Weekly Scotland-Malawi Scotsman column draws to a close

12 Nov 2019
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Susan Dalgety, a long-standing supporter and former board member of the Scotland Malawi Partnership, has just returned from a six month trip to Malawi where she wrote a weekly column for The Scotsman about the lives of ordinary Malawians. 

Susan had also been researching and writing a book about Malawi which will be published next year by Luath Press. 

Speaking to the SMP a few days after her return to Edinburgh, Susan said: 

 "Looking out of my office window at the grey sky, I can hardly believe that a week ago I was basking in the sunshine of Malawi. Then I switch on my tape machine and hear the voice of Rev Maxwell Banda, or Wezi or Lazarus, and suddenly I am back home.

"I have just returned from six months living in Malawi, where I was researching for a book about the country which Luath Press will publish next year – once I have finished it!

"It was the best experience of my life.

"Living there, instead of rushing back to Scotland after a two-week trip, has deepened my understanding of Malawi in ways I had not anticipated. 

"I still don't know why it is one of the world's poorest countries, though I am a bit closer to understanding the factors at play.

"But I have made new, lifelong friends, and my relationship with people I first met in 2005 is deeper now than ever. 

"And I am even more convinced that the only way our world is going to survive is if we all work together, as friends and neighbours.

"Climate change does not recognise borders. Nor do the titans of the global economy.

"That is why the partnership between Scotland and Malawi matters, more even than we think.

"Now to finish that book!"

Links to all of Susan's columns can be found below.


Saturday, 9th November: The country where average income is £263 a year and aid workers stay in £220-a-night hotels

Saturday, 2nd NovemberDon’t be surprised if the next big things in music and fashion come from Malawi

Saturday, 26th OctoberWhy Donald Trump’s advice is popular in a small village in Malawi

Saturday, 19th October: Price of saving fragile natural world hits the poorest hardest

Saturday, 12th October:  How global trade can transform lives for the better

Saturday, 5th OctoberClimate change: Why it’s no surprise Prince Harry spoke out on Malawi trip

Saturday, 28th SeptemberMalawi shows how important democracy is in fight against corruption

Saturday, 21st SeptemberMalawi shows how important democracy is in fight against corruption

Saturday, 14th SeptemberLife in Malawi suggests Marx was right about religion

Saturday, 7th SeptemberMissionaries once tried to suppress Malawi’s music (they failed)

Saturday, 31st AugustPolitics always comes down to straightforward choices

Saturday, 24th AugustTravelling in the footsteps of David Livingstone 

Saturday, 16th August: How to make world a better place: politics and religion – Susan Dalgety

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Saturday, 10th AugustA ‘struggle for Malawi’s very soul’ may now be under way – Susan Dalgety

Saturday 3rd August: Lake Malawi's chiefs turn down oil industry to save its fish

Saturday 27th July: She was Malawi's first qualified nurse and a true friend

20th July: In a country where 1 in 34 babies die at birth, this clinic hasn’t had a death in 10 years

13th July: How to unleash the potential of this peaceful, democratic but incredibly poor country

6th July: Malawi turns to peaceful protest and powerful theatre

29th June: Why the country where people don't display anger is changing

22nd June: 'How Malawi and Scots teens are changing the world'

June 15th: A country of 18 million – and just 39 dentists to treat them

June 8th: Malawi’s a nation split in two by warring factions: sound familiar?

June 1st: People power is going global in a ‘miraculous’ way

Saturday, 25h May: Democracy moves slowly as China steals march in Malawi – Susan Dalgety

Saturday, 18th MayThe country with problems that make Brexit seem trivial – Susan Dalgety

Saturday 11th May: The country where nothing goes to waste

Saturday, 4th MayScotland’s unique friendship with ‘the warm heart of Africa’