Our impact

We're really proud of what we achieve, together, as a network.

As a member-led national network, which receives public funding to cover much of our core costs from the Scottish Government, we think its hugely important that the SMP is transparent and accountable about all aspects of our work, its value and impact:

Read the results of our 2021 Member Needs and Impact Survey

Read 479 pieces of positive feedback (‘impact statements’) we have received in 2020-2021 from named individuals – from the President of Malawi and the First Minister of Scotland to individual SMP members.

Read the expert external review of our work in 2020-21, undertaken by the Corra Foundation.

Read the feedback we received from those who contacted the SMP with an enquiry in 2020-21.

Explore the hundreds of events we’ve hosted and co-hosted, attended by thousands.

Read our summary of how we did in 2020-21.

Read our colour-coded 2020-21 ‘logical framework’ (logframe) through which we report to the Scottish Government on for our Core Funding.

Of the 68 target indicators (all set pre-Covid):

  • 64 (93%) have been rated “Green” – target met or exceeded
  • 5 (7%) have been rated “Amber” – target missed by within 25%
  • 0 (0%) have been rated “Red” – target missed by more than 25%

In April 2018 the University of Edinburgh undertook research to assess the scale and impact of the Scotland-Malawi relationship.

They found that:

  • Members of the SMP represent a community of more than 109,000 Scots and 208,000 Malawians, working actively in partnership together each year.
  • SMP members contribute more than £49 million of activity to their links with Malawi each year.
  • The work done by members of the SMP benefits BOTH Malawi and Scotland. Each year more than 260,000 Scots and 5.6 million Malawians indirectly benefit from this activity.
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In May 2018 the SMP commissioned a new study from a University of Glasgow researcher which interviewed 449 randomly selected Scots:

It found that:

  • 44% of Scots personally know someone actively involved in a link with Malawi;
  • 77% of Scots are in favour of links with Malawi
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