“Conception of Self-help Groups and Experiences of CORD”, a Conversation with Dr. Kshama Metre

  • DATE / TIME:
    2015•05•21    18:30 - 19:30

    On 21 May UNU will host “Conception of Self-help Groups and Experiences of CORD”, a conversation with Dr. Kshama Metre, National Director and Trustee of the Chinmaya Organisation for Rural Development (CORD), India. This event will start at 6:30 PM at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo.

    Through its core mission of facilitating integrated and sustainable development in rural India, CORD initiates vibrant self-help group (SHG) programmes that focus on gender, finance, healthcare and rehabilitation, environment and local governance.

    Dr. Kshama Metre will join UNU Rector David M. Malone for a conversation exploring the term ‘self-help group’ and the diverse ways SHGs have empowered the poor globally, particularly women. From the perspective of CORD’s more than two decades of experience building SHGs in India, the conversation will look at the roles of SHGs in the provision of services that rely on social rather than physical collateral, and why this approach has been acclaimed worldwide.

    The conversation will be followed by a miniature painting demonstration and exhibition with Mr. Shivank, a speech- and hearing-impaired artist from the CORD-supported self-help group Chinmaya Prayas, a collective of young artists who have learned to paint in the Kangra style to enhance their livelihoods and independence. Kangra miniature paintings are unique in their delicate lines, brilliant colours and minute, decorative details focusing on the theme of love and its sentiments.

    Mr. Shivank’s paintings will be available for purchase before (from 17:00) and after the conversation. His paintings will also be exhibited from 11:00–16:00 on 19–22 May in the UNU 2F gallery space.

    The UNU Conversation Series aims to foster audience participation: you are encouraged to engage with the speakers during the conversation and at the reception that will follow, where all audience members are invited to enjoy the food and drinks that will be served while exchanging ideas and making new contacts.

    Please note that this event will be in English only; Japanese interpretation will not be provided. Advance registration (by 20 May) is required. Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration page.

    About the speaker

    Dr. Kshama Metre is the National Director and Trustee of CORD, India. She received her master’s degree in pediatric medicine from Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi in 1979. She worked in Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital, New Delhi for many years and later had a successful pediatric practice in Delhi, which she left to join CORD at its inception in 1985.

    Based on community experiential learning, she was able to develop CORD’s programmes from an isolated health programme to a scalable and replicable model of comprehensive integrated rural development in over 564 villages in Kangra district, Himachal Pradesh. Since 2005, CORD has been working in 150 villages of other states in India, including Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Punjab and Uttarakhand.

    Dr. Metre is an eminent member of various committees and institutions locally and nationally. She has received numerous national and international awards, including the 2008 Padam Shri Award (President of India), the 2012 Guardian International Development Achievement Award (The Guardian UK), the 2002 National Women’s Commission Award, the 2000 National Ojaswini Award and 1993 Woman of the Year (“The Week” magazine, India).


    2F Reception Hall
    United Nations University
    53-70, Jingumae 5-chome
    Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8925