Historical Premise
 

CORD, as a volunteer organization committed to the cause of community development, is basically an expression of concern for the weaker section of the community and a sensitive response to the social segregation, economic exploitation, cultural alienation, etc. of those oppressive dehumanizing processes suffered by the poor. Though it emerged with a legal identity after its registration under Societies Registration Act, Karnataka (1960) in 1981, it was the culmination of the long cherished dream of a visionary who had extensive experience in the sphere of community development. It was on a quest to ensure total development for the poor, especially the tribals in the Southern part of Karnataka State in India, when CORD became an organization.

Governed by a body of people committed to the cause of social justice and human welfare together with professionals proficient in community development, CORD has been contributing to the cause of the socially and economically deprived with its well-conceived vision and mission through experimental and experiential processes.

Duly accredited with registration under Foreign Contribution Regulation Act by the Ministry of Home Affairs of the Government of India together with provisions of exemption under Sections 12 A and 80 G of Income Tax Act of the Governments of Karnataka and India respectively; CORD today is known nationally and internationally for its value based approach to development.

CORD has its base at Kushalnagar of Somwarpet in Coorg District. Located at a distance of about 240 kms from Bangalore, the State capital, it is well connected by road transport and is housed in its own infrastructure that has provisions such as space, vehicles, audio-visual equipment, etc., for training, documentation, research and all forms of innovative approaches to community development. By and far, CORD's strength rests on its personnel who are professionally qualified and endowed with every expertise.