Suraj, a young man from Afghanistan, lost his legs in 2003 after stumbling upon an old cluster bomb left in a park. Although he was able to recover, living with a disability presents an extra challenge in his daily life. It is one of MCIC’s priorities to fund development projects that include the participation of people with disabilities. Photo: Alison Locke.
MCIC administers the Manitoba Government Matching Grant Program (MGMGP), which funds projects in many parts of Africa, Asia and Latin America. These projects address a wide range of issues, such as education, literacy, job creation, agriculture, the environment, micro-enterprise business development and health.
Last year, MCIC member agencies raised over $26.8 million in Manitoba for their international development work, and each year MCIC disburses $1 million from the Government of Manitoba for our members’ overseas projects through the MGMGP.
MCIC defines development as a long-term process promoting community involvement in designing strategies to correct and improve chronic and structural problems in all areas of individual and community life. The majority of the MGMGP funds are used for this purpose. MCIC supports development projects that include our Development Principles. MCIC adopted new Development Principles in January 2013.
These are our new Development Principles:
- Respect and promote human rights and justice
- Embody gender equality and equity while promoting women and girls’ rights
- Focus on people’s empowerment, democratic ownership and participation
- Promote Environmental Sustainability
- Practice transparency and accountability
- Pursue equitable partnerships and solidarity
- Create and share knowledge and commit to mutual learning
- Commit to realizing positive sustainable change
The MGMGP grants are distributed through four funds: the Development Fund, the Theme Fund, the Community Solidarity Fund and the Relief and Rehabilitation Fund.
The Development Fund supports projects that improve all areas of individual and community life in the Global South. Through the work of MCIC member agencies and their local partners, these projects are part of a long-term development process, rooted in a commitment to empowerment and self-determination for all peoples.
Market-Led Improved Livelihoods in Eastern Amhara Region
| Country: Ethiopia | Amount: $7,633 | Funded in 2014-15
The project seeks to utilize a market-led approach to improve the livelihoods and food security for 8,000 smallholder farmer households (40,000 beneficiaries) in Eastern Amhara Region. MCIC funding will go towards the training of forty government specialists and development agents, and over 100 Cooperative members on business skills, marketing and agricultural business management.
The Theme Fund encourages MCIC member agencies to take a broader view of development projects by responding to current issues of international concern.
MCIC’s Theme Fund for the fiscal years 2016-17 and 2017-18 is entitled: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Creating Opportunities for Migrant Populations.
Poverty, environmental degradation, and conflict have led to the largest movement in history of internal and external migrants. Rural populations are migrating to urban and peri-urban areas in their own countries or globally in the hope of finding employment and a better life. This MGMGP Theme Fund offers a chance to pilot highly innovative development projects in the Global South with a strong gender component that reduce vulnerabilities and create opportunities for migrants.
Deadline for applications is January 31st, 2017.
St. Camille Tokan Care Centre Women’s Dormitory
Cuso International | Country: Benin | Amount: $20,000 | Funded in 2014-15
The Project seeks to build a full service care center including an out-patient clinic and 8 dormitories for a target of 2,400 people with mental disabilities.
The Community Solidarity Fund provides funding to Manitoba not-for-profit, community-based groups involved in development projects overseas. The fund is available to non-member and MCIC affiliate members and provides another way to help Manitobans work together with partners around the world.
Taking Teacher Training to the Villages
St. Paul’s College | Country: India | Amount: $5,000 | Funded in 2014-15
The project is a partnership with the Loreto Day School Sealdah to provide teacher training to a thousand teachers in remote villages of West Bengal, India that is specifically tailored to their surrounding environment.
The Relief and Rehabilitation Fund helps MCIC member agencies support communities as they respond to the effects of disasters. Funded projects are often part of collaborative international relief efforts.
Supporting the Needs of Women and Children Affected by the Ebola Crisis in West Africa
UNICEF Canada - Prairie Region | Country: Liberia | Amount: $70,000 | Funded in 2014-15
The project seeks to support UNICEF’s efforts to stop, treat and respond to the Ebola outbreak by providing medical and essential supplies and training, implementing social mobilization activities, ensuring access to essential services (including health, nutrition, water and sanitation) and reinforcing prevention and preparedness activities in at risk West African countries. _ Photo: A woman helps a young boy wash his hands in disinfecting chlorine solution, at their home in Conakry, Guinea. Credit: © UNICEF/NYHQ2015-0083/UNMEER Martine Perret Photographer: UNMEER Martine Perret_