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Scottish aid work worth £30m to Malawi

Overcrowded hospital in Malawi
Image caption The money has helped to improve all aspects of Malawian life, including health

Scottish aid work in the African state of Malawi benefited its economy by £30m in the past year, new research has suggested.

That is about 10 times the amount of Scottish government funding allocated for projects there in the same period.

This was done under an "agreement of co-operation" signed by the two countries five years ago this week.

The former Labour government gave money for projects to bid into and the budget has since been doubled by the SNP.

Malawi remains one of the world's poorest and least-developed countries.

Five years ago the then first minister Jack McConnell set out to change that and the Scotland Malawi partnership was created.

In five years, £13 million has gone into 207 diverse schemes to improve all aspects of Malawian life including education, health, trade and public administration.

But new research by the University of Edinburgh has said the value of Scotland's support - in cash and in kind - is much greater - an estimated £30m in the past year alone, touching the lives of about 1.3 million Malawians.

Last weekend the Scottish government announced funding to help up to 1,000 women in Malawi become teachers.

A total of £400,000 will be provided over three years from the International Development Fund.

The project is part of the Teacher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa (Tessa) programme.

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