MEDA in the News

New head of Mennonite international development agency wants to expand its reach

New head of Mennonite international development agency wants to expand its reach

As published in the Waterloo Record. 

WATERLOO — Taking the helm of the Mennonite Economic Development Associates was a simple decision for Dr. Dorothy Nyambi.

"It's unique and it's sustainable," she said.

The Waterloo-based organization's focus — and successful track record — on supporting entrepreneurship to alleviate poverty impressed Nyambi. "That dedication to really taking things to the finish line, to let people sustainably get out of poverty," she said.

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MEDA's president, Allan Sauder, announces his retirement

Allan SauderAllan 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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Government committed to create fair opportunities for all Ghanaians

As published on www.ghananewsagency.org.

Wa, Feb. 21, GNA – Mr Amidu Chinnia Issahaku, the Acting Upper West Regional Minister, has expressed government’s commitment to create a just society where fair opportunities for all Ghanaians are ensured regardless of their location.

He said Akuffo-Addo’s administration believes in working to create fair and inclusive society where equality of opportunity is guaranteed and citizens are permitted to share in the prosperity of the nation.

He was addressing a two-day capacity building workshop for District Coordinating Directors, Planning Officers and Gender Desk Officers on strategic implementation of Ghana’s Gender Policy.

The workshop was organized by the Department of Gender with funding support from the Mennonite Economic Development Associates.

It was held under the theme: “Mainstreaming Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment into Ghana’s Development Efforts.”

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Service Providers Get Down to Business with the Help of Volunteer Expert

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.

Kathleen Campbell talking about VEGA

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.

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Myanmar on the Move

 As published in Canadian Mennonite.

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Ashlyn Shantz of Heidelberg, Ont., right, shares a meal together with a local in the village of Win Poat, Myanmar.
(Photo by Byron Shantz)

When I originally told friends and family of my intention to travel with my family to Myanmar, I was challenged with the idea of a known global-crisis country as a travel destination. However, we were completely removed from any threat of the Rohingya genocide crisis in the northwest of the country. Our experience was in the south, where Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) is impressively rooted in creating sustainable solutions to poverty there.

The idea of travelling with MEDA is attractive, deeply fulfilling and safe. MEDA has an ability to draw like-minded donors who are ecstatic to show their involvement and support, in this case for Myanmar on the Move, an initiative to improve the lives of 25,000 women farmers.

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