In the Global Development Awards Competition 2015, the Chinmaya Organisation for Rural Development (CORD) won the first prize, known as the ‘Japanese Award for Most Innovative Development Project’, for its work in visibly institutionalizing and empowering poor, marginal and small women farmers in Kangra district in Himachal Pradesh. This award has been instituted by the Global Development Network (GDN).
This year the competition received 268 expressions of interest from 57 developing countries and finally, 174 submissions were submitted to GDN. Multiple stage reviews, discussions and site visits were conducted with CORD before taking it to the final stage. The final selection of the winner of the competition was made by the eminent jury members at GDN’s 16th Annual Development Conference in Morocco between 11th and 13th June 2015.
Narender Paul represented CORD and received the first prize during the closing ceremony of this conference on the evening of 13th June. This was a wonderful event attended by over 300 practitioners globally in the field of development. The winning entries also presented their proposals at the conference. Narender worked with great dedication, devotion and commitment to bring the team’s hard work and CORD’s vision to others effectively.
With Param Pujya Gurudev’s grace and blessings, and Pujya Guruji’s love and support, the sevaks of CORD are inspired on the path of service to reach out to the unreached in rural India.