The SMP's Health Forum came together on October 31st for a focused meeting around the upcoming Scottish Government's Malawi Development Programme funding round.
The Scottish Government announced its Malawi Development Programme 2018-2023 call for applications on 3rd November. In anticipation of this announcement we used this forum to support networking, sharing and collaboration between those potentially interested in developing an application.
We were delighted to welcome 35 members and interested individuals to the meeting at the Edinburgh City Chambers, including two remote participants. The meeting was divided into three main sections (Agenda).
We used the latest technology to put Malawian input front and centre of our meeting. In advance of the day, our sister network the Malawi Scotland Partnership asked six key stakeholders to talk about health priorities from their perspective. These videos can be viewed below and a one-page summary downloaded here >>
In addition, these stakeholders were available via WhatsApp at the time of the meeting; questions from the group in Edinburgh were sent across to Malawi and the answers compiled and shared at the end of the meeting.
The compiled questions and answers are available here >>
All potential applicants were also encouraged to familiarise themselves with these two key Malawian government policy documents: the Malawi Health Sector Strategic Plan II and the Malawi National Community Health Strategy.
A panel of previously SG-funded health projects fed in their experience and learning to help inform new applications. Discussions were focused around three key areas: applications; grant management and reporting; and project sustainability. We were grateful to all the participants for their honest and practical advice.
Sharing of developing plans and ideas
The final part of the meeting was a space, for those that choose to, to share information about developing or aspiring ideas for new or extended work.
If you did not complete a form about potential project applications, you can still do so here >>
Download a list of public projects for collaboration here >>
The Malawi Scotland Partnership is coordinating a similar Health strand meeting in Malawi on 13th November in Lilongwe. All SMP members and their partners in Malawi are warmly welcomed.
Find the MaSP Invitation letter here >>
We would like to thank all participants for an open, interesting and educational meeting, all sharing and learning together in the spirit of the network.
Malawi Strand Meetings
This meeting will be followed by four more similar meetings across the priority areas in the Scotland Malawi Cooperation Agreement, scheduled in the first two weeks of November:
Sustainable Economic Development - 9th November, 2.30pm-4.30pm, SFTF offices, Glasgow
Civic governance - 13th November, 2pm-4pm, SCVO offices, Glasgow
Education - 16th November, 2pm-4pm, Edinburgh City Chambers
Renewable energy, water and climate - 16th November, 4.30pm-6.30pm, Edinburgh City Chambers
We are working closely with the Scottish Fair Trade Forum and the Alliance for International Development on all our work and support in this space.
If you have any suggestions or ideas of what more the SMP can do to support those developing applications, especially in the key period between call and deadline for concept notes, please do email Kathy. We’re here to help!