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Waterloo, ON – MEDA celebrates International Development Week and Canada’s history of providing development assistance around the world. From February 7th to 13th under the theme of “Go for the Goals”, it will highlight the important role that Canada plays in improving issues like gender equality, health, and climate change, and contributing to the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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January 27th, 2021, Waterloo, ON - MEDA launches its Jordan Valley Links (JVL) project learning series today. This learning series will share key lessons from the JVL project and stories of aspiring entrepreneurs in a region that faces multiple obstacles in business, including limited access to markets and business development services or finance. By partnering with the private sector, JVL aims to increase the contributions of 25,000 women and youth to Jordan’s economy by providing them with access to finance, training, and mentorship.

MEDA is pleased to announce Derek Cameron as our new Senior Vice President, Global Programs! 

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Waterloo, ON, November 25, 2020 – MEDA joins with its international counterparts for the UNiTE by 2030 to End Violence Against Women campaign on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. This campaign amplifies the call for global action to bridge funding gaps, ensure essential services for survivors of violence during the COVID-19 crisis, focus on prevention, and collection of data that can improve life-saving services for women and girls. 

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WATERLOO, ON – October 27, 2020 – As part of its COVID-19 Recovery and Resilience Program, the Mastercard Foundation has partnered with Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) under a new two-year program to support Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the agribusiness space in Senegal.

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WATERLOO, On – Le 27 octobre 2020 – Dans le cadre de son Programme de Rétablissement et de Résilience de la COVID-19, la Mastercard Foundation s’est associée à Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) dans le cadre d’un nouveau programme de deux ans visant à soutenir les micro, petites et moyennes entreprises (PME) dans le secteur agroalimentaire au Sénégal.

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[Port-au-Prince] The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announces its new, four-year, $12 million Atteindre (Attain) project to help small local businesses in Haiti access support to develop business plans, access bank loans, become formalized, and acquire the skilled labor they need to become profitable businesses. The United States government, via the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), will partner with the Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) to help 30,000 informal micro-, small-, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) grow and create jobs.

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We are now past the 100-day mark of the COVID-19 pandemic. MEDA has continued to keep our focus on delivering impactful results. While our North American operations remain in work-from-home status, our country offices are in varying stages of return to work – only where it is deemed safe and permissible. Thankfully all our staff remain healthy and safe. MEDA’s work is as important, if not more relevant than ever. This pandemic not only impacts the livelihoods of vulnerable people, it threatens food supply chains. This is where your support has helped us have great impact over the years, this is where you can continue to help us make an impact.

On Friday, July 17, 2020, MEDA received notification from Blackbaud that they discovered and stopped a ransomware attack which occurred in May of 2020. Raiser’s Edge, a product owned by Blackbaud, is a system that MEDA has used for many years to store our donor data.  A copy of a backup file was stolen and Blackbaud paid the ransom to get it back. They have received assurances that the data was deleted, and they have assured us that it has not appeared on the public internet in the intervening time. 

Leaders in the field

July 16, 2020, Waterloo, ON – MEDA is proud to announce the publication of a new study commissioned by the Canadian Food Security Policy Group (FSPG). The FSPG chose to include MEDA’s Ghana GROW (Greater Rural Opportunities for Women) project to showcase how inclusive agricultural programming creates a more gender equitable world. As part of this policy group, MEDA contributed project learnings to the FSPG case studies which showcased how well-planned, inclusive agricultural development projects can not only improve food security and livelihoods, but also empower women and girls, and improve climate resilience.

July 1, 2020 – Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) announced the launch of the Emerging Markets Impact Investment Fund (EMIIF). The consortium is led by Sarona Asset Management as EMIIF’s Investment Manager. Other members of the consortium include MEDA who will provide technical assistance to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) while Volta Capital will provide technical assistance to SME Funds and financial intermediaries.

Gender Equality and COVID19


The scale and scope of COVID19 have caused changes that were unimaginable only months ago. Entire global systems have shifted.

But even as organizations, governments and businesses have responded, there is another threat: the threat that the needs of excluded populations will be disregarded once again and the gains we have made in fostering an equitable world will be unraveled.

We stand with partners and our clients - the women and men who run businesses around the world. We are committed to maintaining our market-based approach to creating inclusive economic opportunities with the firm belief that this will create lasting and sustainable change. That is why we are reinforcing our commitment to 10 key principles to keep us on track:


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OTTAWA, ON – April 6, 2020 – On behalf of over 180 organizations, the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) and four partner coalitions presented an open letter to the Honourable Karina Gould, Minister of International Development, calling for international cooperation to be a part of Canada’s COVID-19 response. 

“To keep Canadians safe, we need to address and eliminate the disease wherever it is in the world,” said Nicolas Moyer, CEO of CCIC. “By lending our expertise and support to communities around the world, we can defeat COVID-19.”