Human Resource Development

- Skill development programs
- Skill upgradation programs
- Employability enhancement training
- Pre-test coaching for different competitive examinations.

An example of COSTFORD’s attention to research relating to best practices in effecting human resource development for political, economic, and societal change is Thrissur District’s response in 1998 to studies that indicated establishing programmes to assist women was a priority development consideration. To this end, the Stree Shakthi project was launched with the aid of NABARD, District Panchayath, DRDA, Social Welfare Department, Lead Bank, voluntary agencies and with COSTFORD as coordinator. Formation of Self Help Groups (SHGs) was a key feature of this poverty alleviate programme to empower women. By 2000, Stree Shakthi Kendram was established as a District-level resource centre for women.


  • Awareness programme on food adulteration, quality, control, etc. with assistance of a food inspector officer
  • Computer literacy
  • Annual International Women’s Day – rights of women presentations on such topics as Women and Power in the context of reservation for women in government and Cyber Crime
  • Legal rights of women seminar in association with the Women’s Commission, Trivandrum
  • Women and mental health in association with the Mental Hospital in Thrissur
  • Waste management and disease control in association with the Department of Sanitation
  • Women and health in association with the Medical College in Thrissur (several seminars over the past few years)
  • Legal awareness and women with special emphasis on Women’s Bill in association with Niyam Sameesha in Thrissur and the Legal Services Society in Thrissur
  • Problems of teenage girls in association with the Medical College in Thrissur
  • Women and depression presentations to 600 women in 8 batches in association with the Mental Health Department of the Medical College in Thrissur


  • Buyer/seller meetings with assistance of NABARD during Onam season for display of products manufactured by SHG members on COSTFORD premises
  • Participation in the IRDP trade fair with assistance of NABARD during Onam season
  • Participation in various industrial and other exhibitions conducted by the District Industries Centre, NABARD, and other agencies

    Stree Shakthi Kendram continues to support the empowerment of women through support of ongoing and new SHG programmes and activities.

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