Malawi Call - Civic Governance

13 Nov 2017

The SMP's Civic Governance strand meeting came together on November 13th for a networking, sharing and collaboration meeting for the current Scottish Government's Malawi Development Programme funding round focusing on the Civic Governance strand.

Download the Minutes here>>

The Scottish Government announced its Malawi Development Programme 2018-2023 call for applications on 3rd November.  We used this meeting to support networking, sharing and collaboration between those potentially interested in developing an application.

We were delighted to welcome 10 members and interested individuals to the meeting at the Edinburgh City Chambers. The meeting was an informal discussion on three main sections: Application, Grant Management, and Project Sustainability.

Malawi Input

We used the latest technology to put Malawian input front and centre of our meeting. In advance of the day, our sister network the Malawi Scotland Partnership asked four strand experts to be present via a WhatsApp group at the time of the meeting to answer questions about sustainable economic development priorities from their perspective. Questions from the group in Edinburgh were sent across to Malawi and the answers compiled and shared at the end of the meeting.

The compiled questions and answers are available here >>

Shared learning

Speakers from previously SG-funded civic governance projects fed in their experience and learning to help inform new applications. We were grateful to all the participants for their honest and practical advice.


We support networking, sharing and collaboration between those potentially interested in developing an application. 

See the list of projects for collaboration here >>

If you did not complete a form about potential project applications, you can still do so here >> 



Strand Meetings

This meeting is being held in conjunction with four similar meetings, one for each of the priority strands in the Scotland Malawi Cooperation Agreement, scheduled across the first two weeks of November:

Health - 31st October, 2pm-4pm, Edinburgh City Chambers

Sustainable Economic Development - 9th November, 2.30pm-4.30pm, SFTF offices, Glasgow

Education - 16th November, 2pm-4pm, Edinburgh City Chambers

Renewable energy, water and climate - 16th November, 4.30pm-6.30pm, Edinburgh City Chambers

We are working closely with the Scottish Fair Trade Forum and Scotland's International Development Alliance on all our work and support in this space.

If you have any suggestions or ideas of what more the SMP can do to support those developing applications, especially in the key period between call and deadline for concept notes, please do email Kathy(at)  We’re here to help...