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The Institute for Community Organisation Research (ICOR) is a non-profit organisation established in 1989 and registered under the Society Registration Act 1860, and the Bombay Public Trust Act 1950. The primary goal of ICOR is to come up with a body of knowledge indigenous to India and its culture that will enable the empowerment of grassroots workers / non-governmental organisations (NGOs) / community-based organisations (CBOs) in the field of human development. Towards this end, ICOR is mandated to focus on:

  • Undertaking empirical research, including secondary analysis of available data, on fundamental concepts relevant to human development including studies of organisations, personnel, and people involved either as benefactors or beneficiaries or initiators of the human development process

  • Developing models of monitoring and evaluating studies in the field of human development

  • Documenting and disseminating information to individuals and organisations involved in the pursuit of human development

  • Training in research and social analytical skills

  • Collaborating and networking with other organisations in training, research and community building activities that will further the understanding and practice of human development



ICOR has adopted the following nine-point thrust which may be classified under three headings:


Target Group

  • Work with and for people's organisations, NGOs and CBOs

  • Networking through and with like-minded organisations to further the ICOR thrust

  • Collaborate with those committed to people's empowerment


Works relating to:

  • Concepts relevant to community organisation

  • Global trends relevant to community organisation

  • Processes at work in various organisations, and especially people's organisations, NGOs and CBOs

  • Seminars and training programmes flowing from these works and addressed to specific groups and bodies



  • Documentation that is specific and service-oriented

  • Periodic publication of research papers in addition to other publications

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