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Why Malawi?

Scotland has a special link with Malawi, one of the world's poorest countries, dating back to the work of missionaries and Dr David Livingstone. For 150 years Scots have worked with the people of Malawi, helping them develop basic education and health systems. 

Our Malawi Development Programme is supported by Scottish parliamentarians, schools and members of civil society.  The Scotland Malawi Partnership was established in 2004 to represent the breadth of civil society links that exist between our two countries.  The University of Edinburgh has estimated that 85,000 Scots are actively involved in links with Malawi and that 280,000 Scots have benefitted from these links. 

We are keen to strengthen the alliance between our two countries by extending the hand of friendship to Malawi as it strives to meet its Millennium Development Goals. Our governments are working together to build a civic coalition in both our countries - a partnership of skills and expertise that will help fight extreme poverty.

The Scottish Government recognises and encourages links between individuals and organisations to contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and to poverty alleviation.

A Co-operation Agreement was signed between Scotland and Malawi in November 2005. This outlines key areas of our engagement. These are:

  • Civic governance
  • Sustainable economic development
  • Health
  • Education

We work closely with the Government of Malawi. Each strand of the Co-operation Agreement has a Malawian and a Scottish lead working together to assess progress and to set priorities for future funding. This relationship is supported by regular meetings between the Governments of Scotland and Malawi to assess progress on commitments.