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.
Building Local Ownership
USC Canada | Country: Timor-Leste | Amount: $15,000 | Funded in 2011/2012
USC Canada and its Timorese counterpart is Building Local Ownership that will strengthen staff and organizational capacity from what has been a local USC office. They will also undertake the legal steps necessary to establish a vibrant, independent and incorporated Timorese CSO.
Enabling System Level Learning & Government Leadership in the Sanitation Sector
| Country: Malawi | Amount: $7,500 | Funded in 2011/2012
EWB is Enabling System Level Learning & Government Leadership in the Sanitation Sector. This will be done by enhancing the capacity of government staff to provide leadership in the sector.
Improved Supply Chains in the Upper East Region of Ghana
IDE Canada | Country: Ghana | Amount: $11,378 | Funded in 2011/2012
iDE Canada is providing Improved Supply Chains in the Upper East Region of Ghana by working with farmers and associated private businesses and public sector service providers to build their capacity in vegetable production, integrated past management, marketing and sales.
Potal Women’s Cooperative
Crossroads International | Country: Niger | Amount: $16,378 | Funded in 2011/2012
Crossroads and its partner in rural Niger are working with the Potal Women’s Cooperative to acquire the skills and knowledge to improve food security via irrigated market gardening and develop a sustainable collective enterprise of producing artisanal wares.
Sharing Southern Solutions
HOPE International Development Agency | Country: Philippines, Ethiopia, Cambodia | Amount: $15,000 | Funded in 2011/2012
HOPE is Sharing Southern Solutions by working with its international partners to build the capacity of four local organizations in three countries by facilitating exchange visits where organizations with similar programming can learn best practices. The context for this project is the implementation of effective water supply and sustainable agriculture projects.
Strengthening Local Capacity to Deliver Improved Maternal, Newborn & Child Health Care.
Canadian Physicians for Aid & Relief | Country: Tanzania | Amount: $15,000 | Funded in 2011/2012
CPAR seeks to reduce maternal, infant and child morbidity and mortality rates in Bunda District, Tanzania by Strengthening Local Capacity to Deliver Improved Maternal, Newborn & Child Health Care.
Tangible Goals Model in Rural Development
Marquis Project | Country: Tanzania | Amount: $8,000 | Funded in 2011/2012
Marquis’ partner TSAEE is supporting its members in four rural districts to implement an innovative 28 step Tangible Goals Model in Rural Development with farm women who are part of women’s and youth Community-Based Organizations. TSAEE uses extension processes that pair improved agricultural practices and entrepreneurship to improve food security and income generation.
VNGO Capacity Building for Inclusive & Participatory Development
| Country: Vietnam | Amount: $10,000 | Funded in 2011/2012
The VNGO Capacity Building for Inclusive & Participatory Development project will increase the organizational, networking and programming capacity of forty-five Vietnamese NGOs and enhance their role in fostering participatory democracy. The work will target groups working with vulnerable rural ethnic minorities, benefiting 300 staff and the livelihoods of 5,000 women and men.
People to People | Country: Bangladesh | Amount: $5,000 | Funded in 2010/2011
The Amadar Chilemayen project supports literacy work in the slums of Bangladesh by educating mothers who commit to teaching at least five neighbourhood children. This project addresses the challenge of access to basic education, including daycare, and empowers mothers by training them to produce their own multimedia materials.
Building Local Capacity – Rights-based Approach
Save the Children - Canada | Country: Burkina Faso, Kenya | Amount: $15,000 | Funded in 2010/2011
SCC is Building Local Capacity – Rights-based Approach in two African countries to implement sustainable human development, using a child rights-based approach and Results-Based Management (RBM). SCC will bring in facilitators to train their workers in an intercultural and multi-stakeholder context.