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.
Raising Voices and Lifting Lives through Music
Make Music Matter | Country: Rwanda | Amount: $2,461 | Funded in 2018-2019
This project will use music production to educate Rwandan youth and communities about the health risks of HIV/AIDS and how to prevent its spread. Through original songs created by local youth, the project will help create a physically and emotionally healthy community, fostering positive sustainable development.
Reading Liberia 20/20
CODE | Country: Liberia | Amount: $9,946 | Funded in 2018-2019
This project will improve learning outcomes for boys and girls in Liberia by creating and publishing books that support the national curriculum. The project aims to inspire imagination, develop a habit of reading and nurture learning.
Reading to Babies Campaign
Osu Children’s Library Fund | Country: Ghana | Amount: $8,854 | Funded in 2018-2019
An Osu Children’s Library Fund librarian from the village of Goi recently initiated a Reading to Babies workshop for mothers in partnership with a public health baby clinic. This project will follow the initial group of mothers and extend the campaign to five other rural communities, and possibly to Accra.
Reducing Climate Change Vulnerabilities by Promoting Local Knowledge
Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund | Country: Bangladesh | Amount: $17,272 | Funded in 2018-2019
This project will use community knowledge to identify and promote tolerant seeds and livestock in ten villages from three disaster-prone zones. It will also promote bamboo binding and mangrove regeneration within the broader context of agro-ecology.
Reinforcing Resilience of Young Women in Bauchi State
Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) | Country: Nigeria | Amount: $95,000 | Funded in 2018-2019
This project will improve of the environment for young women to enter the market system. It will strengthen their community support and resilience and will develop new business opportunities through targeted smart incentives.
Southern African Nutrition Initiative
CARE Canada | Country: Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique | Amount: $17,917 | Funded in 2018-2019
This project will work with mothers, families, communities and health authorities to provide the knowledge, tools and resources they need to combat malnutrition, now and in the future.
Strengthening Maternal, Newborn and Child Health
Mennonite Central Committee Manitoba | Country: Afghanistan | Amount: $130,000 | Funded in 2018-2019
This project will increase consumption of nutritious foods and supplements by mothers, pregnant women, newborns and children under five; improve use of essential health services by mothers, pregnant women, newborns and children under five; and reduce the vulnerability of mothers and children to water related diseases.
Supporting Sustainable Livelihoods of Smallholder Farmers
Canadian Catholic Organization For Development and Peace | Country: Philippines | Amount: $49,000 | Funded in 2018-2019
This project will contribute to the food security of smallholder farmers in Tarlac, Quezon and Leyte. It will secure land tenure and enhance the capacity of farmers to manage sustainable agricultural livelihoods, so they can produce and supply good quality, safe, organic produce to markets.
Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security in Kalmakanda
World Renew | Country: Bangladesh | Amount: $13,832 | Funded in 2018-2019
This project will increase food security for farming households that possess less than half an acre of farmland. It will teach sustainable agriculture practices for bigger crop yields and improved dietary diversity. The project includes training on topics such as; rice production, inter-fish cultivation, kitchen gardening, vermicomposting, cover crops, seed production and preservation.
Sustainable Use of Diversity and Resources in Northern Potosi
SeedChange (formerly USC Canada) | Country: Bolivia | Amount: $8,293 | Funded in 2018-2019
This project will promote sustainable agricultural practices, empowering rural women, men and youth to improve their livelihoods and environmental resilience. This will increase food security and agricultural biodiversity, emphasizing land rehabilitation and dietary diversity for healthy nutrition.