Project profile — Cuso International - Volunteer Cooperation 2020-2027


Cuso International (CA-CRA_ACR-3811116813)
2020-04-15 - 2026-12-31
Global Affairs Canada
KFM Intl Dev Partnerships & Operations

Country / region 

• Ethiopia (10.53%)
• Jamaica (8.88%)
• Peru (10.08%)
• Tanzania (11.07%)
• Honduras (7.80%)
• Colombia (7.21%)
• Nigeria (11.56%)
• Cameroon (10.90%)
• Congo, Democratic Republic (11.07%)
• Benin (10.90%)


• Population Policies/Programmes And Reproductive Health: Reproductive health care (13020) (10.84%)
• Democratic participation and civil society:
Democratic participation and civil society (15150) (27.00%)
Human rights (15160) (11.14%)
Women's rights organisations and movements, and government institutions (15170) (11.23%)
• Other Social Infrastructure And Services: Employment policy and administrative management (16020) (18.30%)
• General Environmental Protection: Environmental education/training (41081) (10.89%)
• Unallocated/ Unspecified: Promotion of development awareness (99820) (10.60%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (principal objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (significant objective)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (significant objective)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (significant objective)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project aims to improve the economic and social well-being of the poorest, most marginalized and vulnerable people, especially women and girls, in developing countries, with a view to contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals. Through the support of 1,100 volunteer placements, it increases the participation of Canadians in international development and global issues and enhances the performance of 136 developing country partners to deliver more inclusive, innovative and environmentally sustainable development initiatives that promote gender equality. Partners include feminist organizations promoting women's economic empowerment, women's rights and the prevention of sexual and gender-based violence; national volunteer organizations promoting the social inclusion of marginalized groups in development efforts and the empowerment of women and girls ; youth associations that promote human rights, political participation of young women and marginalized groups as well as the sexual and reproductive health and rights of young women and girls; key professional associations that promote economic empowerment, rights and leadership of young women; and key climate change organizations that promote women's participation, climate change mitigation and adaptation measures and sustainable management of natural resources. Project activities include : (1) recruiting and training volunteers with a focus on gender equality; (2) providing technical assistance to partners in developing countries to strengthen knowledge, policies and processes to integrate a human rights-based and transformative approach to gender equality; (3) providing technical assistance to partners in developing countries to strengthen local, national and international coordination mechanisms, platforms, networks and alliances to advance gender equality agendas; (4) implementing a public engagement and knowledge-sharing strategy to engage Canadians and organizations on international development and gender equality issues, lessons learned and good practices; (5) establishing thematic funds to support sub-projects to maximize the impact and sustainability of technical assistance provided by volunteers; and (6) organizing multi-stakeholder meetings on policy and programming and support the development of knowledge and learning products.

Expected results 

The expected outcome for this project include: (1) increased performance of partners in developing countries in implementing development initiatives that are more inclusive, innovative and environmentally sustainable, and that advance gender equality; and (2) increased participation of Canadians in international development and key global issues.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2022 include: (1) 266 volunteer assignments to support of 94 local partners; (2) 75% of local partners improving and developing new initiatives that advance gender equality; (3) 90% of developing country partners improving organizational practices; and (4) 436,835 informed actions by Canadians to support international development.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $7,142,857
Planned disbursement $3,250,924
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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