MaSP and our sister network the SMP, invite anyone interested in governance strengthening to join the launch event of our exciting eight-part governance strengthening series, with Lord Jack McConnell.

As part of our ‘Years of Governance Strengthening’ campaign, the SMP and MaSP are sponsoring a new 400+ page, peer reviewed publication on governance in Malawi and hosting an accompanying eight-part high-level webinars series exploring governance strengthening.

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This first session will be an introduction to the series, with input from the three co-editors, Assoc Prof Asiyati Lorraine Chiweza, Prof Wapulumuka O. Mulwafu and Rev Prof Kenneth R. Ross. The Scottish response will be from for First Minister of Scotland and co-signatory of the first Scotland-Malawi Cooperation Agreement, Lord Jack McConnell.

This session will be co-chaired by the Chair of the Malawi Scotland Partnership Dr Anna Phoya and the Chair of the Scotland Malawi Partnership, Prof Heather Cubie.

  • Associate Professor Asiyati Lorraine Chiweza is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political and Administrative Studies at Chancellor College, University of Malawi. She holds a PhD in Public Administration from Curtin University, Australia. She has authored several book chapters and journal articles, including in The Journal of African and Asian Studies, Development in Practice, and Public Administration and Development Alternatives. Her main research interests and expertise are in local governance and development, gender and governance, and public sector ethics and governance.
  • Prof Wapulumuka O. Mulwafu is Professor of Environmental History and Dean of Postgraduate Studies at Chancellor College, University of Malawi. He is author of Conservation Song: A History of Peasant-State Relations and the Environment in Malawi, 1860-2000 (Cambridge: The White Horse Press, 2011) and co-edited with John McCracken and Kings Phiri, Malawi in Crisis: The 1959/60 Nyasaland State of Emergency and its Legacy (Zomba: Kachere, 2012).
  • Rev Prof Kenneth R. Ross is Professor of Theology at Zomba Theological College, having earlier served as Professor of Theology at Chancellor College, University of Malawi, and as Chair of the Scotland Malawi Partnership. His books on governance in Malawi include Democratization in Malawi: A Stocktaking, co-edited with Kings M. Phiri and published in the Kachere Series in 1998. He is currently Series Editor of the Edinburgh Companions to Global Christianity (Edinburgh University Press) and an Advisor to the World Council of Churches.
  • Lord Jack McConnell, Baron McConnell of Glenscorrodale, PC is a Scottish politician and a Labour life peer in the House of Lords, who served as the 3rd First Minister of Scotland from 2001 to 2007. Leader of the Scottish Labour Party from 2001 to 2007, he was a Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for Motherwell and Wishaw from 1999 to 2011. McConnell became an MSP in the inaugural elections to the Scottish Parliament in 1999, later holding the positions of Finance Minister, and Education Minister. He was elected First Minister following the resignation of his predecessor Henry McLeish, and led the Scottish Labour Party to its second election victory in the 2003 Election. As First Minister, he implemented a ban on smoking in public places, signed the inaugural Co-operation Agreement with Malawi, and successfully bid for the 2014 Commonwealth Games to be hosted in Glasgow. Now as a Peer, Lord McConnell remains commitment to continuing his work to tackle poverty in Africa and further developing the relationship between Scotland and Malawi.
  • Dr Ann Phoya is Chair of the Malawi Scotland Partnership (MaSP) and Chief of Party for the USAID-funded Organized Network of Everyone’s Health (ONSE) Activity, is a public health nurse midwife who has worked for over 38 years in the Malawi Public Health Services, in positions ranging from nursing/midwifery practice to education, management, and policy. At the policy level, Phoya served in the Ministry of Health as Head of Planning and Policy Development, Director of the Sector-Wide Approach; Director of Nursing and Midwifery Services; and as a manager for Safe Motherhood and Family Planning projects. In addition to her current work, she is also President of the Midwives Association of Malawi.
  • Lady Prof Heather Cubie is Chair of the Scotland Malawi Partnership. She was a consultant Clinical Scientist in the NHS, based in Laboratory Medicine and R&D Director of NHS Lothian. She founded a national HPV reference laboratory, set up a Scotland-wide network of HPV investigators and established a national sample archive, the combination of which has meant that Scotland is a world leader in vaccine effectiveness and HPV expertise. She is currently a Senior Advisor to the Global Health Academy and Honorary Professor in University of Edinburgh and also actively involved in the Scottish Global Health Collaborative as a champion for volunteering from retired healthcare staff. Since retirement, Heather has been actively involved in cervical cancer screening and treatment in Malawi, which has one of the highest incidences and the highest mortality of cervical cancer in the world.

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