International Development Spending Priorities (Malawi)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at on 6 June 2013.

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Photo of Humza Yousaf Humza Yousaf Scottish National Party

I thank the member for raising that concern.

There were several reasons for moving from a yearly to a triennial funding round. One was to avoid a £1.5 million underspend. In addition, the new timetable allowed five or six projects to get an extra £400,000-worth of spending. The new timetable also gives the Network of International Development Organisations in Scotland and the Scotland Malawi Partnership the opportunity to focus on preparing the small grants scheme, which will be launched in the autumn of this year.

I am more than happy to sit down with the member to clarify any specific concerns but, as I said, the commitment to spend £3 million a year on projects in Malawi is there and will remain.