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.
Facilitating Rural Youth in Lake Zone of Tanzania to Increase Marketing Intelligence through Agro-ba
Marquis Project | Country: Tanzania | Amount: $12000 | Funded in 2013-14
The economic situation of rural Tanzanian youth requires intervention to (1) facilitate their participation in the local market economy, (2) increase market intelligence, and (3) build self-employment skills. TSAEE will act as a catalyst to increase local capacity through a combination of micro-enterprise and agro-production training, mentorship, and micro-credit development.
Internships for Vocational training Graduates in the West Bank
Canadian Lutheran World Relief | Country: Palestine | Amount: $15000 | Funded in 2013-14
In the second year of implementation, this project will improve the market participation and quality of employment of 28 female and male graduates of the LWF’s Vocational Training Program through work experience (three month internships) and employability skills training with emphasis on female graduates, people with disabilities and holders of West Bank IDs. The current proposal relates to the second year of project implementation (March 31, 2014 -March 20, 2015).
Building Innovative Economic Opportunities for Young People
USC Canada | Country: Honduras | Amount: $14,015 | Funded in 2012/2013
USC Canada is Building Innovative Economic Opportunities for Young People. This project provides training, capacity building and support for young people in rural Honduras and contributes to the economic and food security of youth in the Departments of Yoro and Intibuca through strengthened youth organizations and organizing, agro-ecology and linkages to local agricultural value-chains.
Capitalizing on Innovative Economic Opportunities for Youth Entrepreneurs in Mali
Crossroads International | Country: Mali | Amount: $14,996 | Funded in 2012/2013
This project is Capitalizing on Innovative Economic Opportunities for Youth Entrepreneurs in Mali and will accelerate the success of 76 new youth-led micro enterprises and support the launch of 45 additional youth-led 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.
Community Transformation through Youth Economic Empowerment
World Renew | Country: Nigeria | Amount: $15,000 | Funded in 2012/2013
Community Transformation through Youth Economic Empowerment will involve 210 male and female youth between the ages of 14 and 25 in skills training, apprenticeships and regular savings in order to improve their income earning opportunities and their ability to manage profit making enterprises.
Internships for Vocational Training Graduates in the West Bank
Canadian Lutheran World Relief | Country: Palestine | Amount: $15,000 | Funded in 2012/2013
This project will improve the market participation and quality of employment of 56 female and male graduates (50% female) of the LWR’s Vocational Training Program through work experience (three-month Internships for Vocational Training Graduates in the West Bank) and employability skills training with emphasis on female graduates, people with disabilities and holders of West Bank IDs.
Opportunities for Youth - Manual Well Drilling
IDE Canada | Country: Mozambique | Amount: $15,000 | Funded in 2012/2013
The goal of the Opportunities for Youth - Manual Well Drilling project is to equip and support 10 trained well-driller apprentices as they start their own businesses drilling wells for farmers in the Maputo area of Mozambique. It is expected that with this start-up capital and support they will be able to develop the skills necessary to form a permanent part of a well-drilling team.
Social Enterprise Development for Indigenous Peoples
HOPE International Development Agency | Country: Philippines | Amount: $15,000 | Funded in 2012/2013
HOPE’s Social Enterprise Development for Indigenous Peoples will provide the training and facilities enabling Indigenous youth and farmers to develop a working model of an environmentally, economically, and culturally viable entrepreneurial venture. The result is a cup of coffee that has a positive impact on the many lives that were involved in having it produced.
Tangible Goals Approach with Rural Youth in Agricultural Community Economic Development in the Lake
Marquis Project | Country: Tanzania | Amount: $12,000 | Funded in 2012/2013
The Tangible Goals Approach with Rural Youth in Agricultural Community Economic Development in the Lake Zone of Tanzania project is to act as a catalyst to build local capacity through a combination of microenterprise skills training, mentorship, aiding youth to establish tangible goals and to develop the means to access capital. The economic situation of youth approaching adulthood who leave school and/or are underemployed in rural villages in Tanzania requires intervention to enable their participation in the local market economy.
Building Local Capacity in Participatory Organization & Community Leadership for Transforming Commun
World Renew | Country: Tanzania | Amount: $7,926 | Funded in 2011/2012
CRWRC continues its work by Building Local Capacity in Participatory Organization & Community Leadership for Transforming Communities within its Tanzanian partner organization and its target communities. More effective decision-making processes will improve development projects and poverty alleviation efforts.