Our Focus


We’re promoting, advocating, innovating, and partnering for inclusive and effective climate action.  

Developing responses to climate change

Climate change is humanity’s defining challenge of the 21st century, with its negative impacts are disproportionately affecting marginalized communities around the world. We’re supporting livelihood resilience and adaptation by and for marginalized communities affected by climate change and engaging strategic partnerships to promote knowledge, expertise, and influence in developing responses. 

Why advancing climate action matters


estimated people will be at risk of displacement by drought alone by 2030. Communities are  experiencing the significant impacts of climate change, which include changing weather patterns, rising sea level, and more extreme weather events. The poorest and most vulnerable people are being affected the most. The pace of change is quickening as more people are turning to renewable energy and a range of other measures that will reduce emissions and increase adaptation efforts.  


Taking urgent action to combat climate change and its devastating impacts is therefore an imperative to save lives and livelihood, and key to making the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Goals, a reality. 


Sustainable Development Goal calls for urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts. We are working with our partners and communities in 17 countries to gain a better understanding of key climate issues and ways to address them.  


of the world’s population is already being affected by climate change. This calls for long-term change in attitudes and behaviours to end poverty, fight inequality and tackle climate change by 2030. 

Projects That Work

Tackling climate change and its impact on the communities where we work involves our partners, staff, and volunteersIt’s a commitment we champion proudly.   

Tackling Poverty through Canadian Engagement

Our vision of a world free of poverty means everyone has a role to play. Our highly skilled volunteers advise and consult with organizations in developing countries to make real and lasting impacts. With an emphasis on gender equality and the goal of reaching 1.8 million people over the next seven years (2020-27) in Benin, Cameroon, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Honduras, Jamaica, Nigeria, Peru, and Tanzania, our Volunteer for Development Program will send Canadian volunteers to help our local partners advance the Strategic Development Goals.

Working with Indigenous Youth in Northern Canada

Cuso International volunteers work alongside Indigenous communities in the Northwest Territories to address low graduation rates, improve education outcomes and promote truth and reconciliation with non-Indigenous citizens. Our Canadian Program also seeks to remove barriers to online learning among First Nations, Métis and Inuit secondary school students.

Creating Opportunities for Migrants and Victims of Conflict in Colombia

An unstable social, economic and political environment has been challenging for Colombians seeking steady work, especially for Venezuelan Migrants in Colombia. In addition to strengthening the ability of local municipalities to design and implement inclusive employment programs and policies, Cuso International staff and volunteers are helping with skills training, technical workshops for small business owners, and diversity training for private sector companies. In 2019, our project was named most innovative in Colombia by the Colombian Presidential Agency for International Cooperation.

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada, through Global Affairs Canada, its donors and supporters.


Invest in lasting results

Your support helps reduce poverty and inequality by connecting communities in need with skilled volunteers who provide long-term support. A brighter future starts with you.