About Us

Malawian Initiative for National Development (MIND) is an international development organisation. It was founded by Malawians In Aberdeen (MIA), an association of Malawians in the northeast of Scotland, in summer of 2007.

MIND UK’s main areas of focus are: adaptation of the successful MIND approach and models for programme implementation among diaspora communities in the UK, advocacy for development led by MIND and fund raising for MIND programmes in Malawi.

Strategic Areas

MIND will implement projects in these areas through partnerships with Malawi Government, NGOs and CBOs that will be based on shared values, vision and Ideas.

Trade and Investment

Trade and Investment

MIND will promote trade in UK and across nations to contribute to build Malawi’s economy. The Malawi Trade and Investment Centre provides a one – stop service and can process all your needs in five days for you to start up business in Malawi.

The Malawi Government offers opportunities for domestic and international businesses with a portfolio of investment projects in several sectors including Agriculture, Agro-processing, Manufacturing, Tourism, Energy, ICT and Transport among others.

Environment Development

Environment Development

Work with Universities in Scotland (Strathclyde; University of West Scotland) to support solar energy in schools in Malawi

Capacity building to train District environmental sub-committees and the Youth to carry out environmental supervision to comply to environmental standards and Environmental awareness campaigns to conserve the environment

MIND will work through partners in Malawi to monitor environmental screenings in Malawi.



MIND will support Educational institutions in Malawi through sending Volunteer Teachers to develop and enhance the capacity of teachers in Malawi.

MIND will support schools in both rural and peri-urban areas to set-up/build Learning Resource centres, stock resource centres with educational books and computers where possible to enhance learning by pupils.



MIND will raise funds to support Professional volunteers in the UK to provide support to identified Health institutions in Malawi. Volunteers will be both Malawi Health professional in the UK, and UK Health professional.

Economic Development

Economic Development

MIND will support skills development by school leavers and school Drop-outs, Boys and Girls with disabilities who are unemployed looking for employable skills.

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Our Team

Our Partners

Our Work

MIND was awarded  Covid-19 grant in October 2020 to support activities targeting the BAME community in Scotland by Next Step Initiative and the proposal included capacity building (training and equipment – iPad and laptops), Mental Health awareness (website development [https://bame.mind-uk.org] and production and translation of mental health information leaflet into 5 languages).

MIND  developed working partnerships with the Scottish government, Volunteer Services Overseas (VSO), the Diaspora Volunteering Alliance (an alliance of 14 Diaspora Volunteering Organisations in the UK linked with VSO), the Scotland-Malawi Partnership (SMP) and the Malawi government.

Needs Assessment was done in Malawi; a skills audit was carried out amongst Malawians living in the UK. The research confirmed not only that there is a huge and wide range of available expertise, but also willingness amongst Malawians to return to Malawi to undertake various tasks on a voluntary basis. The research was funded by DFID and supported by VSO.

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Contact Info

We'd love to hear from you. If you have questions or would like to know more about our projects or how you can contribute to our cause, feel free to contact us.

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