Scotland and Malawi are bonded by thousands of community-to-community, family-to-family and people-to-people links.


It is a relationship underpinned by mutual understanding and respect. We believe this is a new and exciting model of international cooperation and a powerful force for change.

The friendship between Scots and Malawians began in 1859, with the warm welcome extended to David Livingstone and his companions when he entered what is now Malawi for the first time.

After the establishment of the Scottish Parliament in 1999, a new Scottish international development strategy was created, with a particular focus on the relationship between Scotland and Malawi.

Since then the Scotland-Malawi Partnership has helped hundreds of new relationships between Scotland and Malawi bloom. In education, medicine, government, charity and business, new bilateral ties have sprung up all over Scotland and Malawi.

The Scottish Government’s Climate Justice Fund is just one example of the Scottish Government’s commitment to helping Malawi tackle problems with access to food, water and energy. The University of Strathclyde Malawi Renewable Energy Acceleration Programme has lead the way in helping advance the growth of renewable energy in Malawi.

In June 2018 Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and President Peter Mutharika of Malawi, signed a new joint commitment to cooperate on health, education, human rights, governance and social enterprise.

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We want Scotland to be part of our story.
Professor Peter Mutharika, President of Malawi