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.
Voices from the Edge
Canadian Multicultural Disability Centre | Country: Zimbabwe | Amount: $5,595 | Funded in 2010/2011
Voices from the Edge will enhance the capacity of rural teachers to coordinate alternatives and ancillary services for students with special needs. This pilot project will focus on a new universal access school and will assist students with disabilities and those from disadvantaged communities.
Adaptive Measures to Integrated Resource Management
Marquis Project | Country: Tanzania | Amount: $20,000 | Funded in 2008/2009
TSAEE implements strategies in tree resource management with women and youth groups in practices which alleviate the impacts of climate change in rural Tanzanian agriculture. This is done by integrating woodlot development (agro-forestry), domestic fuel efficiency (cookstoves), and micro-enterprise development (tree seedling production and cookstove construction) in selected communities of Kwimba and Tabora Regions, Tanzania.
Cassava Flour Value Chains
| Country: Malawi | Amount: $10,085 | Funded in 2008/2009
EWB is working with IITA to develop a sustainable cassava flour value chain which will create opportunities for smallholder farmers in rural Malawi to grow and sell cassava in order to improve their livelihoods.
Community Awareness and Responsiveness
| Country: Kenya | Amount: $10,622 | Funded in 2008/2009
The project is aimed at creating awareness on climate change, its impact and how the community can adapt to it using simple community driven adaptation measures. It also seeks to research adaptive measures being practiced elsewhere and replicate them in the local community.
Dry Forest Recuperation in the Tumbes National Mangrove Sanctuary
Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) | Country: Peru | Amount: $25,000 | Funded in 2008/2009
This objective of this project is to conduct reforestation in the Buffer Zone of the Tumbes National Mangrove Sanctuary and to ensure maintenance of existing vegetation cover by negotiating an agreement with land owners.
Primary School Rainwater Harvesting
Canadian Physicians for Aid & Relief | Country: Tanzania | Amount: $18,482 | Funded in 2008/2009
The Primary School Rainwater Harvesting program works with school communities to secure continual access to safe water in a context of East African climate change effects. The installation of rainwater harvesting tanks harnesses the predicted increases in precipitation to mitigate the negative impacts of climate change in that region.
Water Use Master Plans
IDE Canada | Country: Nepal | Amount: $20,000 | Funded in 2008/2009
In collaboration with the Government of Nepal, the Finnish Development Agency, Helvetas and Winrock, IDE brought its expertise in water-efficient technologies to the development of integrated Water Use Master Plans that mitigate the impact of climate change on water access and address deforestation as one of the key local contributors to climate change.