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, way back in 2012, we asked around 200 Malawian, then 200 Scottish organisations what makes a good partnership: what are the real 'Partnership Principles' which underpin a successful Scotland-Malawi link.
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.
For almost a decade we have held the SMP, and all our our members, accountable to these Partnership Principles. We have championed these principles in hundreds of events and engagements, across all we do. We have offered information, training and support for our members on these principles and we have successfully lobbied others -funders, networks and governments- to adopt similar principles.
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.