The Department for International Development
works to end extreme poverty, we tackle some of the major global issues around poverty
reduction, climate change, as well as responding to humanitarian crises. We have joint offices,
joint headquarters, one based in Whitehall another here in East Kilbride, as well
as we’ve got an overseas network from Afghanistan all the way through to Zimbabwe. We’ve got
over 900 UK civil servants based here, in our offices in East Kilbride. We work with
a range of partners, including Scottish partners, to respond to those major global challenges. Mercy Corp is a global organisation powered
by the belief that a better world is possible. We work in more than 40 countries around the
world, we’re a team of 5,000 people addressing some of the toughest challenges we face today,
and we’re headquartered here in Edinburgh, in Scotland. UK Aid helps Mercy Corps address
the needs of today and build stronger tomorrows. Without UK Aid funding we wouldn’t be able
to help and do lifesaving support to communities throughout Syria, throughout Iraq, throughout
Yemen, in the midst of conflict. Without UK Aid we wouldn’t be able to support young people
with opportunities to develop their livelihoods and their skills through formal education
and vocational training programmes in places like Afghanistan and in Nigeria, and without
UK Aid we wouldn’t be able to build partnerships with the private sector to support farmers
and agricultural cooperatives in the Horn of Africa, to increase their incomes and escape
from poverty and build a brighter future. SCIAF is the Scottish Catholic International
Aid Fund, which is the official relief and development agency of the Catholic Church
here in Scotland. Since the UK introduced UK Aid Match we’ve been very fortunate to
have been awarded it on three occasions. The first year was for our project in Malawi,
Rwanda and the Congo improving agricultural practices and helping women grow into positions
of leadership. On the second year it was a project in Ethiopia, working with pastoralist
communities who move around much more with their animals and helping them to make that lifestyle
more sustainable and more secure. And then this year we were fortunate enough to have
it for a programme in Cambodia in Asia, which is more concentrating with communities on
how they can have the legal ownership of their traditional lands, and then be able to manage
them and use them much more productively, so that they can improve their incomes. By
securing UK Aid Match we’re now able to do much, much more in these countries than we
would have been able to do in any normal year. EMMS International is a Christian international
healthcare charity, we’re based in Edinburgh and we have existed for 175 years. A big programme
for EMMS is palliative care, so that mainly means care for the dying and for their families,
very often the people who we’re helping have cancer which may be as a result of HIV. I
always know that we’re working with very high standards of support when I’m working with
the UK Government. The difference of working with the UK Government is: there is a new
BSc in palliative care in Malawi, there is a research centre, there have been 240 people trained
to look after their palliative care patients better, there are over 40,000 families who
are receiving better care. I think this work, in a globalised world,
the work of DFID is particularly important. It is the smart thing to do. It is the right
thing to do. It is our moral obligation to do.