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Dec
10

Women's giving group in Waterloo ensures women around the world have access to knowledge and opportunity

Nancy opening Women Empowering Women event

 

Simple good deeds can impact communities in amazing ways. In Waterloo Region, where MEDA’s head office is based, the community is coming together inspired by the giving spirit during the holiday season. Kindred Credit Union’s #12days4good campaign invites local communities to give back through simple good deeds for 12 consecutive days in December.

One doesn’t have to look too far to find do-gooders in the MEDA Waterloo community. Nancy Mann is a MEDA Waterloo Hub board member. Her past occupation as a pastor instilled in her a strong sense of giving back to her local and global community. Nancy is also the chair of MEDA’s Women Empowering Women (WEW) group in Waterloo – a women’s giving group that gathers quarterly to learn about MEDA’s women’s economic empowerment work, network with other like-minded career women, and give back.

MEDA’s Associate Development Office, Chris Brnjas “sat down” virtually with Nancy to discuss her involvement in WEW, her passion for empowering women both here in Waterloo and around the world, and why supporting women is incredibly important for our world.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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Oct
29

Top 10 Reasons to attend our annual MEDA Convention

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This year is an unprecedented year for MEDA. For the first time ever, we are hosting our 2020 MEDA Convention virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Jul
07

Leveraging technology to reach farmers in Ethiopia

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As face-to-face interactions stall across much of the world in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has presented extra challenges for those working to support underserved communities in rural Africa. In Ethiopia, the situation is no different.

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Jun
29

Let us introduce you to our 2020 international interns!

Interns2020From left: Indra Sarju, Calyssa Burke, Denis Gaudet & Aniqah Zowmi

 

At MEDA, we believe in the next generation of development professionals. That's why we invest in their careers and help them to gain practical, hands-on international experience that compliments the skills they have learned through their education. Although our international interns have had to return home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they are still working with our international teams to achieve goals and create long-standing impact through businsess.

Let us introduce you to these four amazing people!

 

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Sep
25

10 Facts & Figures: Economic Empowerment

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To mark Canada's first Gender Equality Week 2018, MEDA is highlighting important issues and voices around women’s economic empowerment and gender equality in the area of economic development. This is the second installment of our #EveryoneBenefits blog series. This is list is sourced from UN Women's Facts and Figures: Economic Empowerment page.

  1. When more women work, economies grow. An increase in female labour force participation—or a reduction in the gap between women’s and men’s labour force participation—results in faster economic growth.

  2. Evidence from a range of countries shows that increasing the share of household income controlled by women, either through their own earnings or cash transfers, changes spending in ways that benefit children and communities
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Aug
30

Let us introduce you to our new interns!

 InternsFrom left to right: Rameesha, Davies, Chrissy and Rilian

At MEDA, we believe in the next generation of development professionals. That's why we invest in their careers and help them to gain practical, hands-on international experience that compliments the skills they have learned through their education. 

Let us introduce you to these four amazing people!

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Jan
19

10 Reasons to support MEDA

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  1. We’re sustainable. We believe the best way to help the poor is by developing local institutions and businesses that have, as their goal, becoming independent of North American help. In other words, we don’t want our projects to depend on perpetual handouts from us for survival. MEDA’s goal is to start projects, nurture them as programs and then “graduate” them to become independent businesses that no longer need us. Like proud parents, we take satisfaction in the growth and independent businesses in places like Ethiopia, Ukraine, Tanzania, Kenya, Nicaragua and many other countries.
  2. We affirm the dignity and self-worth of people. Aid can erode agency and promote dependency. By creating opportunities where people can support themselves, a sense of personal agency and ownership is restored. They aren’t getting handouts – they’re working to help themselves and support their families. They aren’t aid recipients – they are our clients. It’s a business relationship, not a relationship built on charity.
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Nov
17

5 Charitable Gift Ideas

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At Christmas, we pray for peace on Earth, and goodwill to all. Our work of creating business solutions to poverty makes a critical contribution to peacekeeping.

With your support, we create opportunities for social inclusion and both household and community cohesion, and work to ensure that the tools to build sustainable livelihoods are made available to marginalized individuals and their families.

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Oct
23

Convention 2017 - Building Bridges to Enduring Livelihoods

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Considered one of the top five worldwide cities for livability and quality of life, this bustling city on the Pacific coast is an exciting place to host our #MEDACon2017. This fall, MEDA is hosting Business as a Calling: Building Bridges to Enduring Livelihoods. What could be better than world-renowned speakers, fine dining, tours of local businesses and times for networking with emerging and seasoned leaders alike?

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Oct
17

Samantha Nutt: doctor, humanitarian & author

SamNuttEditIn this TEDtalk, Dr. Samantha Nutt, founder of the international humanitarian organization War Child, explores the global arms trade -- and suggests a bold, common sense solution for ending the cycle of violence. "War is ours," she says. "We buy it, sell it, spread it and wage it. We are therefore not powerless to solve it."

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Oct
17

Interview with a development worker: GROW's Karen Walsh

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Katie West: Let’s start with something easy. What is GROW?

Karen Walsh: GROW is a food security program that is looking at changing the lives of over 20,000 women and their families. The goal is to provide consistent access to food throughout the year – in every season.

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Sep
18

SSBVC: Let's Listen to Local Leaders

b2ap3_medium_Jackma2 MEDASometimes, you don’t have to recreate the wheel.

At MEDA, we do our best to partner with already functioning entities and systems. Why start from scratch when you don’t have to?Our Strengthening Small Business Value Chains (SSBVC) project in Tanzania is one such example. Before we began working in Tanzania, we saw the potential of existing lead firms and decided to support and strengthen the business systems that were already in place and demonstrating how they could improve supply chains.

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Aug
11

High Commission of Canada Visits GROW

bibeauedit1Ghana has emerged as one of Africa’s economic success stories, with steady economic growth in its agriculture and mining sectors.

Ghana and Canada have had a long and prosperous relationship, with Ghana being one of the first nations in Africa to establish diplomatic ties with Canada. 

On July 8, 2017, MEDA’s Greater Rural Opportunities for Women (GROW) project in Ghana was pleased to welcome the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Development and La Francophonie to view GROW and share information on the challenges faced by women and girls in remote northern areas of the country.

 

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