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.
Research & Extension Activity Partners
Mennonite Central Committee Manitoba | Country: Bangladesh | Amount: $120,000 | Funded in 2012/2013
The Research & Extension Activity Partners project’s aim is to develop peaceful communities by enhancing food security, increasing understanding of primary healthcare concepts and improving relational skills in the community.
Responding to Needs of Vulnerable Populations in Mexico’s Border Communities
| Country: Mexico | Amount: $9,650 | Funded in 2012/2013
This project is Responding to Needs of Vulnerable Populations in Mexico’s Border Communities by supporting safety and education for youth at risk on the Mexico-US border, in Tijuana and Ciudad Juarez.
Shigikirana Savings for Life
Tearfund Canada | Country: Burundi | Amount: $13,552 | Funded in 2012/2013
Shigikirana Savings for Life will support Dutabarane, a local NGO, to expand their Shigikirana Savings for Life program, organizing and training 1,300 community-based village savings groups of the very poor (23,400 people) to accumulate very small amounts of savings, pool these resources and provide micro-loans to each other for income generating activities to improve their livelihoods. All members will be provided with savings services and an estimated 50% or more will access loans.
Stabilizing Food Security and Enhancing Livelihoods in Zimbabwe
| Country: Zimbabwe | Amount: $7,866 | Funded in 2012/2013
CHF is Stabilizing Food Security and Enhancing Livelihoods in Zimbabwe by enhancing the resilience of vulnerable households in Zimbabwe through integrated programming that stabilizes food security, enhances their asset base, and strengthens the capacity of SAFIRE to meet the needs of 6,000 vulnerable men, women, and children, including those affected by HIV/AIDS.
Strengthen the Democratic Processes that Support Poverty Reduction with an Environmental and Gender
Canadian Lutheran World Relief | Country: India | Amount: $33,619 | Funded in 2012/2013
In 170 beneficiary communities, LWSIT is training Strategic Action Group leaders and members (50% women; 50% men) in gender equity, leadership, legal issues, business management and vocational training for the development of credit and income generation opportunities. The MCIC contribution will help to Strengthen the Democratic Processes that Support Poverty Reduction with an Environmental and Gender Focus.
Supporting Systems to Achieve Improved Nutrition, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health
World Vision Canada | Country: Tanzania | Amount: $120,000 | Funded in 2012/2013
The Supporting Systems to Achieve Improved Nutrition, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health project seeks to strengthen the health system and empower community members to take joint action to improve delivery and utilization of essential health and nutrition interventions for children and pregnant women, building an enabling environment for health and enhancing the continuum of care between households and the health system.
Tiling/Flooring for the Korle Gonno Community Library.
Osu Children’s Library Fund | Country: Ghana | Amount: $7,768 | Funded in 2012/2013
OCLF is building a library in a neighbourhood of the capital city of Accra, Ghana. The library, the first in this area, will cost CDN $550,000. The MGMGP grant will cover the Tiling/Flooring for the Korle Gonno Community Library.
HOPE International Development Agency | Country: Afghanistan | Amount: $12,425 | Funded in 2012/2013
Communities in Kunduz province, Afghanistan are working toward increased Village Agriculture resilience through interventions including community managed seed centres, improving connections to markets by a community access road, and planting trees in denuded areas. The result will be increased self-reliance in seed production to meet crop planting and household consumption needs.
Women and Their Children’s Health (WATCH)
| Country: Zimbabwe | Amount: $120,000 | Funded in 2012/2013
Women and Their Children’s Health (WATCH) is part of Plan’s larger WATCH CIDA-funded Program to implement community based maternal, newborn and child health interventions in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mali and Zimbabwe. The funding from MCIC will be used to improve the health of mothers and children in the Mancaland Province in Zimbabwe.
USC Canada | Country: Nepal | Amount: $8,345 | Funded in 2011/2012
USC’s Agro-Biodiversity Project is working in the high Himalayan environment with its community partners to secure local seed stocks, rebuild degraded soil and biodiversity resources, and deliver sustainable agriculture support to farmers, thereby reducing hunger and environmental deterioration.