The Malawi Scotland Partnership (MaSP) is the Malawian-owned and Malawian-led network which exists to support and develop Malawi’s many civil society links with Scotland, thereby enhancing the cooperation between Malawi and Scotland Government on one hand and the North and South on the other. The network was established in 2005 under the Company Act
Our Work in Malawi
MaSP is working to advance the development of vulnerable, isolated and impoverished communities in Malawi by inspiring, facilitating and strengthening existing and new civil society links with Scotland, through advocacy, capacity building and coordination of effort.
By creating a coordinating hub for Malawian organisations linked with Scotland, MaSP will provide advocacy, training and capacity building, resulting in less duplication, sharing of relevant skills and experience and the establishment of a resource base which will enable vulnerable and isolated communities to be better equipped to counter poverty.
The Malawi Scotland Partnership was born from Strathclyde University’s ‘Malawi Millennium Project’ in early 2004, in response to the belief that there was a need to bring together under a single umbrella the many organizations and individuals throughout Scotland engaged in fostering and developing links between Scotland and Malawi. With the support of the Lord Provosts of Glasgow and Edinburgh, the Malawi Scotland Partnership was officially launched in April 2004.
Early events included a ‘Shaping the Partnership’ consultative conference at Strathclyde University and a health workshop. In November 2005, the SMP hosted the ‘Malawi after Gleneagles: A Commission for Africa Case-Study’ conference at the Scottish Parliament. Attended by over 250 delegates, this conference was widely acclaimed to be a resounding success. During the Conference the historic Cooperation Agreement between Scotland and Malawi was signed.
Between October 2009 and January 2010 the Scottish Government funded Civil Society Research Exercise was conducted. The purpose of the exercise was to look at how the Scottish Government could best support civil society in Malawi. With 250 Malawian organisations and key individuals feeding in, the research found that there was a very strong appetite in Malawi for greater support and coordination of the civil society links with Scotland