Kerala is famous for modeling positive results in education and health care, through decentralised governing strategies and stemming the flow of the rural poor to urban slums through rural enhancement programmes. The State’s long history of enlightened society building is a model for less overdeveloped societies and a signal to overconsumptive societies about what is possible with relatively modest means.
In its capacity as an NGO, COSTFORD primarily seeks to change the social, economic, and political position of the marginalised and disadvantages groups in society. To this end, COSTFORD draws on the expertise and experience of a spectrum of talent in serving in an advocacy capacity relating to societal challenges, helping empower poor communities, conducting research and development activities, assisting with local level development and planning, promoting the transfer of appropriate technology, assisting with human resource development, conducting studies relating to a range of societal concerns, disseminating information, and serving in a consultancy capacity.
Especially in rural communities:
To introduce new occupation, means and modes of production on the basis of newer knowledge of technology, as relate to the locally available resources and undertake field trials and training to ensure the emergence of viable professions for the unemployed and underemployed in the villages.
To provide a channel for laboratory scientists and technologists to interact with rural life and its realities thus enabling them to learn from the accumulated knowledge of the villagers’ traditional methods, so that the scientific basis of such knowledge of the ages is understood and its technological improvements attempted.
To provide a forum for rural innovators to interact with science and technology experts, so that they imbibe the scientific method in their work, when appropriate, and encourage the multiplication of innovative endeavours.
To collect information, and prepare documentation and dissemination of the results of scientific and technological experiments and research which provide techniques and processes having the potential of benefiting the villages.
To undertake adaptive research and development programmes aimed at designing the technology suitable to locally available raw materials and skills.
To conduct short term training programmes for rural people to enable them to have gainful employment.
To disseminate scientific information of relevance to villagers and women through brochures, booklets, monographs, films and other audio-visual aids.
To formulate block-level plans and district development plans by preparing resource inventories of the block and district and identifying the less privileged. .
To survey development potential and needs in different economic sectors of different blocks and districts.
These Aims and Objectives are modified, as appropriate, in addressing the housing and community needs of slum residents in rehabilitation projects.