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S5W-01592: Fabiani, Linda (East Kilbride)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 25 July 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what its budget has been for (a) international development and (b) overseas development assistance in each year since 2007.

Answered by: Alasdair Allan 18 August 2016

The Scottish Government International Development Fund began in 2005, with a budget of £3 million for Malawi. From 2008-09 the International Development Fund budget was doubled to £6 million per annum, fulfilling the commitment in the Scottish National Party’s 2007 election manifesto. From 2010-11 onwards the budget for the fund was further increased to its current £9 million per annum.

The Scottish Government also established its world-leading Climate Justice Fund in 2012, to provide an additional budget £6 million through that fund between 2012 and 2015 for international development work. The fund aims to lessen the impacts of climate change on some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people in Malawi, Zambia, Tanzania and Rwanda. In December 2015, the First Minister committed a new additional £12 million budget for the Climate Justice Fund over the next four years.

In terms of overseas development assistance (ODA) in each year since 2007, the Scottish Government notifies its ODA spend annually to the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID). The UK Government then includes Scottish Government funded ODA within overall UK ODA, towards its UN 0.7% commitment. Scottish Government ODA includes both spend under both its International Development Fund and any overseas humanitarian aid assistance during that year; since 2012, Scottish Government ODA also includes the additional spend under its Climate Justice Fund. The Scottish Government has notified the following ODA to DFID in each calendar year since 2007:

Year

Overseas Development Assistance (£'thousands)

2007

3 898

2008

5 829

2009

5 298

2010

9 275

2011

10 001

2012

10 340

2013

11 275

2014

11 675

2015

11 019

TOTAL

78 610