The Scottish Government (SG) has announced their latest Malawi Development Programme call for applications.
Full details are available here >>
This funding round relates to projects which cover one or more elements of the following list, as provided by the Government of Malawi:
- Civil Society and Governance
- Education (General and Higher Education)
- Sustainable Economic Development (which includes Renewable Energy)
Those interested in applying are invited to attend an information event on Wednesday 29th November in central Edinburgh. Final details are still to be announced but we understand likely 10.00-13.00 and people should email to book places.
Collaboration and partnership
The SG has made clear its expectation that collaboration, coordination and partnership will be key priorities in this funding round. Applications will be expected to show clear evidence of how they connect, collaborate and compliment others’ work in this area.
The SMP is therefore keen to play a strong supporting role as members develop applications: providing a range of services to connect members working in similar areas; offering structures for past, present and future projects to share their learning and thinking; and establishing channels for Malawian governmental and non-governmental input.
To this end, the SMP has a series of five key thematically-grouped support meetings:
Health - 31st October, 2pm-4pm, Edinburgh City Chambers
Sustainable Economic Development - 9th November, 2.30pm-4.30pm, SFTF offices, Glasgow
Civic governance - 13th November, 2pm-4pm, SCVO Glasgow
Education (including Higher Education) - 16th November, 2pm-4pm, Edinburgh City Chambers
Renewable energy - 16th November, 4.30pm-6.30pm, Edinburgh City Chambers
Each of these meetings has a special one-stop shop web-page (click above links) which will be regularly updated with videos, policy documents, online forums and other key links and information. Over the coming weeks we will be updating these pages with information from our members about who’s developing what ideas.
We strongly recommend members interested in applying attend one or more of these networking, support and sharing meetings and feed into these structures to support collaboration and co-creation.
Members can use this online form to share information with the SMP about developing ideas, however embryonic. Members can choose how they want the SMP to use this information: from making public on the website, through to keeping confidential while keeping an ear out for others’ developing similar work to connect with.
We also invite members to join a special meeting of the Scottish Parliament’s Malawi Cross Party Group, 6pm on 15th November, looking at the SG’s Malawi Development Programme and this call for applications: CLICK HERE for details and booking.
Points to note: changes
There have been a number of changes to the programme since the last Malawi call. A number of these changes were introduced in the Zambia and Rwanda call earlier this year, for which there has been broad support from the sector:
- There is now a two-stage application process, with initial Concept Notes due 26th January 2018. Only those invited to continue will complete the full application form.
- Projects are for up to 4.5 years, the SG has suggested a preference for projects lasting this full term.
- Projects will start from 1st October 2018 and run to 31st March 2023.
- Projects can be for up to £300,000 per year.
- There is no lower limit for projects; however, the SG has suggested a preference for projects at or near the upper limit given there is an annual Small Grants Programme specifically for smaller organisations (the deadline for this year’s small grants call is 13th November).
- There are still four strands, as per the Cooperation Agreement, but the Government of Malawi has given two sets of Education priorities - General and Higher. Renewable Energy priorities come under the Sustainable Economic Development strand.
- The SG and the Government of Malawi have stated 3-8 priorities within each of these strands.