Scotland referendum heaps questions over future of UK aid

Scotland’s referendum on independence takes place Sept. 18. What could independence mean for U.K. development aid? Photo by: Lawrence OP / CC BY-NC-ND

After a bitterly fought campaign, voters in Scotland go to the polls Thursday to decide whether or not to break away from the United Kingdom.

Independence is now a genuine possibility — with at least one major opinion poll now showing the “Yes” camp edging into the lead.

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    Anna Patton

    Anna Patton is a freelance journalist and media facilitator specializing in global development and social enterprise. Currently based in London, she previously worked with development NGOs and EU/government institutions in Berlin, Brussels and Dar es Salaam as well as in the U.K., and has led media projects with grass-roots communities in Uganda and Kenya. Anna has an master’s degree in European studies — specializing in EU development policy — and is a fellow of the On Purpose social enterprise program.