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.
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.
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.