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MEDA Recommendations for the Future of Canada's International Climate Finance

Tagged in Environment, Environment and Climate Change

MEDA Recommendations for the Future of Canada

MEDA – Mennonite Economic Development Associates – is an international economic development organization that creates business solutions to poverty. MEDA believes that the spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation can empower businesspeople of all income levels to act as leaders of environmentally responsible growth. We work with businesses and entrepreneurs, and local partners to promote the business case for good environmental management and addressing climate change.

Currently MEDA works in 76 countries with 26 active projects in Asia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. Most of MEDA’s clients are farmers, entrepreneurs and SMSE’s engaged within agricultural market systems and are experiencing the impacts of climate change firsthand. MEDA’s work brings a unique market systems approach to project design that integrates technical assistance and access to capital.

MEDA’s technical teams’ mainstream gender and social inclusion and environment and climate change within project design. This gives us valuable and up to date firsthand insight on the impacts of climate change and environmental degradation on the lives of the clients we work with in the Global South. The following response is the product of this insight.

Listening to Client Voices - Jordan Valley Links

Listening to Client Voices - Jordan Valley Links

A key question confronting funders and implementers is how to measure Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE). This technical brief presents guidance and learnings on how a project can collect behavior change data and monitor women’s economic empowerment projects.

Jordan Valley Links (JVL) is a five-year project (2016-2021), implemented with the generous support of Global Affairs Canada. The ultimate outcome of the project is to increase the contribution by women and youth to Jordan’s economic growth. JVL is supporting women and youth in the Jordan Valley in seizing new opportunities in targeted sectors, and ultimately to become strong economic actors.

Environmental Sustainability and Climate Resilience

Tagged in Environment and Climate Change

Environmental Sustainability and Climate Resilience
Our environment is changing at an unprecedented pace and much of this is brought about or exacerbated by human-related activity. Poor households are often the most vulnerable to environmental and climate change risks and have limited resources to rebuild after environmental disaster strikes. MEDA believes that the spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation can empower people of all income levels to act as leaders of environmentally-responsible growth. We promote the business case for environmental management to our clients, from micro-entrepreneurs to medium-sized businesses, helping them pursue sustainable growth that makes good business sense.