ABOUT CUSO INTERNATIONAL

A force for change in an ever-changing world.

Cuso International is a development organization that works to reduce poverty and inequality through the efforts of highly skilled volunteers, collaborative partnerships and compassionate donors.

OUR VISION

A world where all people are able to realize their potential, develop their skills and participate fully in society

OUR MISSION

Working in inclusive partnerships to eradicate poverty through equitable and sustainable development

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OUR VALUES

Partnership: We believe in the power of people. We employ a people-centred approach to development and the challenge of overcoming poverty and inequality. We support our partners by allowing them to drive their own development. We recognize that we all have a stake in effective development, and we seek to build on each other’s capabilities.

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Respect and Integrity: We value diversity. We recognize and care about the rights and dignity of others. We strive to live up to our commitments, to be fair and transparent in our work, and to act consistently in applying our principles.

Accountability: We take responsibility for our actions and proactively demonstrate that we work with and on behalf of others. We perform consistently to standards and seek to achieve and inspire excellence. We are dedicated to continually drawing from our experience, sharing knowledge and applying it to improve our work.

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UNLOCKING HUMAN POTENTIAL FOR MORE THAN 50 YEARS

In 1961, our volunteers were university students who played more of a service role – filling skill gaps in developing countries. Today, our focus is on building skills and transferring knowledge to bring positive lasting change. Our volunteers are professionals who have the skills, knowledge and experience needed to improve lives and empower communities.

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