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.
Access to Credit Unions for Communities to Promote Sustainable Development
Co-operative Development Foundation | Country: Sierra Leone | Amount: $17,351 | Funded in 2018-2019
This project will support financial inclusion by strengthening existing credit unions, while also promoting increased membership and new credit unions. It will modernize products and services and build the capacity of management and governance.
Bridging Rural Information Dissemination
WUSC - World University Service of Canada | Country: Ghana | Amount: $27,275 | Funded in 2018-2019
This project will enable rural women raising guinea fowl to access quality information, training and services to grow their business, access markets and increase incomes. The project includes a 12-week interactive radio program alongside capacity building on women’s economic inclusion.
Construction of Staff Quarters and Fencing for Chirasauta Clinic
Canadian Multicultural Disability Centre | Country: Zimbabwe | Amount: $9,971 | Funded in 2018-2019
This project will build staff quarters and fence the perimeter of the clinic in Chirasauta. The clinic provides primary care for pregnant women and babies and assists people suffering from long-term illnesses such as HIV.
El Shaddai Community Centre Post-Earthquake Construction Project
EMAS Canada | Country: Haiti | Amount: $27,257 | Funded in 2018-2019
This project will help build safe buildings and teach workers hurricane and earthquake-resistant construction techniques for a variety of building types. It will create employment and economic stimulus for the neighbourhood through wages for workers and the purchase of construction materials.
Embedding Gender, Environmental Sustainability and Government Inclusion Through Sanitation Marketing
IDE Canada | Country: Ghana | Amount: $46,571 | Funded in 2018-2019
This project will embed gender equality, environmental sustainability and local government participation into a WASH project that will facilitate the sale of 24,000 latrines in Northern Ghana, impacting over 300,000 Ghanaians.
Empowering Youth to Break the Cycle of Poverty
Canadian Humanitarian | Country: Ethiopia | Amount: $11,270 | Funded in 2018-2019
This project will help break the cycle of poverty by empowering orphans and vulnerable children through education and support. It will use a “Holistic Child Centered Network” model to promote emotional and physical development — providing more than just education and a hot meal, it will ensure children can grow well.
Enhancing Nutrition Services to Improve Maternal Health
World Vision Canada | Country: Bangladesh, Kenya, Myanmar, Pakistan, Tanzania | Amount: $130,000 | Funded in 2018-2019
This project will reduce maternal and child mortality through: improved gender-responsive essential health and nutrition services; increased production and consumption of bio-fortified crops; and strengthened governance, policy and public engagement of maternal, newborn and child health in Canada and project countries.
Ensuring Democracy, Accountability and Rights for the Poorest: Strengthening Women’s Rights
Inter Pares | Country: Bangladesh | Amount: $9,280 | Funded in 2018-2019
This project will help village-level groups of poor women and men exercise their rights as citizens through gender focused, rights-based training. The project will mobilize landless groups to take collective action on issues such as violence against women, women’s access to services and women’s participation in governance.
Extending Fatima School from Grade 9 to Grade 10
Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan | Country: Afghanistan | Amount: $3,140 | Funded in 2018-2019
This project will provide quality education to vulnerable girls in the district of Kabul. It will expand the Fatima Tul Zahra Girls’ School from Grade 9 to Grade 10, allowing dozens of girls to continue their education. Fatima School educates and empowers girls from unstable and poverty stricken families, internally displaced families and single parent households.
Improved Learning and Living Environment for Vulnerable, At-risk Girls
ADRA Canada | Country: Thailand | Amount: $9,136 | Funded in 2018-2019
This project will provide improved living and learning facilities to girls at the Keep Girls Safe shelter in Chiang Rai province. It will improve access to educational resources and learning opportunities, as well as increase health and hygiene standards.