In the Nineties, Cesvi begins to pay attention to Asia where most of people live and where “transitions” and transformations are ongoing, paving the way for development processes. Whole social sectors are excluded from these processes. The first intervention in Asia, focused on children and women’s health, is in the country the members of Cesvi had been closest to: Vietnam.
And then Cesvi faces a new challenge in Thailandia, by means of a project taking whole communities of fishermen out of poverty and desperation.
In 1997 Cesvi is the first western Ngo to work in North Korea and, in 2001, it is the first Italian Ngo to operate in Myanmar. From 1998 Cesvi has been working in Laos.