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.
Burundi Project, Phase II
| Country: Burundi | Amount: $9,970 | Funded in 2010/2011
Burundi Project, Phase II will construct a youth centre that will provide fifty war-affected youth with a home, food, education and training. The youth will be trained in small income-generating activities to help them eventually become self-sustaining within their communities.
Capacity Building for Indigenous Rights
United Church of Canada | Country: Peru, Philippines | Amount: $29,213 | Funded in 2010/2011
In its Capacity Building for Indigenous Rights project, the UCC seeks to improve the capacity of communities in Peru and Philippines to mobilize members to understand human rights and engage local governments in healthy collaboration.
Children’s Book Project
CODE | Country: Tanzania | Amount: $8,280 | Funded in 2010/2011
The Children’s Book Project will provide Tanzanian children with a sustainable learning environment and ensure development through education that empowers children to learn. This will ultimately result in a brighter future for children, their families and the community as a whole.
Community Development & Civic Participation
| Country: Nicaragua | Amount: $7,310 | Funded in 2010/2011
NCF’s Community Development & Civic Participation project contributes to sustainable economic development through the promotion of community-based ecotourism and strengthens rural agricultural communities by improving local participation in decision-making and by increasing local food security.
Conservation & Transformation of Garden Produce
Crossroads International | Country: Niger | Amount: $1,536 | Funded in 2010/2011
The Conservation & Transformation of Garden Produce project will support the training of three groups of women gardeners in Niger, enabling them to make better use of what they grow in their collective garden sites, and thereby contributing to their food security.
Developing the Plum Subsector in Protected Dry Forest Areas
Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) | Country: Peru | Amount: $20,000 | Funded in 2010/2011
In Developing the Plum Subsector in Protected Dry Forest Areas, MEDA is working in the Tumbes National Mangrove Sanctuary in Peru to improve the productivity and quality of plum production and the marketing of value-added products such as jams and juices by small-holder farmers and their associations.
Economic Growth and Food Security Project
Co-operative Development Foundation | Country: Colombia | Amount: $17,897 | Funded in 2010/2011
CDF’s Economic Growth and Food Security Project in Colombia will help farmers to plan and grow substitute crops for coca using market analysis, business planning and co-operative development.
Education is Our Future
Canadian Humanitarian | Country: Ethiopia | Amount: $7,704 | Funded in 2010/2011
The Education is Our Future project is designed to provide training in three vocations: metalworking, woodworking and hairdressing. Sixty young adults will gain the skills and experience needed to obtain meaningful employment, as these vocations are in high demand.
Enhancing Livelihood Opportunities
Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund | Country: Sri Lanka | Amount: $16,316 | Funded in 2010/2011
Enhancing Livelihood Opportunities will facilitate resettlement of returnee families in their original villages of Mannar District of Sri Lanka, enhancing their livelihood opportunities through improved local agricultural infrastructure, capacity building and the promotion of ecological agriculture.
Farmer’s First Project
Canadian Physicians for Aid & Relief | Country: Tanzania | Amount: $12,745 | Funded in 2010/2011
The Farmer’s First project supports vulnerable households, with a focus on women-headed households and those affected by HIV. This project will work on improving their food security while managing their natural resources sustainably.