SMP Bulletin: 14th August 2015
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This week in the bulletin: become an SMP Board member or host a stall at our AGM in October, the One World Shop in Princes Street Gardens now selling Malawian products, and an update on the next Cross Party Group on Malawi.

Do you have news to share? Get in touch to promote something in this bulletin!

10th Anniversary Photo Competition

We're celebrating our 10th anniversary this year!

As part of these celebrations we are running a photo competition over the summer to give our members a chance to show what partnership in practice looks like. 

We're delighted that Times photographer, James Glossop, will be one of the judges for the competition!
You've got until the 31st August to send us your entries! 

Update: SMP AGM 2015!

As previously advertised, our AGM will take place on Saturday 3rd October at Stewart’s Melville School in Edinburgh.  Launching the new UN Global Goals and marking the 10th anniversary of the Scotland-Malawi Cooperation Agreement, this will be a very special AGM with some very special guests.

If you would like to host a stall at this year’s AGM please email

We're looking for new Board members! If you'd like to get involved with the partnership, please click here for details!
Full details to follow but we recommend members book early to avoid disappointment. To book your place, email

DFID Civil Society Partnership Review

At the start of July DFID announced a thorough review of the way it engages and supports civil society.  We now have a clearer shape of the structure of this review but are disappointed to have not been consulted in the development or design of the process.
DFID will release a series of blogs in the coming weeks around their five core Lines of Enquiry:
  1. Effective civil society
  2. Effective knowledge and influence
  3. Effective approaches
  4. Effective relationships and engagement
There have so far been two blogs released: a general introduction, and one on the first Line of Enquiry, ‘Effective Civil Society’.
As we understand it, DFID are looking for input against the five Lines of Enquiry through five separate online surveys, each with their own limited window for input.  The first survey, on effective civil society, is now published and the deadline is 28th August.  Further FAQs are available online.
We are a little concerned that the structure of the consultation –five separate time-limited online surveys- is not perhaps conducive for input from wider civic society, either in Scotland or Malawi, and we have communicated this concern to DFID.  We hope there will be further opportunities available for members to feed in different ways but, in the meantime, we highlight the existing structures and encourage members to feed in views to the online survey

Cross Party Group on Malawi

The next meeting of the CPG on Malawi will be on Wednesday 2nd September, from 5.30-7pm at the Scottish Parliament.

The focus of the meeting will be on the value and impact of school partnerships between Scotland and Malawi. We look forward to hearing from teachers and pupils who have been actively involved in links.

All are welcome to attend. Please email to book your place. 

Congrats Team Malawi!

Congratulations to Team Malawi who competed in Los Angeles in the 2015 Special Olympics, winning 7 gold medals, 3 silver medals and 2 bronze medals. Here are some of the team proudly showing off their well-earned medals. 

Nkhoma Hospital Cervical Cancer Screening Programme

Congratulations to Beatrice Kabota,  the co-ordinator of the Scottish Government-funded cervical cancer screening project, seen here informing the First Lady and Vice-President’s wife about the Nkhoma service and cold coagulation.

For more information about the project click here.

Malawi's Kilombero rice - Great Taste Award

Congratulations to SMP Member, JTS (Just Trading Scotland)  who have received a Great Taste Award for Malawi's Kilombero Rice.
The Guild of Fine Foods ‘Great Taste Awards’ are the benchmark for fine food in the UK, so this recognition is a huge endorsement for smallholder rice farmers in Malawi

For more visit:

WeFarm Scottish Launch Event

The Scottish Fair Trade Forum would like to invite you to an introduction and networking event with WeFarm CEO Kenny Ewan at Robertson House on the 4th September.

WeFarm is 'the internet for people without the internet' - a pioneering social enterprise, launching a peer to peer knowledge sharing platform for small-scale farmers in rural communities in Africa and Latin America. Providing a service to ask questions and addressing anything from farming techniques to business ideas that can improve their lives. 

Come along on the 4th September to hear more about what WeFarm is, meet other sustainable development organisations and have some refreshments!

To book your free place please click here.

Just Festival Event: “Faith and Development”

At part of Edinburgh’s “Just Festival” a number of conversations are being hosted looking at a variety of themes relating to poverty and injustice. For the full list of conversations click here.

SMP member, Tearfund Scotland, will be taking part in the “Faith and Development” conversation which may be of interest to other members:

Dates and Times: Aug 25 at 18:00
Venue: St John's Church, Princes St (Venue 127), Edinburgh, EH2 4BJ (Hall at St John's)
Ticket Prices: £5.00
“The contribution of faith-based organisations and local faith communities to the development agenda is now increasingly studied and widely debated.  Does religion help or hinder development? How should faith-based NGOs frame the work they do? What about impartiality, independence and neutrality?”
To book your ticket click here.

Buy Malawian in Edinburgh!

Don’t miss the One World Shops Fairtrade Festival marquee in Edinburgh during the Fringe!
Come around the fairtrade world within one marquee; from tasting the flavours of Malawi in the African Kitchen to discovering handmade treasures from India, to storytelling and drawing competitions in their Nepalese Kids Corner, the One World Shop Fair Trade Festival is not one to miss!

When: 11:00-17:30 daily from 8th-30th August

Where: St John’s Church – Princes Street/Lothian Road

#MzuzuCoffee now on sale in Edinburgh!

We're so excited to announce that Malawi's finest Mzuzu coffee is now on sale at The Elephant House in Edinburgh!

Pop into The Elephant House cafe on George IV Bridge and tweet us a picture of your  #MzuzuCoffee!


Information sessions for SG small grants

The SMP and NIDOS will also be running information sessions in Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh for members interested in applying for small grants funding.

The dates are as follows:  24th August (Glasgow), 26th August (Edinburgh) and 31st August (Aberdeen). The timings for the meeting will be 6p,-8pm. More information to follow shortly, however if you’re interested in attending please email

Welcome to the newest SMP member!

A very warm welcome to the newest member of the Scotland Malawi Partnership: Mission Rabies

Visit their profile page on our website and find out more!

Place: Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow
Date: 24th, 26th, 31st August
Time: 6pm-8pm

Place: St John's Church, Edinburgh
Date: 25th August
Time: 6pm

Place: Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh
Date: Wednesday 2nd September
Time: 5.30pm-7pm

Place: Glasgow
Date: Friday 4th September
Time: 4.30pm - 5.30pm

Place: Malt Shovel pub, Edinburgh
Date: Monday 7th September
Time: 5pm-7pm

Place: Edinburgh
Date: Saturday 3rd October
Time: Afternoon (TBC)

Deadline: August 14th

Deadline: not specified

Deadline: August 17th

Deadline: August 19th

Start date: September 14th
£500,000 available for Scottish-based NGO's who work in Africa and Asia.
8 funds are available for work in Malawi.
They offer a wide variety of funding schemes to support individual researchers, teams, resources, seed ideas and places.
Small grants (up to £1000) are usually oriented toward social, educational and healthcare projects but they will consider any project that will improve the welfare of Malawians or further the objectives of the Association.
Major Grants
The major grants programme awards grants in excess of £5,000. The Foundation is unfortunately unable to accept unsolicited requests for the major grants programme.

Small Grants
The small grants programme awards grants to a maximum value of £5,000. The average award is £1,500.
As of 10.30 am 14th August 2015

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Here's what caught our eye in the news this week:


Britain comments Malawi for farm input subsidy reforms
14th August

Tear gas fires as Malawi university students riot: Poly shut down
12th August

Malawi's solar power revolution starts by bringing schoolchildren out of the dark

11th August

Malawi, South Africa boost medal prospects as Fiji, Scotland and Samoa post wins
11th August

Malawi Gets ‘Serious’ About Wildlife Crime

9th August

Malawi athletes shine at Winter Games 2015

4th August

Examples of Scotland-Malawi links in the news this week:

Young Muluzi Named Scotland's 3rd Strongest Man

9th August
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