Saturday, 29 November 2014

Building the Business Relationship between Scotland and Malawi

Jeremy Roebuck
Scotland has a special link with Malawi, one of the world's poorest countries, dating back to the work of missionaries and Dr David Livingstone. For 150 years Scots have worked with the people of Malawi, helping them to develop their education and health systems. The Scottish Government heavily supports International Development within Malawi.
Humza Yousaf,

Due to this special connection between Scotland and Malawi; GROW has welcomed Jeremy Roebuck, a Lecturer at Napier University and committed volunteer consultant with GROW, to take on a new position as Scotland County  Manager. During 2015 Jeremy will expand the Scottish volunteer team from 5 to 50 to support the growing need for consultants to work virtually with Malawian businesses. 

Jeremy and GROW CEO Claire Jenkins visited Humza Yousaf, Scottish Government Minister for International Development and External Affairs to discuss the Scottish - Malawi relationship and the work that GROW Movement undertakes with Malawian businesses. 

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100 clients, a birthday party and meeting the Malawi High commissioner

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The GROW London team were welcomed to Malawi House by His Excellency Bernard Sande, the Malawi High Commissioner to the UK to celebrate 2 years of work in Malawi.

GROW volunteers heard about the Malawian Government's 'Malawian Development Strategy' and their focus on  'Sustainable Economic Development'. GROW was honoured and recognised for its importance in helping to drive the performance of Malawian entrepreneurs.  His Excellency thanked all GROW volunteers and urged them to continue even through the challenges of communication and network problems.

The evening  represented a milestone achievement with the 100th client having completed the programme. Meli Glenn, an Education consultant who worked with our 100th client, Rose, a nursery school entrepreneur in Lilongwe  was presented with an award by His Excellency.

During 2015 GROW looks forwards to expanding its working with more entrpreneurs and growing the support from the Scottish volunteers.