Malawi-Scotland Governance Webinar Series

‘New Directions for Governance in Malawi’

Start time 13:00 (UK) / 15:00 (Malawi) Location Zoom
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Between October 2021 and May 2022, the SMP and MaSP are co-hosting eight, high-profile, digital webinars exploring governance strengthening in Malawi. Chaired by Assoc Prof Asiyati Lorraine Chiweza, each webinar will feature one or more leading Malawian academic and governance expert, presenting their chapter(s) in this forthcoming publication. Each webinar will include a response from a leading figure in Scotland with expertise in this area, and each will include significant time for open debate and discussion, chaired by Prof Chiweza or her co-editors. Learn more about the context of this work here.

Click the 'Register' button above to book your place for any of the upcoming webinars, and see below for details of all 8 webinars, including video recordings of those you may have missed or would like to revisit.


Webinar 1, 27th October 2021 - Governance in Malawi: An Introduction

Missed this webinar? Click the video on the right to catch up on the recording.

The SMP and our sister network MaSP, were delighted to invite anyone interested in governance strengthening to join the launch event of our exciting eight-part governance strengthening series, with Lord Jack McConnell.

As part of our ‘Years of Governance Strengthening’ campaign, the SMP and MaSP are sponsoring a new 400+ page, peer reviewed publication on governance in Malawi and hosting an accompanying eight-part high-level webinars series exploring governance strengthening.

This first session was an introduction to the series, with input from the three co-editors, Assoc Prof Asiyati Lorraine Chiweza, Prof Wapulumuka O. Mulwafu and Rev Prof Kenneth R. Ross. The Scottish response came from for First Minister of Scotland and co-signatory of the first Scotland-Malawi Cooperation Agreement, Lord Jack McConnell.

This session was co-chaired by the Chair of the Malawi Scotland Partnership Dr Anna Phoya and the Chair of the Scotland Malawi Partnership, Prof Heather Cubie.

  • Associate Professor Asiyati Lorraine Chiweza is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political and Administrative Studies at Chancellor College, University of Malawi. She holds a PhD in Public Administration from Curtin University, Australia. She has authored several book chapters and journal articles, including in The Journal of African and Asian Studies, Development in Practice, and Public Administration and Development Alternatives. Her main research interests and expertise are in local governance and development, gender and governance, and public sector ethics and governance.
  • Prof Wapulumuka O. Mulwafu is Professor of Environmental History and Dean of Postgraduate Studies at Chancellor College, University of Malawi. He is author of Conservation Song: A History of Peasant-State Relations and the Environment in Malawi, 1860-2000 (Cambridge: The White Horse Press, 2011) and co-edited with John McCracken and Kings Phiri, Malawi in Crisis: The 1959/60 Nyasaland State of Emergency and its Legacy (Zomba: Kachere, 2012).
  • Rev Prof Kenneth R. Ross is Professor of Theology at Zomba Theological College, having earlier served as Professor of Theology at Chancellor College, University of Malawi, and as Chair of the Scotland Malawi Partnership. His books on governance in Malawi include Democratization in Malawi: A Stocktaking, co-edited with Kings M. Phiri and published in the Kachere Series in 1998. He is currently Series Editor of the Edinburgh Companions to Global Christianity (Edinburgh University Press) and an Advisor to the World Council of Churches.
  • Lord Jack McConnell, Baron McConnell of Glenscorrodale, PC is a Scottish politician and a Labour life peer in the House of Lords, who served as the 3rd First Minister of Scotland from 2001 to 2007. Leader of the Scottish Labour Party from 2001 to 2007, he was a Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for Motherwell and Wishaw from 1999 to 2011. McConnell became an MSP in the inaugural elections to the Scottish Parliament in 1999, later holding the positions of Finance Minister, and Education Minister. He was elected First Minister following the resignation of his predecessor Henry McLeish, and led the Scottish Labour Party to its second election victory in the 2003 Election. As First Minister, he implemented a ban on smoking in public places, signed the inaugural Co-operation Agreement with Malawi, and successfully bid for the 2014 Commonwealth Games to be hosted in Glasgow. Now as a Peer, Lord McConnell remains commitment to continuing his work to tackle poverty in Africa and further developing the relationship between Scotland and Malawi.
  • Dr Ann Phoya is Chair of the Malawi Scotland Partnership (MaSP) and Chief of Party for the USAID-funded Organized Network of Everyone's Health (ONSE) Activity, is a public health nurse midwife who has worked for over 38 years in the Malawi Public Health Services, in positions ranging from nursing/midwifery practice to education, management, and policy. At the policy level, Phoya served in the Ministry of Health as Head of Planning and Policy Development, Director of the Sector-Wide Approach; Director of Nursing and Midwifery Services; and as a manager for Safe Motherhood and Family Planning projects. In addition to her current work, she is also President of the Midwives Association of Malawi.
  • Lady Prof Heather Cubie is Chair of the Scotland Malawi Partnership. She was a consultant Clinical Scientist in the NHS, based in Laboratory Medicine and R&D Director of NHS Lothian. She founded a national HPV reference laboratory, set up a Scotland-wide network of HPV investigators and established a national sample archive, the combination of which has meant that Scotland is a world leader in vaccine effectiveness and HPV expertise. She is currently a Senior Advisor to the Global Health Academy and Honorary Professor in University of Edinburgh and also actively involved in the Scottish Global Health Collaborative as a champion for volunteering from retired healthcare staff. Since retirement, Heather has been actively involved in cervical cancer screening and treatment in Malawi, which has one of the highest incidences and the highest mortality of cervical cancer in the world.

Webinar 2, 30th November 2021 - “A Decade of Governance as ‘Roving Banditry’”

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Dr Henry Chingaipe presented the first chapter in the forthcoming New Directions for Governance in Malawi” book. This included a Scottish response from Sir Andrew Cubie followed by a Q&A and discussion, exploring the governance themes highlighted.

In this webinar Dr Henry Chingaipe set out the context for his work and explained his use of institutional-political economy analysis to explore the state of public finance mismanagement in Malawi and its developmental costs, with specific examples of mineral resource (mis) governance and the misallocation of public finances. Dr Chingaipe explored the roles of parliament, the Auditor General and the Anti-Corruption Bureau, and the weaknesses of social accountability mechanisms for public finance management.”

This event was chaired by Assoc Prof Asiyati Lorraine Chiweza, one of the three co-editors of the forthcoming publication.

Speakers biographies for this webinar:

  • Dr Henry Chingaipe is Director of the Institute for Policy Research & Social Empowerment (IPRSE). He formerly held academic positions at Chancellor College, University of Malawi, and at the Department of Politics, University of York. He studied Public Administration, Political Science and Development Studies at the Universities of Malawi, Cambridge (UK) and York (UK), where he completed his PhD. His research interests include governance and development, political economy analysis, public policy analysis, public sector reforms and the civic space.
    Henry has research interests in many areas straddling political science, public administration and development studies. In particular, he is interested in public policy and institutional analysis; development theory and practice; state theory and praxis; political theory and governance; democracy and democratisation; state-society relations; the politics of international aid and development effectiveness of aid; political economy of development; and programme design and evaluation.
    His other roles include:
    - Country Researcher for Malawi in a multi-country study commissioned by Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) on Anti-Corruption Commissions in Southern Africa, (2015).
    - Country Researcher for Malawi in a multi-country study commissioned by the Southern Africa Electoral Support Network and the European Centre for Electoral Support on prevention of electoral violence in the SADC Region.
    - Political Economy Advisor to the Tilitonse Programme in Malawi – a grant-making governance programme supported by a consortium of donors, including DFID, Norwegian Embassy and Irish Aid.
  • Sir Andrew Cubie was, over many years, the Senior Partner or Chairman of one of Scotland’s established law firms. He specialised in Corporate Law. He holds or has held a number of non-executive Directorships in public and private companies ranging from investment trusts and corporate finance to manufacturing. He is the Chairman of Quality Scotland, VSO in the UK and the RNLI in Scotland, and one of the two Deputy Chairmen of the RNLI for the UK and Ireland. Andrew has been engaged in education issues throughout his professional career, having been Chairman of Governors of George Watson’s College, Chairman of the Court of Napier University and the Chairman of the Committee of University Chairmen for the UK. He was Convenor of the Independent Committee of Inquiry into Student Finance in Scotland (“the Cubie Committee”) which brought about the abolition of tuition fees in Scotland. He is a former Chairman of the Confederation of British Industry in Scotland, and of the Northern Lighthouse Board. He chairs the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework and also chairs the JNC of the Universities Superannuation Scheme. He serves as a member of the Management Board of Education Scotland, and is a Chairman of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education. He also is an advisor to the World Bank in Washington about Higher Education issues in India and South-East Asia. He has been a longstanding supporter of governance strengthening initiatives between Malawi and Scotland.

Webinar 3, 15th December 2021, 1-2pm (UK) / 3-4pm (Malawi) - “Citizen Trust in Malawi”

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In this webinar, Joseph J. Chunga will present the second chapter (“Two Decades of Governance in Malawi: Examining Citizen Trust in Malawi from 1999- 2019”) from the forthcoming publication ‘Beyond Impunity: New Directions for Governance in Malawi’, which he co-authored with Prof Happy Kayuni.

With Prof Happy Kayuni, in this chapter, Joseph Chunga explores: the concept and governance consequences of political trust; good governance in Africa; a brief background to governance in Malawi; general trends of trust in Presidents, Parliament, Police and Courts from 1999 to 2019; and the consequences of (loss of) citizenry trust and the implications on state legitimacy and prospects for democracy.

There will then be a Scottish response from Prof Robert Mattes, of the University of Strathclyde, and we will then have an open Q&A and discussion, exploring the governance themes highlighted.

All are welcome to join this open webinar which looks to use the strengths of the Malawi-Scotland bilateral friendship to help advance governance strengthening through open and honest two-way sharing and discussion.

This event will be chaired by Assoc Prof Asiyati Lorraine Chiweza, one of the three co-editors of the forthcoming publication.

Speakers biographies for this webinar:

  • Mr Joseph J. Chunga is a research fellow at the Centre for Social Research at Chancellor College, University of Malawi. He is a PhD candidate in Politics at the University of Cape Town and holds a Master’s degree in Political Science and a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration. His research spans a wide range of topics around democracy and governance including elections, public opinion, political economy, and constitutionalism.
  • Prof Robert Mattes was born and educated in the United States, spending 25 years researching and teaching in South Africa, before moving to Strathclyde in 2016. His research focuses on issues and challenges of sustaining democracy, by studying voting, public opinion, and elected legislatures, in the developing world in general, and Africa and South Africa in particular. Prof Mattes works on issues of democratization primarlily through the tools of survey research but also employ other methods of institutional analysis. He is co-founder and Senior Adviser of Afrobarometer, a regular survey of public opinion in 35 African countries ( and co-founder and co-Principal Investigator of the African Legislatures Project, a study of legislatures and legislators in 17 countries( Prof Mattes is also the founder and Principal Investigator of the South African National Election Study, a longitudinal series of post-election surveys dating back to South AFrica's first democratic election of 1994 (

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Webinar 4, 26th January 2022, 1-2pm (UK) / 3-4pm (Malawi) - “Impunity versus Constitutional Legality”

Dr Garton Kamchedzera, with Scottish response by Lord Jim Wallace, the Moderator of the Church of Scotland

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Webinar 5, TBC February 2022 - “Electoral Violence and Democratic Governance”

Dr Edge Kanyongolo

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Webinar 6, TBC March 2022 - Panel event: a) trust in election management bodies; b) violence against women in elections; c) choice of electoral systems; d) 50-50 Campaigns – Gender Equality.

Martin Limbikani Mwale, Gowokani Chijere Chirwa, Tony Mwenda Kamninga, Laston Petro Manja, Dr Anthony Jeckson Malunga, Dr Ngcimezile Mbano-Mweso, Dr Bernadette Wangisa Malunga, Ernest Thindwa, Assoc Prof Asiyati Lorraine Chiweza and Susan Dalgety

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Webinar 7, TBC April 2022 - Panel event: a) Opposition in Multiparty Malawi; b) Security Sector Governance; c) Executive Supremacy and the Armed Forces

Assoc Prof Asiyati Lorraine Chiweza, Dr John Chipembere Lwanda, George Chikondi Chipembere Lwanda, Mr Raphael Mbwana, Dan Kuwali, Mphatso Jones Boti Phiri

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Webinar 8, TBC May 2022 - Panel event: a) Ethnicity and Regionalism; b) Natural Resources; c) Covid-19 and Governance; d) Faith Perspectives

Assoc Prof Asiyati Lorraine Chiweza, Dr Gift Wasambo Kayira, Dr Paul Chiudza Banda, Prof Wapulumuka O. Mulwafu, Dr Bryson Gwiyani Nkhoma, Dr Gift Wasambo Kayira, Dr Paul Chiudza Banda, Dr Mzee Hermann Yokoniah Mvula, Rev Prof Kenneth R. Ross

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