CORD’s case study on inclusive and sustainable rural development in India

Narender Paul


A model of empowering rural communities in 700 villages in four States of India to asses, analyzes, prioritize, plan and implement effectively people’s solutions to the problems. Catering to their aspirations is central to CORD’s approach in integrated rural development since 1985. Community Based Organization (CBOs) of all age groups and both the sexes work in convergence with Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) acts as fulcrum in holistic ‘process oriented’ approach to address diverse issues on health, disability, women empowerment, micro-credit and financial literacy, gender, social justice, livelihood, education, natural resource management and local self governance in rural areas.

When communities evolve through such an active role/participation, programmes eventually get designed synergistically with the community and become multi-faceted with growing ownership and responsibilities in the communities. The evolution of CORD’s programme with its multiple components is rooted in ideas generated and driven by the people themselves where beneficiaries turn into resource persons for its viability, scalability, multiplier effects and sustainability.

Over the years, CORD has distinguished in capturing field experiences based on its core principles of active participation, integration, networking and sustainability. CORD works in different issues through its self-participatory and service delivery programme in holistic manner. It converts them into a systematic body of information and knowledge, meaningful and relevant to the people, development practitioners and policy planners for transforming the grassroots in rural India.

Keywords: Participation, Integration, sustainability, ownership, multiplier effects, scalability

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