Centre for Development Service (CDS) has come a long way since its establishment in the late 1990s by a group of like-minded people in the district of Angul who wanted to work for the poor and the downtrodden by pooling local resources together. It was started as a small movement specifically aimed at addressing the local needs of the poor and the marginalized section of the society. In the absence of much resources emphasis was given mainly to empower the people so that they can demand their just rights from the people. This small effort did not go unnoticed by the local people who not only urged but also encouraged to work more for them. Encouraged by this spontaneous response it was decided to give it a formal shape to make the intervention more effective and pooling the required resources. So all these people came under a single platform and christened it Centre for Development Services (CDS). Later in order to make the effort more effective it was decided to get a legal status for this small forum. Thus the organization was also registered under the relevant act as a voluntary organization. After the effort was formalized the organization has not looked back and it is working for reaching the broader objective of the organization.
To work for the empowerment of the people, especially the poor and marginalized so that they can undertake the development agenda on their own.
CDS environs a society which is based on an egalitarian principle in which the poorest of the poor is also assured the right to survival and a society in which all the people have access to equal opportunity without discrimination on grounds of caste, class, race, religion or region.
Our strategy is to empower the people and make them aware regarding their rights and duties so that they take care of the development process on their own.
The real strength of the organisation is the people and stakeholders who have extended their unqualified support to the organisation in every respect.
Geographical area of operation
The geographical area of operation of the organization is throughout the state of Odisha. At present it is working primarily in Angul district along with capital city of Bhubaneswar. Besides that it has also worked in some parts of khordha, Cuttack & Kendrapada district of Odisha.
Key areas of involvement
Livelihood, Health & Sanitation, Governance & Capacity Building, Environment, Education, Agriculture, Women Empowerment, Disaster Management, Transparency & Accountability.