The Theme Fund encourages MCIC member organizations to take a broader view of development projects by responding to current issues of international concern.
MCIC’s Theme Fund for 2018-19 is: Sustainable Urban Centres: Meeting People’s Needs in an Urbanizing World.
The current pattern of rapid and often unplanned growth of urban areas presents governments, civil society organizations and the private sector with urgent challenges that require innovative, participatory, gender-responsive and egalitarian approaches and solutions.
MCIC’s Theme Fund is seeking innovative project applications from its member organizations that aim to tackle challenges within an urban setting, such as, but not limited to, livelihoods, safety, education, health, sanitation, nutrition, community leadership and governance. MCIC sees gender equality, human rights and environmental sustainability as crosscutting themes in development.
Empowerment of People Living with Disabilities
World Renew | Country: Nigeria | Amount: $18,000 | Funded in 2014-15
The project seeks to improve the livelihoods of 180 polio survivors and other marginalized people with disabilities (60% Female / 40% Male) in north central Nigeria by providing mobile aids, enrollment support for school aged beneficiaries, vocational training, self help empowerment and advocacy for the rights of people living with disabilities.
Improved Income for Families with Disabilities
IDE Canada | Country: Ghana | Amount: $6,800 | Funded in 2014-15
The project seeks to lead to improved incomes for forty farmers with disabilities, including blindness by providing them with accessible capital to erect fencing around their community gardens/fields.
Increasing Capacity for Young Parents through Community Economic Development
Marquis Project | Country: Tanzania | Amount: $12,000 | Funded in 2014-15
The project seeks to partner with local partner (TSAEE) to improve the economic situation of 180 single teenage and youth parents in 6 villages by increasing local capacity through micro enterprise training, identification of tangible goals and the dissemination of improved cook stove technology use.
Nutrition, Education and Income Generation for Families with Disabled Children in Bulawayo
Mennonite Central Committee Manitoba | Country: Zimbabwe | Amount: $18,000 | Funded in 2014-15
The project seeks to improve the well being of fifty children with disabilities by providing 590 family members with access to nutrition, education, livelihood development opportunities as well as start-up capital for income generating activities.
St. Camille Tokan Care Centre Women’s Dormitory
Cuso International | Country: Benin | Amount: $20,000 | Funded in 2014-15
The Project seeks to build a full service care center including an out-patient clinic and 8 dormitories for a target of 2,400 people with mental disabilities.
Supporting Orphaned & Vulnerable Children
Save the Children - Canada | Country: Kenya | Amount: $14,916 | Funded in 2014-15
The Project seeks to increase protection for over 26,000 orphaned and vulnerable children with an even gender split, from HIV/ AIDS. Project activities include psycho-social support for 1,100 children, income generation activities for 120 child-headed households, sensitization on HIV prevention and training of community members, caregivers, local NGOs and communities on child rights and child protection.
Sustainable Livelihoods for People with Disabilities – Sri Lanka
HOPE International Development Agency | Country: Sri Lanka | Amount: $15,000 | Funded in 2014-15
The project seeks to provide sustainable livelihoods and a dignified living for 34 people with disabilities (17 female/ 17 male) and their families in four communities of Nedunkerny, Sri Lanka. The project will provide agricultural training and capital for dairy farming.
Building Innovative Economic Opportunities for Young People in Honduras II
USC Canada | Country: Honduras | Amount: $15020 | Funded in 2013-14
By providing training, capacity building and support for young people in rural Honduras, this project contributes to the economic and food security of youth in the Departments of Yoro, Intibuca, and Francisco Morazan through strengthened youth organizations and organizing, agroecology and linkages to local agricultural value-chains.
Capitalizing on Innovative Economic Opportunities for Youth Entrepreneurs in Mali
Crossroads International | Country: Mali | Amount: $16912 | Funded in 2013-14
This project will accelerate the success of 76 new youth-led micro enterprises and support the launch of 45 additional youthled businesses in and around Bamako by increasing skills in financial management and marketing. It builds on a 3 year pilot to support 121 youth (64% female) to develop viable businesses.
Enhancing Sustainable Livelihood Opportunities for Returnee Youth in Mannar District, North Sri Lank
Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund | Country: Sri Lanka | Amount: $17195 | Funded in 2013-14
This project will increase the sustainable livelihood opportunities for war affected youth in three villages of Manthai West DS Division, North Sri Lanka, through skill training and provision of inputs for aquaculture fishing and smoked fish production, market accessibility and business management training.