Scottish Funded Projects

Explore Projects funded by the Scottish Government in Malawi

The Malawi Scotland Partnership is core funded by, but independent to, the Scottish Government.  In addition to this support, the Scottish Government funds a wide range of high-impact projects in Malawi, as summarised below.  For full details about the Scottish Government’s work in Malawi, visit:

International Development Policy and impact review:

In December 2016 the Scottish Government launched its new International Development Policy.  CLICK HERE to read the policy.  This policy established three modalities through which the Scottish Government would deliver its international development support: conventional grant-making (including the Malawi Development Programme and the Small Grants Programme); capacity-strengthening initiatives; and commercial investment.

In August 2018 the Scottish Government published its first Contribution to International Development Report, outlining details of the impact it is has had in recent years, including in Malawi.  This report was welcomed by MSPs in a Scottish Parliament debate on the 26th October.

 Global Goals Partnership Agreement

On 23 April 2018, the First Minister of Scotland signed a new Global Goals Partnership Agreement with the President of Malawi on behalf of each government. In this new Agreement, the two governments committed to realise the vision of the Global Goals, and to do so through the 150-year-old tradition of partnership working.

The two governments agreed to build on previous collaborations, and committed to achieve the Global Goals by focussing on six key strands: health; education; civic governance; sustainable economic development; renewable energy, and water and climate. In focussing on the above Global Goals, both governments however acknowledged the need for all work to contribute towards all of the Global Goals, reflecting their holistic and cross-cutting agenda. The new Global Goals Partnership Agreement supersedes the previous 2005 Cooperation Agreement.

Malawi Development Programme

Between 2015 and 2018 the Scottish Government funded 20 projects in Malawi worth a combined value of £9.2 million. View the funding allocated to each of these projects.

View reporting timescales and templates for the Malawi projects from 2015 to 2018.

The successful applicants for the new Malawi Development Programme 2018-2023 have now been announced, following completion of the 2017-2018 competitive funding round. Between 2018 and 2023 the Scottish Government is funding 11 projects worth a combined value of £11.4 million. View the funding allocated to each of these projects.

All enquiries regarding the 2018-2023 funding round itself should be sent to

Small Grants Programme

The Scottish Government established its Small Grants Programme in 2013 to help grow the international development sector in Scotland and to support it in helping some of the world’s most vulnerable communities in our partner countries, including Malawi.

The Programme makes grants of up to £60,000 available to projects lasting up to three years, and grants of up to £10,000 for feasibility studies and capacity building work lasting up to one year.

Eligible projects must contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, and the alleviation of poverty and economic growth in one of our partner countries.

So far, grants have been awarded in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia for activities in relation to the following priority themes: education, health, sustainable economic development, civic governance and society, food security, renewable energy, climate change and water

See details of the grants awarded from 2014 to 2017.

Capacity-strengthening initiatives

Strengthening capacity is the second funding stream of the Scottish Government’s International Development Fund (IDF), and provides funding to a number of partnered institutions from Scotland and our partner countries. Current capacity-strengthening projects with Malawi include:

  • Police Scotland – Malawi Police Service Partnership
  • Blantyre-Blantyre Clinical Research Project
  • Scotland Malawi Psychiatry Capacity Development Project and Zambia extension
  • Livingstone fellowships
  • Malawian College of Medicine: governance initiative
  • Social enterprise academies
  • Community Energy Malawi

CLICK HERE for more details on the Capacity-strengthening initiatives

View end of project reports for all projects.

Malawi Investment Initiative

Commercial investment is the third funding stream of the Scottish Government’s International Development Fund (IDF), and currently funds the Malawi Investment Initiative.

In October 2016 the Minister for International Development announced that the Scottish Government would invest £1 million from the IDF in Malawian businesses, over a three-year period. This is being match-funded by private investors based in Scotland to provide a total business investment of £2 million for Malawi.

The Malawi Investment Initiative is intended to begin moving Malawi away from reliance on aid (which will still remain important for the foreseeable future) and towards a self-sustaining economy supported by trade and investment.

To successfully secure a portion of this investment, business ventures will need to have a positive social impact, through creating jobs and sustainable livelihoods, as well as financial return.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the Malawi Investment Initiative.

Climate Justice:

The Scottish Government’s Climate Justice Fund recognises that the poor and vulnerable at home and overseas are the first to be affected by climate change, and will suffer the worst, yet have done little or nothing to cause the problem.

It is a people-centred, human-rights approach that aims to share the benefits of equitable global development and the burdens of climate change fairly, while building trust between developed and developing countries.

The Climate Justice Fund (CJF) was launched in 2012 to help tackle the effects of climate change in the poorest, most vulnerable countries, with a £3 million budget. In 2014, a further tranche of £3 million was added to the CJF to fund more projects.

In 2015, at COP21 in Paris, the Scottish Government committed to providing £3 million per year from 2016 to 2021 through the Climate Challenge Fund Malawi and the Climate Justice Innovation Fund (totalling £12 million over five years). This is in addition to their annual £11 million International Development Fund.

CLICK HERE for full details on the Climate Justice Fund, the Climate Challenge Programme Malawi, the Climate Justice Innovation Fund and the Malawi Water Stewardship Fund.

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