Scotland Malawi Partnership AGM

3 Oct 2020
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'Challenge, change and new opportunities: the exciting next chapter'

...with very special guest DALISO CHAPONDA!

Members are invited to attend the Scotland Malawi Partnership’s Annual Conference and AGM, and are encouraged to invite their partners in Malawi to join the afternoon:

Saturday 3rd October 2020, 2 - 4.30pm UK Time [3 - 5.30 Malawi Time]

BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE (Zoom link only available to those who have booked a place)


We recognise that this is a unique moment in the Scotland-Malawi friendship.

-          As Covid-19 continues to define our lives, with Scotland-Malawi travel dormant but digital engagements revolutionising how we work…

-          As Malawi’s new government takes office, with a strong focus on new leadership and governance strengthening…

-          As the debate around Black Lives Matter poses important questions about decolonization, diversity and representation…

-          As Scotland prepares to host COP26, its most significant global summit to date, with the unique opportunity to help define the global response to the climate crisis…

-          And as the Scottish Government reviews its international development policy…

…it is more important than ever that, as a network of 1,200+ organisations and key individuals, we come together to listen, share and discuss the next chapter in the bilateral friendship.

There is challenge.  There will be change.  But we have no doubt that there are fantastic new opportunities, and next chapter in the Scotland-Malawi story will be brighter than ever.


What we will achieve:

We want to listen to, engage, share, and help re-energise our membership in these extraordinary times.  Now is the time to really champion what we believe as a network and how we want to develop the relationship to ensure it remains as relevant, inspiring and effective as always.

We all want to ‘Build Back Better’, and we want Members to help feed into what this look like.

This will be an afternoon for real, frank but uplifting discussions, moving forwards together with our collective strength, rooted in dignified partnership.  All those attending will have a unique opportunity to have their views heard, by the SMP and the Scottish Government, at this critical point.

Although taking place on Zoom, the 2020 AGM and Annual Conference will be as memorable, fun, engaging and useful as always. 

One great advantage of a digital meeting is the opportunity it offers for our Malawi partners to get involved.  We have been really thrilled to have hosted some really engaging Zoom meetings since March, with dozens of key Malawian organisations taking part in the discussions.  We want our 2020 AGM to be larger and more participative than ever, so we are keen to encourage members to also invite their partners in Malawi to join the event from Malawi.  All are welcome.


Live performance by, and Q&A with, DALISO CHAPONDA!

The afternoon will uplift and inspire, as we re-energise and re-engage our membership at this crucial moment.  

We’re therefore delighted to announce that the afternoon will close with a special one-off, live performance by Malawi’s most famous comedian, Daliso Chaponda!

Daliso has a huge number of fans across our membership and has been delighting audiences across the world for a number of years, including regularly featuring in the Edinburgh Fringe.

Since reaching the Britain’s Got Talent finals, Daliso Chaponda has been perhaps one of the most famous Malawians in the performing arts.  His two outstanding BBC Radio 4 series (Daliso Chaponda: Citizen of Nowhere), have explored serious themes of identity, representation, global citizenship and migration in genuinely light-hearted and engaging ways.  He has been an inspiring Malawian voice on the airwaves and on the television.

Daliso Chaponda will perform a special live set to bring our Annual Conference to a close and we’ll also have a Q&A for members to ask him their own questions.


Discussion Topics covered:

The afternoon will include a range of different interactive and discursive spaces for members to be able to discuss and debate key themes, network, and share information about their work.

In the coming weeks we will be announcing some really fantastic speakers on this page and in our bulletin, including senior representatives of the Government of Malawi. 

There will be interactive sessions discussing:

Covid-19: We have a number of excellent speakers, as well as time for our members to: share their stories of the last seven months, discuss learning and innovations, explore recovery and resilience, and set the priorities for the coming year. 

Decolonizing, diversity and representation: In recent months the Black Lives Matter movement has helped all of us to look at our work afresh.  We want to continue this important discussion by exploring these themes in the context of the Scotland-Malawi relationship.  There is always more than can be done in this space and it is healthy to be challenged, so we’re keen to facilitate a really engaging discussion around diversity and representation.

Governance Strengthening: The new President of Malawi, Lazarus Chakwera, has spoken candidly in his State of the Nation Address about corruption and the need to strengthening governance systems across Malawian life.  This is the SMP’s Year of Governance Strengthening, and we are keen not to miss this opportunity to explore how to use the bilateral relationship to strengthen governance in both our nations.

The Climate Crisis and COP26: In 2021 Scotland will host COP26, the most significant global conference ever held in Scotland.  This is a unique opportunity for Scotland to seize the agenda, inspire the world and help lead the fight against the climate crisis.  We want to explore how we ensure the Scotland-Malawi relationship is at the heart of this.

The New Digital World: For all the many and varied challenges Covid has thrown us, there have also been new opportunities, innovations and breakthroughs.  Digital communications technology has changed how all of us work and live.  Just within the SMP, it has revolutionised our ability to listen to many different Malawian stakeholders at the same time, from across the country.  We want to explore how best we use digital to further enhance the bilateral relationship.

Build Back Better: We all want to Build Back Better, but there is little consensus what this looks like at present.  In the context of Covid, and post-Covid, and with the Scottish Government reviewing its International Development Policy, we will have an open conversation about what we want to keep, and what we want to change in Scottish internationalism.  From the discussions, we will record video snippets and soundbites which will not only feed into our own thinking, and shared through our communications channels, but will also be fed to the Scottish Government, to feed into its policy review.



The afternoon will include the SMP’s formal AGM in which members will be able to elect new Directors, review the SMP’s constitution, ask questions of the Board, and scrutinise the SMP’s accounts.

All SMP Members are reminded that they are also invited to stand for election on the SMP Board.  We are asking for all expressions of interest to stand to be received by 24th September.

Further information and full papers to be emailed to members shortly.