The Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) of women, men, youth, and children are CORD’s main instruments for implementing its strategy of motivating, mobilizing, and enabling communities to plan, execute, and evolve.These CBOs, especially the women’s groups, are the heart of CORD’s constituent programs and, around these CBOs, other program components evolve.
These CBOs, especially when registered legally, qualify to have direct access to funds from the government. Each CBO elects its President, Secretary, and if required, a Treasurer. They learn to conduct monthly meetings, maintain records of finances, delegate responsibilities, establish priorities, and resolve multiple issues. Their ownership in the CBO besides their active role in decision making and taking up responsibilities is established further by a small donation (called chanda) of Rs. 2 to Rs. 10 per month by each member.
Once these CBOs are nurtured in each village ward on various issues, one of the aims is to encourage them to participate in local self-governance, first in the Up-gram Sabha at each of the wards in a Panchayat, and then at the Gram Sabha (where all the wards in the specific Panchayat come together) of the Panchayat.