Our Philosophy

We believe in the potential of all people and we trust that with the right knowledge, skills and experience, people will find ways to provide for their families, build strong communities, and effect positive social change for future generations.

WUSC provides education and training to improve livelihoods, balance inequities, integrate vulnerable communities, promote health and foster social and economic development.


Our Values

Integrity:
We build accountability measures into all of our initiatives and offer transparent reporting.

Leadership:
Our programs actively promote leadership and a sense of ownership among participants.

Inclusion:
We take a people-centered approach to development, respecting the contributions and honouring the diversity of volunteers, staff, partners, and beneficiaries.

Reciprocity:
We acknowledge that our work is only one step in the development process. We provide educational and skill-building opportunities to people and partners who will use their knowledge and skills to support human development in their communities and nations.

Sustainability:
We use an evidence-based approach to develop initiatives that produce measurable, sustainable results. We are temporary actors and focus our framework and methods on sustainability.


Our Approach

WUSC’s approach to development is informed by decades of experience linking the right people together to facilitate the exchange of skills and knowledge necessary to improve living standards. WUSC’s work is informed by an understanding that:

Poverty results from a lack of influence, opportunities, capacities and knowledge by poor and otherwise disadvantaged people – including youth – in any society;
 
Poverty is experienced in different ways by women and men, and people of different ages, languages, ethnicities, classes, and abilities – among other factors;
 
Realizing the full rights and participation of particularly disadvantaged and vulnerable people is a central development challenge;
 
Influence and participation can best be exercised through inclusive political institutions, a multiplicity of voluntary community and wider civil society organizations and movements, and competitive and inclusive markets;
 
Civil society, the private sector and government all have critical roles to play in addressing the barriers to full participation of poor and marginalized people. However, distorted incentives and inadequate capacities within and between government, the private sector and civil society often limit their ability to improve social services and expand market and employment opportunities;
 
Timely, targeted and strategic support from Canadians can help to build the capacities of local government departments, civil society organizations and movements, and enterprises and business associations – and the relationships between them – in ways that enhance the influence, participation and opportunities of poor and marginalized people.