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.
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.