We’re delighted to announce we’ve hit 1,000 Scotland Malawi Partnership members!
That’s 1,000 Scottish schools, churches, charities, businesses, key individuals, universities and community groups, the length and breadth of the country, each with their own inspiring Malawi partnership.
We welcomed our 1,000th member in style, with the leaders of Scotland’s five major political parties, launching a special report showing how our members are spread across every single constituency in the Scottish Parliament.
View the report here: www.tinyurl.com/HolyroodMalawi
Each of the four opposition leaders –Ruth Davidson (Cons), Kezia Dugdale (Lab), Willie Rennie (Lib Dems) and Patrick Harvie (Greens)- joined Scotland’s International Development Minister, Dr Alasdair Allan, to launch the report. Outside the Scottish Parliament they each met with SMP members and friends from the Malawian diaspora in their own constituency, and even got dressed in Malawian shirts and chitenjes!
The University of Edinburgh estimates that there are over 94,000 Scots involved in links with Malawi. This is a bilateral friendship which started 157 years ago, with the travels of Scottish explorer Dr David Livingstone.
These civic links benefit more than 300,000 Scots and 4 million Malawians a year. 46% of Scots, almost half the country, can name a friend or family engaged in a civic link with Malawi, making this one of the world’s strongest north-south people-to-people relationships.
Dr Alasdair Allan MSP, Minister for International Development & Europe