Education for children, young people and adults
Policy Coherence cross-party committee/political support cross-departmental structures assessment of all policy across government through pro-poor development lens agreed key focus areas every 2 years biennial reporting of progress by Government civil society engagement and response
Aid is important … but not sufficient We will be presenting specific asks under each of the focus areas, both in: a devolved govt (current competences) an independent nation (if voted for) Much can be done NOW... so we do not have to wait for a referendum for this document to be relevant – but we also hope it informs the referendum debate
MDGs to 2015... And Post 2015 How does this report relate to this wider current global debate?
MDGs to 2015 The proposals for the new Post 2015 framework integrate important key shifts: economic change social inclusion environmental and other sustainability A much more coherent approach, not just about service delivery.
Next steps? Report will be available in late October Conversations with all the political parties in Scotland to build cross party support Material for the public, for informing the referendum debate Hustings events, including in partnership with others with an interest in similar issues Discussion with DFID / UK Government