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.
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.
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.