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Waterloo, ON, March 13, 2020 -- The safety and health of our staff and partners is our top priority. MEDA has been closely monitoring the global response to the COVID-19 outbreak, with regular risk assessments and tiered response plans. As the situation has rapidly evolved our Security Management Committee has recommended the following: MEDA will adopt a work from home preferred (WFH-P) protocol for North American offices and a work from home optional (WFH-O) protocol for our country project offices.

Both of these protocols take effect March 16, 2020.

This is a challenging time and is unprecedented in our organizational history. But this is not the first crisis MEDA has faced, and it won’t be the last.

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Waterloo, ON, January 31, 2020 - In 2015, UN Member States set 17 goals to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This 15-year plan is a, “universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and improve the lives and prospects of everyone, everywhere.”

These Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) recognize that all countries – developed and developing – need to work together to act on strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, tackle climate change and invest in economic growth.

Waterloo, ON, January 30, 2020 – MEDA is pleased to announce the appointment of Orvie Bowman as Chief Financial and Investment Officer (CFIO). The CFIO is a member of MEDA’s Executive Leadership Team and provides strategic leadership to achieve MEDA’s financial, investment and legal goals.

Upon being offered the role with MEDA, Orvie expressed that he is, “honoured and thrilled to join the great team at MEDA” and that he is, “energized by MEDA’s mission and vision to create, sustain and innovate.”

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Kathmandu, Nepal, January 17, 2020 - Finance Minister Yuvraj Khatiwada has said that inclusive investment is necessary for the development and prosperity of the country. In a program on 'mixed economy and gender friendly investment' organized by the Samriddhi Foundation on Monday, he suggested banks and financial institutions to increase investment in the domestic and medium enterprises.

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Kilimanjaro, Kenya, January 9, 2020 - As a company engaged in the production of premium flavouring ingredients, its high standards and eco-friendly methods have helped the products reach a global network, according to a press release issued by the company.

Today it is delivered to specialty manufacturers, gourmet restaurants and home chefs in the US, Europe, Asia and Africa. This includes its main product line – vanilla pods and extracts.

HRH Princess Basma visits MEDAHRH Princess Basma attends a ceremony on Thursday at the Zaha Cultural Centre highlighting Jordan Valley Links, an enterprise development project that supports 25,000 entrepreneurial women and youth in the Jordan Valley (Petra photo)

Amman, Jordan, December 7, 2019: HRH Princess Basma on Thursday commended the achievements made by Jordan Valley Links, an enterprise development project for women and youth in the Jordan Valley, in its work that focuses on food processing, community tourism and the use of clean technologies. 

During a ceremony held at the Zaha Cultural Centre, Princess Basma drew attention to the importance of the project, which targets women and youth, highlighting Jordanian women’s capabilities and the potential they can reach with support, empowerment and training, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

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Taking the Leap was the focus of MEDA’s 2019 Business as a Calling convention in Tucson, Arizona.
The four-day event featured stories from pastors, entrepreneurs, MEDA clients and start-up companies.
Pastor and author Tim Dearborn encouraged attendees to view their work in business as a spiritual calling, recognizing that profit is a means rather than an end.

Dr. Dorothy Nyambi speaks in Lancaster PA

Lancaster, PA, September 21, 2019: Ask Dr. Dorothy Nyambi why she left the medical field to become CEO of Mennonite Economic Development Associates, and she offers a simple, yet understandable, analogy.

Picture of Nancy Mann talking to crowd of women empowering women attendees

The Waterloo Region chapter of Women Empowering Women (WEW) meets quarterly to nurture connections and friendships, to be inspired and to raise funds that support women in developing economies. As an auxiliary group of Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA), it supports MEDA’s international work of “helping women move into more valued and equitable roles in their economies.”

Greater Rural Opportunities for Women Ghana

Waterloo, ON, June 5, 2019 - MEDA is proud to present the GROW Learning Series. After successfully concluding the Greater Rural Opportunities for Women (GROW) project in Ghana, our team of experts have curated a collection of learning opportunities, tools, best practice, and next steps from the economic development sector to inform and inspire practitioners, private sector actors and government partners alike.

Ethiopian Client Metasebia Asfaw works on his gemstones.

Waterloo, ON, June 27, 2020  – Today, MEDA is proud to commemorate the United Nations’ Micro-, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Day. This day was chosen by the United Nations General Assembly to recognize the importance of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) to local and global economies in addition to their contribution to sustainable economic development.

Mr Robert Austin (left) presenting the MoU to the leader of the nursery operators, Ms Joyce Mensah

Ghana, June 4, 2019 - The Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA), a faith-based international development organisation based in Canada, has, in collaboration with its partners in Ghana, signed a partnership agreement with small and medium-scale cashew crop nursery operators in five regions to produce seedlings for farmers at a subsidised price of 50 per cent.

Dr. Dorothy Nyambi

Waterloo, ON, June 3, 2019 - More than 60 years after it was originally formed to assist Mennonite dairy farmers in Paraguay, the scope and size of projects that MEDA (Mennonite Economic Development Associates) is involved in have grown consistently.