The Organisation for the Development of People (ODP) of Mysore has been established to bring about an integrated human development of the socially and economically disadvantaged, the underprivileged and the marginalized sections of Society. Since its inception, ODP has worked towards bringing about changes in society for the better. It evokes changes in people’s unhealthy attitudes and inappropriate social value systems. ODP’s vision is just, peaceful and prosperous individuals and communities without any discrimination on the basis of caste, creed or race. Their Programs include the following:
Women Empowerment Program (WEP): The Women Empowerment Program is one of the earliest programs of ODP that was initiated in the year 1988-1989. Over the last three decades, ODP has been able to organise, mobilize, empower and build leadership in about 40 thousand women from 2,186 women Self Help Groups (SHGs) in four districts of Karnataka.
Good Governance Program: The program aims to strengthen the SUGRAMA federations of elected women representatives (EWRs) in panchayats and enable them towards action for good governance through developing their knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence. The project is implemented in 3 districts, 4 taluks and 69 GP with 410 SUGRAMA EWRs.
Natural Resource Management Program: To enable small and marginal farmers to adopt improved cropping patterns and sustainable agricultural practices for drought proofing to result in better crop yields in dry and arid areas, watershed project have been implemented. Implementation of these projects have resulted in an increase in productivity in the agriculture sector.
Academics: The Organisation for the Development of People (ODP) is a growing centre for learning, sharing and knowledge dissemination. It is a hub for academicians, institutions and government officers for understanding social development perspectives in the context of Women Empowerment, Natural Resource Management, Protection of Children, Alternate Renewable Energy, and Sustainable Agriculture.