We are hugely excited that the very respected UK newspaper The Economist has named Malawi its ‘Country of the Year’.
While, of course, neither Malawi nor its government requires any validation from a UK newspaper, we are delighted to see the achievements of our friends and partners celebrated across the world.
- In January, we were inspired to meet the new Deputy Speakers of the National Assembly.
- In March, we welcomed the first female Speaker of the National Assembly to Scotland, along with MPs from all parties, discussing bi-partisan governance strengthening.
- In June, the CEO of our sister network, Vera Kamtukule, volunteered her time organising 200+ leading Malawian professionals to work together to form an civic election observer mission, physically standing outside voting stations to oversee fair voting. In part in recognition of this successful civic activism, she was then made Deputy Minister of Labour as a non-partisan Member of Cabinet.
- In July, we met with the CEO of the Malawi Electoral Commission, which ultimately played a critical role in delivering a successful Presidential election with just three weeks’ formal notice.
- In October, the new President of Malawi opened our AGM, setting the agenda for the coming chapter of the bilateral relationship and saying: “We want to identify areas of improvement, especially in the area of strengthening our respective governance institutions through shared learning, technical support and infrastructural development.”
- Later in October, we met with the Minister of Health discussing the remarkable success Malawi has had fighting Covid (with just 187 known Covid deaths since March).
- Also in October, the prestigious Chatham House prize, signed by HM the Queen, went to Malawi’s High Court Judges, and Malawi was found to be the only country in the world which had strengthened its democracy through the Covid pandemic (with 80 countries having weakened governance in this same period).
- In December, we met with the Minister of Education (who has lived and worked in Scotland) and she set out eight clear and compelling steps her Department is taking to reform education in Malawi.
- In December we met with the new British High Commissioner who expressed his admiration for Malawi’s success in 2020.