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Next gen leaders collaborate to launch MEDAx

Noting shifting supporter demographics and a new wave of leadership on the horizon, MEDA has announced the launch of MEDAx, a specialized event for professionals under age 40, Nov. 9-10. The event will be held in conjunction with MEDA’s longstanding Business As A Calling Convention, this year Nov. 8-11 at the J.W. Marriott in Indianapolis, Ind.

MEDAx marks the first event of its kind in nearly four decades of MEDA conventions.

Though designed with a slant towards emerging professionals in business and international development, the conference-within-a-conference is open to anyone under 40 interested in exploring the intersect of personal values and professional pursuits, entrepreneurship, and MEDA’s international work. 

Activities include curated networking events, conversation with guest speakers, a start-up pitch competition and an inside look at MEDA’s worldwide work in creating business solutions to poverty.

To create the event, MEDA associate development officer Vanessa Hofer and marketing coordinator Katie West are working with fellow MEDA colleagues and a committee of nine next generation leaders from across the US and Canada.

“It is extraordinary to witness the enthusiasm for this bold initiative from within MEDA and from our friends and supporters across both countries,” said Hofer.

“Our committee is exceptional and integral. We are grateful to have a team of talented peers working with us, offering personal experience in a variety of fields, including business consulting, finance, women’s peacebuilding and leadership, family business and more.”

MEDAx will run a total of 24 hours, kicking off with a Friday Night Launch Party and concluding with a farewell reception for outgoing MEDA president Allan Sauder. Hofer, West and team are finalizing additional programming details in hopes of announcing speakers by mid-August.

“Some activities will be geared for generations X, Y and Z. Others will be completely integrated with the larger convention,” Hofer said. “This is an important detail. We want to both speak to the next generation and to facilitate cross-generational relationship building.”

Space is limited. Registration for MEDAx is now open. Applications for the start-up competition are due by mid-September.

For more information about MEDAx, including pricing, registration, and submission requirements for the MEDA 5k Pitch Competition, visit or contact Vanessa Hofer at

MEDA sowing seeds of economic growth in Asia

New projects with private sector partners and Australian Government will reap benefits for smallholder farmers in Myanmar and Pakistan


Nov. 21, 2017

WATERLOO, ON – MEDA (Mennonite Economic Development Associates) is proud to be part of two new initiatives in Asia over the next two years that build on our commitment to shared value, working with the private sector to solve social problems and spur economic development.

With $823,475 in funding from the Australian Government through its Business Partnerships Platform, and private sector contributions, MEDA will work with partners in Pakistan and Myanmar to improve small farmers’ access to quality seeds, the first step towards better crops, higher yields, and more sustainable livelihoods.

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MEDA Honors 10 Young Women Changing the World Award Recipients!

The exceptional young women were recognized at the annual MEDA convention in San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio, Tx. – MEDA (Mennonite Economic Development Associates) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 10 Young Women Changing the World awards.

Over the last two years, MEDA’s 20 under 35: Young Professionals Changing the World Initiative recognized 40 young professionals under the age of 35. To reflect the special 2016 MEDA Convention theme – Business as a Calling: Women Changing the World – MEDA will recognize 10 exceptional young women who exude a strong commitment to faith values and service and embody an entrepreneurial spirit.

The awards would not have been possible without a generous sponsorship from Everence, a financial services organization that helps individuals, organizations and congregations integrate finances with faith through a national team of advisors and representatives.

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MEDA's president, Allan Sauder, announces his retirement

Allan SauderFebruary 27, 2018


WATERLOO, ON. - Allan Sauder, Mennonite Economic Development Associates’ (MEDA) longest serving president, told staff this week of his intention to retire at year-end, initiating an orderly leadership transition process which will take place over the balance of 2018. The board of directors will begin a global search to select a new leader.

 “My 31-year career with MEDA has been a wonderful experience and has given me opportunities that I would not exchange for any other. I am so grateful for the support I have received over the years from the board of directors, colleagues on the MEDA staff, partners, clients and the international development community in general.” Sauder said.  “As I look back, I am proud of the impact and growth that the MEDA team has been able to achieve, but I think most often of the many rewarding friendships that have developed along the way.”

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One Day. One Cause. One Goal.

It’s that time of year again: You can’t believe it’s time to start your holiday shopping, your calendar is filling up with events, gatherings, concerts and meetings. You’ve probably developed a list of things you have to do in the next few weeks. But the coming of the holidays can’t distract us from thinking about the bigger things in life: A greater Cause; a greater Good.

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MEDA World Night Market in Souderton, PA

Free Live Music, International Foods, Prizes, Soccer and much more!

May 26, 2016


SOUDERTON, Pa. - MEDA - Mennonite Economic Development Associates - will host a World Night Market on Saturday, June 4th from 9:00pm to 1:00am at the Souderton Shopping Center (781 Route 113 Souderton, PA). The late night event will benefit MEDA’s work to create business solutions to poverty in the developing world.

Night markets originated in Asian cultures, but they’re quickly spreading to cultures far and wide. A night market takes place just after dusk and goes to the wee hours of the morning. Tent vendors, food vendors and musicians gather to block a street and create an energetic atmosphere with all the smells, sounds and activities of an international marketplace.

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