Malawi and Scotland: Together for Sustainable Development

28 Sep 2018

We invite members of the Scotland Malawi Partnership (SMP), and the Malawi Scotland Partnership (MaSP) in Malawi, to attend a major high-level national conference in Lilongwe on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th September 2018.  ‘Malawi and Scotland: Together for Sustainable Development’ will celebrate the friendship between our two nations and discuss the next chapter in the bilateral relationship. 

Date: 28th and 29th September 2018

Venue: Lilongwe

Booking: CLICK HERE for the online booking system.



In April 2018, during a visit of H.E. President Arthur Peter Mutharika to Scotland, an updated cooperation agreement, the ‘Global Goals Partnership Agreement’, was signed between the two Governments.  This agreement set out how the two governments will work together in the coming years to support the delivery of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This conference, ‘Malawi and Scotland: Together for Sustainable Development’, will bring together, and listen to, a range of key stakeholders across civil society, government and parliament to explore how best to implement the Global Goals Partnership Agreement.                                         

It will very much be a working conference and will conclude with a conference statement which will look to set out a roadmap for the delivery of the Global Goals Partnership Agreement, with a particular focus on the role civil society will have.  To help inform this discussion, we are keen to seek the active input of as many Scots and Malawians working together as possible.


The conference has five strategic objectives:

  1. UNITE: Convene Malawian and Scottish representatives and key stakeholders from across government, parliament and civil society to advance understanding of, and commitment to, the nation-to-nation and people-to-people friendship amongst these representatives and stakeholders and the general public in both countries. 
  2. LISTEN: Listen to a range of voices across Malawian and Scottish society to better understand and communicate the distinctive features of the bilateral relationship.
  3. LEARN: Provide a forum to capture learning on how this people-to-people model has developed and the impact it has had since 2005, sharing good practice and identifying opportunities to address gaps in the bilateral relationship’s contribution to the development challenges facing Malawi.
  4. ENVISION: Create vision and purpose to drive collaborative multi-sectoral working to contribute, from 2018 to 2030, to the attainment of the Global Goals.
  5. PLAN: Advance concrete recommendations as to how the people-to-people engagement between Malawi and Scotland will work to fulfil the Malawi Scotland Global Goals Partnership Agreement (GGPA) of 2018 across the six strands: Health, Education, Civic Governance, Sustainable Economic Development, Renewable Energy, and Water & Climate.


Friday 28th September, the first day of the conference, will be structured around the six strands of the new Partnership Agreement and will be a full day.  Saturday 29th will be a half-day, concluding at lunchtime to allow travel time for Malawian delegates.  The conference will have a specific focus on three core priority areas: the Sustainable Development Goals, safeguarding, and youth participation.


We are not able to offer any financial assistance for travel to Malawi from Scotland.  A small number of more remote community-based groups in Malawi will receive some modest support from MaSP for travel to Lilongwe but there is no budget to support international travel.  We hope some SMP members may be in Malawi at the time, or may possibly be able to schedule an upcoming trip around these dates.  Obviously all MaSP members will be receiving a direct invitation but please do feel free to pass this on to your partners as well.


Remote input if you can’t attend in person:

Those who cannot attend in person are able to feed in to the conference by:

1)      Submitting their reflections, experience and ideas on the bilateral relationship through an online interface (CLICK HERE).  Your submissions will be sent on to the relevant Lead Scottish Contributor for that Strand/Working Group, for inclusion in discussions.

2)      Submitting a short (max 30 second) pre-recorded video giving your input/experience relating to any of the questions in this online interface.  Videos must be emailed to Pamela Tulloch (Pamela(at) by 0900 24th September. We will endeavour to play the video inputs we receive during the working group sessions.