The New International Strategy of the Scottish Parliament

By Fergus Cochrane, Head of Scottish Parliament’s International Relations Office As a young and evolving parliament, the Scottish Parliament is keen to share its experience with other parliaments across the world and our increased engagement with the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) over recent years has contributed to that aim. The Scottish Parliament’s International Strategy sets […]

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The real value of regional programmes

Devin O'Shaughnessy, Director of Programmes In some international development circles, the term “regional programme” carries with it a certain stigma. “Expensive…too many international flights…no national impact…unsustainable” are just some of the criticisms lodged against regional programmes. Moreover, the tendency among most major donor agencies to devolve decision-making powers to embassy level leads to minimal demand [...]
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