The Global Goals

The Scotland Malawi Partnership is proud to be part of The Global Goals, the world-wide campaign to promote the UN's Sustainable Development Goals


From 25 September 2015 the Sustainable Development Goals are guiding all international development, in the global south and the global north.

To succeed, they must be underpinned by a spirit of DIGNIFIED PARTNERSHIP and CIVIC ACTIVISM, as we see between Scotland and Malawi.

To learn more about the SDGs, visit the Global Goals website

To see our UN "Dizzy Goal" click here!


Our 1,000+ members are already working to help implement each of the 17 Global Goals. 


Scroll down and click on a Goal below to read an inspiring case study from the SMP membership.


And it's not just our members, here are a few familiar faces who are keen to share their own Scotland-Malawi partnerships to help promote the Global Goals.








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First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon with Hellen Kayira and Eneya Msukwa who attend school in Karonga in Malawi through support from Tearfund, promote Goal 5 "Gender equality".

Nicola Sturgeon, said: "Scotland was one of the first nations in the world to publically sign up to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, providing international leadership on reducing inequality and tackling poverty. 

"The goals offer a vision of the world that I believe people in Scotland share.  Many of them chime with what we are already doing to tackle poverty and inequality, not just here but also globally. 

"Scotland is a good global citizen, committed to contributing to the international community, opening up horizons and having a positive influence across the globe.

"From the start of our international development programme we have worked in partnership with Malawi.  Our Malawi Development Programme funds a number of projects which will contribute to achieving the Goals, from achieving gender equality to combatting climate change."



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Secretary of State for Scotland, David Mundell, with Memory Khwiya, who works in Malawi for CUMO Microfinance Limited, promote Goal 8 "Decent work and economic growth".

Mr Mundell said, "The new Global Goals are a tremendous opportunity to tackle some of the world's most difficult problems.

"Sustained and inclusive economic growth is critical for countries like Malawi to escape poverty for good. With help from the UK, farmers are increasing their yields and linking them to profitable markets, and supporting value addition through processing in country will be an important part of Malawi's growth strategy.

"This can only be achieved through a more certain policy environment, and better access to cheaper finance, energy, and transport. The UK's Department for International Development is striving to support Malawi take advantage of this opportunity, with a view to creating decent jobs for all, and a permanent exit from poverty."

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Lord McConnell, former First Minister, with friend Monica Dzonzi, Unicef Youth Ambassador for Malawi, promoting Goal 4, "Quality education".

Mr McConnell said, "Monica is one of many inspirational people I have met through the Scotland Malawi Partnership. Her centre in Blantyre, Malawi is changing young lives.

"Education has been central to the partnership over the past decade and education remains the best route out of poverty for young people in Malawi and of course in Scotland. That is why the fourth Global Goal: Quality Education for all, is so important to me."

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Grant Shapps, UK Minister of State for International Development, and Usizi Jere of Solaraid in Malawi, promoting Goal 7 "Affordable and clean energy".

Mr Shapps said, "The new Global Goals are a historic opportunity to end extreme poverty once and for all.

"Britain's strong relationship with Malawi is making a huge difference: we are creating the jobs, growth and life chances people need to build a safer and more prosperous future for themselves.

"Too often the poorest are still held back by a lack of everyday necessities, such as access to healthcare, education or even a decent and reliable power supply. That is why the UK has pushed for a set of goals which address the very root cause of these problems, including access to affordable and renewable energy. This is not only the right thing to do, it is also in Britain's national interest as we helping to create new markets that our businesses can compete in or tackling the root cause of problems like climate change which would otherwise pose a major risk."


Click on a Goal below to read an inspiring case study from the SMP membership.

Goal 1 - No Poverty

No Poverty
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Goal 2 - No Hunger

No Hunger
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Goal 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Good Health
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Goal 4 - Quality Education

Quality Education
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Goal 5 - Gender Equality

Gender Equality
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Goal 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation

Clean Water and Sanitation
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Goal 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

Clean Energy
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Goal 8 - Good Jobs and Economic Growth

Good Jobs and Economic Growth
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Goal 9 - Innovation and Infrastructure

Innovation and Infrastructure
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Goal 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Reduced Inequalities
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Goal 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Sustainable Cities and Communities
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Goal 12 - Responsible Consumption

Responsible Consumption
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Goal 13 - Climate Action

Climate Action
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Goal 14 - Life Below Water

Life Below Water
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Goal 15 - Life on Land

Life on Land
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Goal 16 - Peace and Justice

Peace and Justice
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Goal 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Partnerships for the Goals
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