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SCIAF responds to Scottish Government cabinet reshuffle

9 May 2024

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SCIAF is disappointed at the news that there is no longer a dedicated Minister for International Development in the Scottish Government, a role which had existed since 2012.

Lorraine Currie, SCIAF CEO, said:

“Support for action on international development has never been more important given the scale of humanitarian emergencies  the world faces - from the humanitarian catastrophe unfolding in Gaza to the devastating famine across East Africa, -  to championing the need for long-term investment in helping people build livelihoods, protect their health and build a future through education.

For almost 20 years, the Scottish Government has made a highly impactful and unique contribution to international development, impacting on millions of lives in some of the poorest communities in the world. At a time when the UK Government has rolled back in its commitments to international aid, the Scottish commitment has continued to enjoy cross party support in Holyrood.

The First Minister should make sure that Scotland’s highly important contribution to international development, humanitarian relief and climate justice continues under his leadership. Every country has a part to play in helping the poorest and building a better world, and we hope his government will continue Scotland’s proud legacy of reaching out in solidarity across the world. We look forward to working with Angus Robertson as Cabinet Secretary for External Affairs and the First Minister directly on these issues.“