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.
Save the Children Lead the Way- Exclusive Breastfeeding in Burkina Faso
Save the Children - Canada | Country: Burkina Faso | Amount: $19,402 | Funded in 2014-15
The project aims to reduce morbidity and mortality rates of children by promoting infant nutrition and increasing the rate of exclusive breastfeeding through education, training and advocacy activities targeting 18,000 women. It seeks to create a supportive socio-cultural environment by including family members and community members in awareness building through malnutrition screenings and home visit demonstrations.
Scaling up Malaria Prevention Control Interventions - Liberia
| Country: Liberia | Amount: $120,000 | Funded in 2014-15
The program seeks to provide national coverage for increased access to and use of malaria control and prevention interventions in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare of Liberia. Activities using MCIC funding include training for community health workers and traditionally trained midwives and community based media outreach encouraging behavioral change.
Shigikirana Savings for Life
World Relief Canada | Country: Burundi | Amount: $14,469 | Funded in 2014-15
The project seeks to contribute to improved livelihoods for a target of 23,400 community group members through pooled resources for micro loans and income-generating activities. This will be achieved through organizing and training 1,300 community based village groups to accumulate savings. MCIC funding will support operating costs for training.
Sustainable WASH Service Delivery
| Country: Malawi | Amount: $8,000 | Funded in 2014-15
The project seeks to provide professional development to twelve to twenty District Water and Environmental Health Officers through a one year Fellowship program, leading to better water, sanitation and hygiene services in their communities. Fellows are expected to commit to 252 people hours over the year using local resources and community-led ideas for service delivery innovation.
Water Systems and Sustainable Agriculture for Indigenous Peoples Communities in Mindanao
HOPE International Development Agency | Country: Philippines | Amount: $12,604 | Funded in 2014-15
The project seeks to promote the health and self-reliance of 250 families among 5 Indigenous Peoples communities in Mindanao, Philippines by providing sustainable clean water, with 150 of the most marginalized families benefiting from agricultural training leading to increased food security.
Women –Led Community Food Security in Dibate
Canadian Physicians for Aid & Relief | Country: Ethiopia | Amount: $9,690 | Funded in 2014-15
The project seeks to strengthen year round food security and nutritional status of 378 farming households. It plans to establish 7 Farmer Field Schools for 150 farmers to provide skills development and technical support on conservation practices. MCIC funding will contribute toward establishing 1 community tree nursery site in which using conservation agriculture will lead to improved soil and land rehabilitation; and the production of 150,000 indigenous and multipurpose tree seedlings.
Access to Capital Initiative
| Country: Ghana | Amount: $7712 | Funded in 2013-14
This project seeks to support small and medium social businesses that might attract financial investors by bringing both sides of the equation together. There are sizable potential investors in Ghana seeking investment-ready businesses, and vice-versa. This project expects to develop 10 investment ready Ghanaian small and medium enterprises to link with likely investors.
Adolescent Livelihood Opportunities
USC Canada | Country: Bangladesh | Amount: $7671 | Funded in 2013-14
The Adolescent Livelihood Opportunities project supports young farmers, particularly girls, to increase and diversify their opportunities to earn a living from ecological farming. Through training, farmer to farmer exchanges, awareness raising and material support, girls from poor rural areas of northern Bangladesh are learning new skills for income generation and food security.
Cuso International | Country: Cameroon | Amount: $9076 | Funded in 2013-14
This project will seek to improve agricultural techniques in Cameroon’s two Model Forests to preserve the forests while ensuring local economic stability in the face of rapidly changing climate patterns. Yields of the highly nutritious moringa plant will be scaled up and promoted as a viable alternative to illegal logging. Two thousand producers will have increased access to improved production systems.
Boricha Food Security Project
Mennonite Central Committee Manitoba | Country: Ethiopia | Amount: $120000 | Funded in 2013-14
This project will improve the food security situation in Boricha district through agricultural development, environmental conservation, income diversification and increased community education. The most vulnerable households, especially women and youth, will benefit most.