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.
Stabilizing Food Security & Enhancing Livelihoods
| Country: Zimbabwe | Amount: $7,631 | Funded in 2011/2012
The Stabilizing Food Security & Enhancing Livelihoods project strengthens vulnerable households affected by HIV/AIDS and food insecurity by improving their capacity to earn sustainable livelihoods. The needs of 6,000 children, women and men are met through this program.
Strengthen Democratic Processes that Support Poverty Reduction with an Environmental & Gender Focus
Canadian Lutheran World Relief | Country: India | Amount: $35,620 | Funded in 2011/2012
CLWR will Strengthen Democratic Processes that Support Poverty Reduction with an Environmental & Gender Focus with the training of leaders in a range of development activities related to food security, health, education and income generation in 170 communities in India.
Supporting Systems to Achieve Improved Nutrition, Maternal, Newborn & Child Health
World Vision Canada | Country: Tanzania | Amount: $120,000 | Funded in 2011/2012
This project is Supporting Systems to Achieve Improved Nutrition, Maternal, Newborn & Child Health. It seeks to strengthen the health system and empower community members to take action to improve delivery and utilization of essential health and nutrition interventions for mothers and children.
Sustainable Microfinance Services & Micro- Enterprise Promotion through Women-Managed Cooperatives
Co-operative Development Foundation | Country: Nepal | Amount: $15,332 | Funded in 2011/2012
This community economic development project, Sustainable Microfinance Services & Micro- Enterprise Promotion through Women-Managed Cooperative Societies, will increase women’s access to sustainable financial services, thus decreasing economic vulnerability and poverty in Nepal.
Theatre: An Essential Tool for Human & Community Development
Osu Children’s Library Fund | Country: Ghana | Amount: $8,268 | Funded in 2011/2012
Theatre: An Essential Tool for Human & Community Development is promoting development at the community level in Ghana via the use of theatre. This project enhances the outreach of this work which began five years ago and will encourage the efforts of other theatre groups.
Village Agriculture program
HOPE International Development Agency | Country: Afghanistan | Amount: $11,129 | Funded in 2011/2012
Through the Village Agriculture program, HOPE is working with communities in Kunduz province to increase agricultural resilience through community managed seed centres, improved infrastructure, and tree planting. This will improve household food consumption in a time of need.
Addressing Over-Exploitation of Fishery Resources
Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) | Country: Peru | Amount: $19,585 | Funded in 2010/2011
In Addressing Over-Exploitation of Fishery Resources, MEDA is focusing on the Tumbes National Mangrove Sanctuary in Peru. Small-scale extractors of threatened crab species are transitioning their livelihoods into sustainable shrimp harvesting in the mangrove buffer zones.
USC Canada | Country: Nepal | Amount: $8,225 | Funded in 2010/2011
USC’s Agro-Biodiversity Project is working in a fragile but resilient high Himalayan environment toward securing local seed stocks, rebuilding degraded soil and biodiversity resources, and reaching out with sustainable agriculture support to all farming communities, thereby reducing hunger and environmental deterioration.
WUSC - World University Service of Canada | Country: Malawi | Amount: $10,000 | Funded in 2010/2011
WUSC’s Bike for Aid project distributes bikes and bike ambulances to community-based organizations that provide home-based care, counselling and testing, prevention, outreach, and transportation services for HIV/AIDS patients in Malawi. This pilot project will focus on income generating activities that will pay for urgently-needed bike repairs.
Building an “Universal Design” Accessible School in the Rural Community of Chirasauta
Canadian Multicultural Disability Centre | Country: Zimbabwe | Amount: $6,828 | Funded in 2010/2011
This project is Building an “Universal Design” Accessible School in the Rural Community of Chirasauta, Zimbabwe that will accommodate students with disabilities and those from low-income families. Access to quality education is an essential step toward the elimination of poverty and hunger, and the empowerment of marginalized communities.