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.
Food Security through Co-operatives in Northern Ghana
Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada | 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.
Hetosa Food Security & Market Linkages
Canadian Lutheran World Relief | Country: Ethiopia | Amount: $46,903 | Funded in 2014-15
The program seeks to alleviate food insecurity and increase incomes for 1,026 households in eight sub-districts of Hetosa District, Ethiopia by strengthening agricultural extension services, promoting small-scale irrigation agronomy, linking small scale farmers to local micro-finance institutions and enhancing the value chain participation of small scale farmers. MCIC funding will go toward program implementation activities such as training, equipment, contracted labor and local personnel.
Innovation for Rural Prosperity
IDE Canada | Country: Ethiopia | Amount: $22,201 | Funded in 2014-15
The project seeks to contribute to improved livelihoods for 21,000 households by empowering 7,000 local farmers through sustainable value chains for dry season farming, training for local entrepreneurs and creation of market linkages.
Kids Hope, Ethiopia
Canadian Humanitarian | Country: Ethiopia | Amount: $7,876 | Funded in 2014-15
The project aims to contribute to improved literacy rates for over 345 children and young adults through education support centers and trades-skills training in Ethiopia.
Livelihoods for Life
ADRA Canada | Country: Cambodia | Amount: $7,510 | Funded in 2014-15
The project seeks to train at-risk youth in communities of Kampong Thom Province on safe migration and anti-human trafficking through an awareness campaign. It aims to equip 1600 youth with decision making power and economic tools to alleviate their vulnerability to trafficking, as well as provide sustained income generation activities for vulnerable households through expanded vegetable farm business operations (forty-eight households), chicken farms (fifteen households) and fish farming (four households).
Machinga & Zomba Districts Water & Sanitation Project
Emmanuel International Canada | Country: Malawi | Amount: $7,647 | Funded in 2014-15
The projects seeks to provide clean water and improved sanitation to 80,000 beneficiaries in 92 communities in rural Malawi by drilling 8 boreholes, digging 24 shallow wells, rehabilitating 60 water points, constructing 3,576 improved sanitation facilities, training 92 communities in hygiene and forming 92 water point committees.
Market-Led Improved Livelihoods in Eastern Amhara Region
| Country: Ethiopia | Amount: $7,633 | Funded in 2014-15
The project seeks to utilize a market-led approach to improve the livelihoods and food security for 8,000 smallholder farmer households (40,000 beneficiaries) in Eastern Amhara Region. MCIC funding will go towards the training of forty government specialists and development agents, and over 100 Cooperative members on business skills, marketing and agricultural business management.
New Toilet for the Kathy Knowles Community Library
Osu Children’s Library Fund | Country: Ghana | Amount: $7,821 | Funded in 2014-15
The project seeks to install two new water - efficient toilets and plumbing fixtures to serve the many children and adults who frequent the Kathy Knowles Community Library in Accra, Ghana. The projected outcome is a good, clean toilet for library patrons and staff.
Pneumonia Treatment Initiative
UNICEF Canada - Prairie Region | Country: Tanzania | Amount: $38,088 | Funded in 2014-15
The Project aims to reduce the number of under-five childhood deaths in 6 Districts of Tanzania by targeting interventions for pneumonia. The project will supply community health care centers and major health centers with training and medical equipment for treating and diagnosing severe cases of pneumonia. Approximately 32,000 children are expected to benefit from the project each year.
Promoting Reading and Science Education in Kapisa, Afghanistan
Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan | Country: Afghanistan | Amount: $6,679 | Funded in 2014-15
The project seeks to provide eighteen schools in North-Eastern Afghanistan with the “School Library and Science Starter Kit”. The main beneficiaries are secondary school teachers who will benefit from improved professional skills and teaching practices leading to a higher quality of instruction.