Building a more just and sustainable world together.

Cuso International’s work is driven by its strategic plan. Our three focus areas include: Community, livelihood and health.


At Cuso International, we believe that for communities to thrive, children need to be protected, and men and women must enjoy the same human rights and be given the same opportunities to participate in decisions that affect their lives.

Priorities include

  • Access to justice
  • Accountability and Transparency
  • Citizen participation
  • Gender equality
  • Governance


Healthy people are better able to work, learn, take care of their families and participate in their community’s development. But access to health care remains a challenge for people living in poverty, in remote areas, or who are excluded because of race, gender or class.

Cuso International volunteers and partners work together to improve access  to basic services.

Priorities include

  • Maternal, newborn and child health
  • Quality health services


Global economic challenges, such as food security and employment, ecological risks like climate change, and discrimination based on gender, disproportionately affect men, women and children living in poverty.

Through skilled volunteers and collaborative partnerships, Cuso International is working to help people and the communities in which they live become more self-sufficient and resilient.

Priorities include

  • Education and skills training to improve employability
  • Enterprise development and financing
  • Entrepreneurship support and training
  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Sustainable natural resource management and climate change adaptation
  • Value chains