The University of Edinburgh has published a new report looking at the scale and impact of the 155 special friendship between Scotland and Malawi.
10,000 more Scots are now actively involved in dignified two-way partnerships, compared to the previous study published in 2010.
The University found that 94,000 Scots and 198,000 Malawians are working together each year through people to people links, with more than £40 million each year in financial and in-kind support for these partnerships coming from communities around Scotland.
In total, the University of Edinburgh estimates more than 2 million Malawians and 300,000 Scots benefit from these two-way partnerships each year.
Dr Gerhard Anders, who wrote the report, said: “The Scotland Malawi Partnership plays a key role in shaping the relationship between the two countries.
“Its members contribute to sustainable development in Malawi where at least 2 million people have benefitted last year from Scottish initiatives.”
David Hope-Jones, Principal Officer for the Scotland Malawi Partnership said: “It’s fantastic to see just how many Scots and Malawians are involved in the partnership, volunteering their time, energy and expertise.
“We’re yet to hear of any comparable people to people north-south relationship anywhere in the world – it really is a unique bilateral relationship, in scale, reach and impact.”
The Scotland Malawi Partnership is the umbrella organisation which exists to inspire the people and organisations of Scotland to be involved with Malawi in an informed, coordinated and effective way so that both nations benefit.
Dr Gerhard Anders is a Lecturer in African Studies and International Development at the School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh.
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