Community Research and Development Services (CORDS) is a voluntary organisation working in Northern Tanzania. It emerged out of a research project carried out in 1997 covering the four traditional Maasai pastoralist districts of Kiteto, Monduli, Ngorongoro and Simanjiro in Northern Tanzania. The project, titled Pastoralist Research and Development Project (PARDEP), found a need to establish a permanent body which would work to address development needs of the pastoral communities in Northern Tanzania and CORDS was duly formed.
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Some of the core targets for which CORDS was created were to address the security of tenure for key pastoral resources such as land, grazing, water and mineral resources; improved animal health and inclusion of pastoral communities in social development processes.
Currently CORDS works in the districts of Kiteto, Simanjiro in Manyara region and Monduli, Longido and Arumeru in Arusha region. After its registration as an NGO, CORDS initiated a set of activities that evolved out of felt needs of the local communities generated through a participatory approach. Such interventions addressed land demarcation and certification, land use planning, livestock development and women development.