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CUSO, founded 6 June 1961 as Canadian University Service Overseas, is a Canadian non-profit organization that aids in the development of third-world countries. June 6 is the 157th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (158th in leap years), with 208 days remaining // 1508 - Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor, is defeated in Friulia by Venetian forces; he is forced to sign a three-year truce and cede several territories to Venice 1513... 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1961 calendar). ... A nonprofit organization (abbreviated NPO, or non-profit or not-for-profit) is an organization whose primary objective is to support an issue or matter of private interest or public concern for non-commercial purposes. ... Human development theory is an economic theory that merges older ideas from ecological economics, sustainable development, welfare economics, and feminist economics. ...  High human development Medium human development Low human development Unavailable The terms First World, Second World, and Third World can be used to divide the nations of Earth into three broad categories. ...


CUSO was founded as a university-based organization recruiting recently graduated students for volunteer service around the world. Soon, however, non-students were also being recruited and the original name altered to Canadian University Service Overseas. Ultimately, with an increasing focus on trades as well as professions and indeed a longstanding policy of attempting to move from volunteerism to project aid, the word "university" was dropped altogether in 1979 and "CUSO" ceased to be an acronym.


It was in its first decades roughly analogous to the Peace Corps of the United States and Voluntary Service Overseas of the UK and was established at roughly the same time. However, unlike the Peace Corps, it was never a government agency although it began receiving federal government funding in 1965 and since 1968 the Canadian International Development Agency has provided most of CUSO's core funding. Peace Corps volunteers usually serve for two years. ... Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) is an international development charity that works through experienced volunteers living and working as equals alongside local partners. ... The Canadian International Development Agency is a Canadian government agency which administers foreign aid programs in developing countries. ...


Today, CUSO is Canada's largest volunteer sending organization, committed to promoting social justice in approximately 25 countries in Africa, Latin America, South-east Asia and the Pacific. CUSO volunteers, called cooperants, are professionals recruited from both Canada and developing countries. Cooperants build capacity of local partner organizations (usually NGO's, networks and governments), by sharing information, human and material resources, and promoting policies for developing global sustainability. Areas of CUSO programming are AIDS, environmental protection, community economic development and inclusive governance. Social justice refers to conceptions of justice applied to an entire society. ... This article is about the syndrome. ... Environmental movement is a term often used for any social or political movement directed towards the preservation, restoration, or enhancement of the natural environment. ... Community Economic Development (CED) is action taken locally by a community to provide economic opportunities and improve social conditions in a sustainable way. ...


External links

  • CUSO website
  • SUCO website

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CUSO - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (280 words)
CUSO, founded 6 June 1961 as Canadian University Students Overseas, is a Canadian non-profit organization that aids in the development of third-world countries.
CUSO was founded as a university-based organization recruiting recently graduated students for volunteer service around the world.
With CUSO's steadily decreasing emphasis on volunteerism -- it has for long been semi-facetiously described as politically correcting itself out of existence -- other organizations such as Voluntary Service Overseas have commensurately involved itself in recruiting volunteers in Canada and eleswhere.
CUSO (506 words)
CUSO (formerly Canadian University Services Overseas), is a nongovernment international development organization best known for placing skilled Canadians in 2-year postings to provide technical assistance in emerging nations.
Instead, CUSO is filling requests for tradespeople, agriculturalists, foresters, fisheries workers, and those skilled in small business, co-operatives and community development as well as the more traditional fields of health and education.
CUSO also administers overseas projects for other international development organizations and has been active in helping to establish local nongovernment organizations - NGOs - in developing countries which can eventually manage their own affairs without external assistance.
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