On November 15th, the Malawi Cross Party Group met in the Scottish Parliament to discuss the Scottish Government's Malawi Development Programme.
We were delighted to be joined by Dr Alasdair Allan MSP, Minister for International Development and Europe, who spoke on the unique relationship between Scotland and Malawi. He answered questions on the current funding round, how the government is working with the private sector on funding opportunities and the Scottish Government's approach to development assistance.
Claire Tynte-Irvine, Head of the International Division of the Scottish Government, and Ian Nicol, Malawi Development Programme Manager, spoke in more detail on the International Development Strategy and the current round of the Malawi Development Programme. The changes to the structure of the International Development Fund were outlined, along with variations to the criteria for this particular round.
The CPG also heard from two Scottish Government funded projects in Malawi. James Wells and Cat Rawlinson-Watkins from EMMS International spoke on their work training nurses and also responding to the food shortages of 2016. Fidelma Beagan from First Aid Africa spoke on the support they have had from the Scottish Government enabling them to innovate with technology in building capacity to respond to medical emergencies.
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