This article was originally published in Mennonite World Review.
Successor is first woman and first person of African descent to lead organization
INDIANAPOLIS — As Allan Sauder retires from Mennonite Economic Development Associates in December after 16 years as president, he will leave behind an organization that reaches much further than it did when he joined.
MEDA set new records in donations and clients served for the second consecutive year, Sauder noted in his final address to the organization’s annual convention in Indianapolis Nov. 8-11.
In the year that ended June 30, MEDA received $8.2 million in private donations from supporters in North America andEurope, up 31 percent from a year earlier.
MEDA worked through 401 partners in 62 countries, helping almost 103 million families realize healthier, more economically sustainable lives through its work to create business solutions to poverty, he said.
When Sauder became president, MEDA was reaching about 200,000 clients, with annual revenue about one-seventh of current numbers.
His successor, Dorothy Nyambi, brings a range of expertise and life experience to MEDA.
As published by CBC Radio: All in a Day with Alan Neal
Nigeria is seeing a surge of interest in agriculture, but violent conflicts in some parts of the country are holding people back from exploring that industry. Hear from Chom Bagu, Field Project Manager of our Nigeria WAY project in partnership with Global Affairs Canada.
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As published by VEGA.
Laura Alexander, Director of Programs and of the Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) Special Program Support Project (SPSP) at Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance (VEGA), recently visited VEGA’s Enabling Growth through Investment and Enterprise (ENGINE) program in Tanzania. Laura had the opportunity to get to know some of ENGINE’s highly skilled volunteers sent by implementing partners IESC and MEDA.
Volunteer expert Kathleen Campbell knows the potential waiting to be unlocked in small businesses around the world and the importance of strong business skills and services to generating sustainable growth. As a former executive of Ten Thousand Villages, a company that helps artisans in developing countries increase their income by creating long-term, fair trading relationships, Ms. Campbell has unique experience facilitating the sustainable growth of enterprises and value chains. Starting in October 2017, Ms. Campbell volunteered six weeks of her time with Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) on an assignment with VEGA’s Enabling Growth through Investment and Enterprise (ENGINE) program, implemented by International Executive Service Corps (IESC). The ENGINE program aims to encourage domestic and foreign investment by implementing policies that promote collaboration between the public and private sectors, equipping business for sustainable growth and increasing access to finance, especially for women and youth entrepreneurs. As part of these efforts, Ms. Campbell shared her technical and business expertise with over 60 service providers in the southern agricultural regions of Tanzania and in Zanzibar.