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 Capacity in Economic Development
Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) | Country: Peru | Amount: $10,000 | Funded in 2010/2011
MEDA is Building Local Capacity in Economic Development in its Peru office to aid its transformation into an independent and financially self-sustaining local NGO that will operate as an effective local actor for economic development.
Building Local Capacity in Participatory Project Design & Implementation
World Renew | Country: Tanzania | Amount: $17,718 | Funded in 2010/2011
Building Local Capacity in Participatory Project Design & Implementation is the intent of CRWRC’s project in Tanzania. Rural communities will be transformed due to enhanced ability to identify, design and implement effective development projects, overcoming poverty and dependency, and improving the livelihoods of over 60,000 targeted community members.
Building the Capacity of IDE Vietnam
IDE Canada | Country: | Amount: $15,000 | Funded in 2010/2011
This project is Building the Capacity of IDE Vietnam, upgrading the country team’s ability to better help poor rural households increase their incomes in a changing and challenging context. Identified capacity gaps will lead to training events for staff on appropriate subjects.
Capacity Building to Improve Food Security & Develop Sustainable Livelihoods
Crossroads International | Country: Niger | Amount: $15,228 | Funded in 2010/2011
Crossroads, in its Capacity Building to Improve Food Security & Develop Sustainable Livelihoods project, is partnering in Niger with Potal Women’s Cooperative. Women producers and artisans will acquire relevant skills and knowledge to improve food security by increasing yields from a communal dry-season irrigated market garden and develop livelihoods by establishing a formal collective enterprise producing artisanal wares.
Capacity Building with Zambian Partners
United Church of Canada | Country: Zambia | Amount: $10,000 | Funded in 2010/2011
UCC is Capacity Building with Zambian Partners by providing a management course for administrators and program managers of local organizations involved in development work. Areas of focus include organizational management, environmental assessment, gender, strategic planning, human resource management, monitoring and evaluation.
Crossing the Digital Divide
Marquis Project | Country: Tanzania | Amount: $11,000 | Funded in 2010/2011
This project is Crossing the Digital Divide, delivering Information Communication Technology (ICT) workshops focusing on climate change and gender issues. Participatory practices will be used in agricultural extension programs to connect ICT data with indigenous knowledge related to changes in the crop/weather calendar in four rural Tanzanian communities.
From The Soil & Seeds Up!
USC Canada | Country: Nepal | Amount: $10,000 | Funded in 2010/2011
From The Soil & Seeds Up! increases the capacity of Nepali NGOs in governance and baseline data collection. USC will work with over 50 local NGOs and cooperatives on governance issues. There will also be training and mobilization to collect multifaceted and multi-stakeholder baseline data on agri-biodiversity, climate change, rural economics and gender equality.
In Support of a More Literate Environment
CODE | Country: Ethiopia | Amount: $10,000 | Funded in 2010/2011
CODE is working In Support of a More Literate Environment, providing children’s learning materials, strengthening resource and education networks, implementing librarianship training to 20 reading room attendants, and offering teacher training to 54 other attendants. 33,000 children in 33 districts will benefit from this project.
Institutional Capacity Building & Strengthening
| Country: Nicaragua | Amount: $11,000 | Funded in 2010/2011
This Institutional Capacity Building & Strengthening project provides FUNARTE with the opportunity to continue developing their internal capacity to deliver programming with children and youth and integrate gender equity analysis within their internal management and external activities. Through improved management policies and procedures, FUNARTE will be able to ensure that resources are employed in the most strategic and efficient manner.
Sharing Southern Solutions
HOPE International Development Agency | Country: Ethiopia, Philippines | Amount: $16,995 | Funded in 2010/2011
Sharing Southern Solutions builds the capacity of two local organizations in Ethiopia and Philippines by facilitating exchange visits for personnel to learn best practices from organizations with similar programming. Local development workers will gain and apply strategic knowledge and skills that contribute to effective implementation of water supplies.