CUFA is an international development agency dedicated to combating poverty across the Asia-Pacific region. CUFA’s core programs focus on economic, education, enterprise and employment activities, all of which enable people to lift themselves out of poverty and strengthen their communities. Instead of giving hand-outs, CUFA works to provide the skills, knowledge and resources required for people to break out of poverty while offering ongoing support.

CUFA facilitates the creation of community banks, new micro-enterprises, employment placement programs and financial literacy education.  Its work helps individuals, families and communities create sustainable livelihoods and participate in their local economies, and it empowers people to imagine brighter futures for themselves.

CUFA is fully accredited by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade through the Australian Aid program, and a signatory to the Australian Council for International Development’s Code of Conduct.

Unique Approach

Our unique development approach centres on the individual with its impact extending to the whole community. Instead of just giving money, CUFA teaches people how to use it. We help entrepreneurs to develop small businesses, providing employment opportunities and retaining income within the village. We teach children from a young age how to save money so they are better equipped to save well and avoid debt when they grow up, and we provide the training and resources to foster ethical and inclusive financial services so that everybody in the village has the opportunity to save, regardless of their gender, ethnicity, mobility or relative wealth.

This approach increases the capacity of locals to lift themselves out of poverty, in effect, creating sustainable change to hundreds of thousands of people across the region.

Our vision & mission

We believe that by teaching people how to manage their money and providing access to financial services they can save for a brighter future.

Our story

We've delivered financial training and development programs to disadvantaged communities in the Asia-Pacific region for over 40 years. This is our story.

Assessing our performance

Overall, for every $1 of donor funding invested - $5.13 of value is created by our development programs. Read more about how our projects are creating a real change in the communities that we work in.

Our supporters

Without the generous support of our corporate partners and donors, the Australian Government and individuals we wouldn't have been able to create such lasting change across the Asia Pacific.

Our people

Our people are the heart of our work and our team of dedicated staff, Board and volunteers in Australia, Cambodia, Fiji, Myanmar and Timor-Leste work tirelessly delivering our life-changing development programs.

Working for CUFA

We are proud that 100% of our staff are recruited locally. As a small and energetic organisation, we’re looking for staff who are interested in making a real difference to the lives of others.

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