A Just World: 2017-2018 Annual Report
Posted June 13th 2018
This has been an exciting year of change and growth for MCIC and the international development sector, with many initiatives coming to fruition and others just beginning to take root.
Nationally, Global Affairs Canada announced a new Feminist International Assistance Policy in June, followed by a Policy for Civil Society Partnerships for International Assistance – A Feminist Approach.
Over the past year we’ve started to see how things will be done differently using this lens and we’re encouraged by the focus on gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. Global Affairs has also reached out for increased input from its partners on how to improve their effectiveness.
In May, we were thrilled when the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, announced $100 million for a five-year pilot for Small and Medium Organizations (SMOs). The Inter-Council Network (ICN) has advocated this for a number of years. MCIC, on behalf of the ICN, will manage a national Fund for Innovation and Transformation (FIT) as part of this pilot. FIT will allow Canadian SMOs to test innovative ideas and compare effectiveness to existing practices. We look forward to sharing more information on this initiative as it progresses.
Our connection to other national partners remains strong. MCIC brings a Manitoba perspective to the national boards of the Canadian Council for International Cooperation and Fairtrade Canada. We are also actively involved with the ICN and the Canadian Fair Trade Network.
Provincially, thanks to the Government of Manitoba, we continue to support our members’ international projects through the Manitoba Government Matching Grant Program. This year, $1.2 million funded 54 projects in 30 countries. In addition, our members raised $24.9 million in Manitoba for their international work. We appreciate the connections we’ve built with our members and their continued presence in Manitoba. We were delighted to grow our network by welcoming a new member, the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada, this year.
Our work to engage Manitobans on international issues is also thriving. We continue to be a leader in the Canadian fair trade movement, with two Manitoba cities becoming Fair Trade Towns this year. We were especially pleased when Winnipeg became the 25th Fair Trade Town in Canada and 2000th in the world. We can now say that 62% of Manitobans live in a Fair Trade Town! In February, we launched Sustainable Foundations: A Guide for Teaching the Sustainable Development Goals. We value the financial support we receive from both Global Affairs Canada and Manitoba Education and Training for our public engagement programs.
This year, MCIC developed a new five-year strategic plan, which the Board approved in January. Part of the process included creating our new vision for “A Just World” and a revised mission statement.
As MCIC moves forward in these refreshed directions, we are grounded by the strength of our dedicated and engaged Board members and our creative and enthusiastic staff team. We look forward to continuing our growth next year, expanding our reach and impact even further to create a more just world for everyone.