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.
Adolescent Livelihood Opportunities
USC Canada | Country: Bangladesh | Amount: $22,704 | Funded in 2014-15
The project seeks to support 9,977 (4,363 M/ 5,614 F) direct beneficiaries in income generation activities through ecological farming in Northern Bangladesh. It hopes to establish sixteen Adolescent Resource Centers serving fifty villages to facilitate seed bank management, technical assistance and intergenerational knowledge transfer.
Andean Regional Initiative
WUSC - World University Service of Canada | Country: Peru | Amount: $17,324 | Funded in 2014-15
The project aims to improve the well-being of marginalized populations - particularly women and Indigenous peoples in the Huarmey Municipality of Peru by providing extensive training and capacity building to municipal authorities, civil society members and community leaders.
Building a Clinic in the Chirasauta Community
Canadian Multicultural Disability Centre | Country: Zimbabwe | Amount: $7,651 | Funded in 2014-15
The project seeks to lead to reduced infant mortality and morbidity rates through the construction of a clinic in Chirasauta, an impoverished rural area in Zimbabwe. The clinic will have five structures, including a maternity ward to cater to the medical needs of the community.
Building Sustainable Livelihoods in Malawi
Presbyterian World Service & Development | Country: Malawi | Amount: $11,877 | Funded in 2014-15
The program seeks to equip 740 households in Southern and Northern Malawi with opportunities to build sustainable livelihoods through Self Help and Volunteer Care groups. MCIC funding will go towards continued support for implementing program activities such as vocational skills, education, savings/ financial management, awareness of maternal and child health services and WASH in Blantyre and Ekwendeni Districts.
El Shaddai Community Center
EMAS Canada | Country: Haiti | Amount: $23,485 | Funded in 2014-15
This is an educational construction project that seeks to contribute to the teaching of hurricane and earthquake resistant buildings and provides the local community with employment opportunities leading to an economic stimulus.
Enabling Local Ownership for Development
Inter Pares | Country: Colombia | Amount: $8,065 | Funded in 2014-15
The project seeks to collaborate with Project Counselling Service (PCS) to strengthen its overall institutional effectiveness and its “Latinamericanization” process which advocates on behalf of the region’s citizens, provides capacity building support to local counterparts and fosters mutual learning processes that enable knowledge sharing.
Facilitating Informed and Considered Refugee Return
Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund | Country: India | Amount: $14,709 | Funded in 2014-15
The project seeks to assist a target of 65,593 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees living in refugee camps in Tamilnadu, India, in negotiating for favorable policies for refugee return and an informed and considered return to their homeland.
Financial Inclusion through Community Partnerships
Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) | Country: Uganda | Amount: $30,000 | Funded in 2014-15
The project aims to promote savings mobilization by targeting 15,915 group members of informal rural savings groups through mobile channels to accessing formal banks. MCIC funding will go toward activities that strengthen the uptake of the product such as delivering mobile financial education curriculum.
Food and Agricultural Assistance in Sasha and Mubimbi IDP Camps
Mennonite Central Committee Manitoba | Country: Congo (DR) | Amount: $120,000 | Funded in 2014-15
The project seeks to provide food, seeds, tools and agricultural training to 3,084 people (514 families) living in Shasha (218 households) and Mubimbi (296 households) IDP camps in DRC chosen due to their comparable high levels of need. MCIC funds will be used toward the procurement of food essentials and capital goods.
Food Security through Co-operatives in Northern Ghana
Co-operative Development Foundation | Country: Ghana | Amount: $22,436 | Funded in 2014-15
The project goal is to increase sustainable, gender equitable food security for over 42,000 small holder farmers in 8 districts of Northern Ghana. It hopes to build the capacity of the farmers as members of agricultural co-operatives and credit unions by providing technical assistance, entrepreneurship training and microfinance products available only for women.