Malawi-Scotland Governance Webinar Series

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‘New Directions for Governance in Malawi’

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The Scotland Malawi Partnership (SMP) and our sister network in Malawi, the Malawi Scotland Partnership (MaSP), are delighted to announce a major new collaboration as part of our ‘Years of Governance Strengthening’ campaign: the sponsorship of a new 400+ page, peer reviewed publication on governance in Malawi and an accompanying eight-part high-level webinars series exploring governance strengthening.

‘Beyond Impunity: New Directions for Governance in Malawi’, edited by Kenneth R. Ross, Asiyati Lorraine Chiweza and Wapulumuka O. Mulwafu, will be commercially available in Malawi later this year, supported by the SMP. Written by 25 leading academics in Malawi, this is arguably the most comprehensive, insightful and up to date publication on this topic.

Between October 2021 and May 2022, the SMP and MaSP are co-hosting eight, high-profile, digital webinars exploring governance strengthening in Malawi. Chaired by Assoc Prof Asiyati Lorraine Chiweza, each webinar will feature one or more leading Malawian academic and governance expert, presenting their chapter(s) in this forthcoming publication. Each webinar will include a response from a leading figure in Scotland with expertise in this area, and each will include significant time for open debate and discussion, chaired by Prof Chiweza or her co-editors.

Scottish respondents include former First Ministers of Scotland Lord Jack McConnell and Lord Jim Wallace.

The names and dates of each webinar are listed below. Click here for more information and be sure to register for the webinars you wish to attend to receive joining instructions. Not every webinar has a confirmed date at this point, but these will be published and you will be able to book as these become available.

  • Webinar 1: 27th October, 12.30-2pm UK time / 1.30 – 3pm Malawi time: Governance in Malawi: An Introduction
  • Webinar 2: 30th November 2021, 1-2pm UK time / 3-4pm Malawi time: “A Decade of Governance as ‘Roving Banditry’”
  • Webinar 3: 15th December 2021, 1-2pm UK time / 3-4pm Malawi time: “Citizen Trust in Malawi”
  • Webinar 4: 26th January 2022, 1-2pm UK time / 3-4pm Malawi time: “Impunity versus Constitutional Legality”
  • Webinar 5: TBC February 2022: “Electoral Violence and Democratic Governance”
  • Webinar 6, TBC March 2022: Panel event: a) trust in election management bodies; b) violence against women in elections; c) choice of electoral systems; d) 50-50 Campaigns – Gender Equality.
  • Webinar 7, TBC April 2022: Panel event: a) Opposition in Multiparty Malawi; b) Security Sector Governance; c) Executive Supremacy and the Armed Forces
  • Webinar 8, TBC May 2022: Panel event: a) Ethnicity and Regionalism; b) Natural Resources; c) Covid-19 and Governance; d) Faith Perspectives
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We exist to help coordinate, represent and support the many people-to-people and community-to-community links between Scotland and Malawi. We are an independent, politically-neutral charity core funded by successive Scottish Governments.

 Scotland's links with Malawi date back to 1859 and the travels of Scottish explorer Dr David Livingstone.

 Today, more than 94,000 Scots and 198,000 Malawians are actively involved in community-led partnerships between our two nations.

 44.5% of Scots -almost half the country- can name a friend or family member with a connection to Malawi, making this one of the world's strongest north-south people-to-people links. 

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