Collaborative work between Scotland and Malawi continues to grow with the announcement of an £11 million fund from the Scottish Government to support local projects in Malawi focused on health, education, economic development and renewable energy.
11 projects are being funded through the 2018-2023 Malawi Development Programme run by:
- Chance for Change
- Challenges Worldwide
- Globals Concerns Trust
- Mary’s Meals
- NHS Tayside
- St John Scotland
- Sense Scotland
- University of Edinburgh
- University of Glasgow
- University of Strathclyde
- Water Aid
Ben Macpherson, International Development Minister in the Scottish Government said:
“Working in collaboration with the people of Malawi, our focus is to assist the most vulnerable communities in improving their health and education systems, as well as achieving long-term sustainable economic development.
“This funding will allow partner agencies to deliver tangible benefits to the people of Malawi, and reflects the enduring special relationship between our two nations.”
Kenneth R. Ross OBE, Chair of the Scotland Malawi Partnership, said:
“Scottish organisations working with Malawian counterparts are making a distinctive contribution to countering poverty and meeting the challenge of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
“The Scottish Government grants announced today will significantly strengthen this effort and are much to be welcomed.”
Malawi is one of the least developed countries of the world and has 85% of its population in rural areas. Its economy is based on agriculture and very few have access to grid electricity. Renewable energy (solar) with small scale projects is a way to improve access.
The following video illustrates how some talented Malawian engineers are addressing the issue of access to electricity.
Reporter: Fiona Grahame