On the 5th February, 70 representatives of projects funded by the Scottish Government attended the Malawi Scotland Partnership’s 2019 Symposium in Lilongwe.
Hosted by our sister network, the day brought together the Malawi partners of Scottish Government projects, together with the Government of Malawi and other senior stakeholders, to share learning and build collaboration.
Claire Tynte Irvine (Dep. Director External Affairs) and Nicola Coggan (Malawi Development Officer) represented the Scottish Government at the event, as part of their first visit to Malawi, with Claire asserting the Scottish Government’s commitment to the Scotland-Malawi relationship. The Scotland Malawi Partnership's Deputy Chief Executive Stuart Brown also attended and spoke at the event.
The meeting focussed on shared learning, understanding impact, government engagement and safeguarding. It also disseminated the outcomes from the recent Malawi and Scotland: Together for Sustainable Development Conference.
The Ministry of Gender’s Joseph Kalelo-Phiri also gave a presentation on Safeguarding, with Claire-Tynte Irvine adding the importance of three Ps in relation to Safeguarding: Prevention – Policy (having one) – Procedure (knowing exactly what we would do in the eventuality of a safeguarding issue arising and that this should be as clear as a fire drill procedure).
The event was also a key chance for the Malawi partners of SG-funded projects to come together and meet with representatives of the Malawian and Scottish Governments, with the Government of Malawi praising the Scotland-Malawi relationship and called for greater communication.
Feedback from the day has been very positive, with a number of new links and learning between projects.
When we refreshed the partnership between Scotland and Malawi in 2004/05 we hoped for civic engagement in both countries. It is wonderful to see the levels it has reached today. Congratulations to all involved. @MalawiScotland @ScotlandMalawi https://t.co/aLcpe6rVQS— Jack McConnell (@LordMcConnell) February 5, 2019
Claire Tynte-Irvine at the @MalawiScotland symposium in Lilongwe asserts the Scottish Government’s commitment to the Scotland-Malawi relationship #partnership #scotlandmalawi pic.twitter.com/AbXh21uNGr— Scotland Malawi Partnership (@ScotlandMalawi) February 5, 2019
Chawezi Gondwe of @comenergymw spoke about the exciting collaboration in energy today between #ScotlandandMalawi. Chawezi will soon be meeting with @CES_Tweet and the @UniStrathclyde in Scotland! #MaSPSymposium pic.twitter.com/ojuCbeTMuK— Scotland Malawi Partnership (@ScotlandMalawi) February 5, 2019