The Scotland Malawi Partnership is a large and incredibly diverse coalition of organisations and individuals. There are two things that all these schools, churches, charities, universities, hospitals, business, etc, share: a love for and friendship with Malawi; and a belief in dignified partnership. This is our common thread.
People often ask us what we mean by "dignified partnership". To be able to answer this, over the last four years we asked around 200 Scottish and 200 Malawian organisations what are the real 'Partnership Principles' which underpin the relationship between our two nations.
We collated all the answers we received and were excited to find that we were getting the same answers in Scotland and Malawi, and that these same principles were also now being promoted by some of the world's leading academics in this field, and some of the largest multi-lateral agencies. So what are the key principles behind a successful Scotland-Malawi engagement?
It's easy. Think P.A.R.T.N.E.R.S.H.I.P.