Consortium for Trade and Development (Centad) is an independent, not-for-profit organization registered under the Indian Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860 vide certificate of Registration no S-53965 of 2005 on 10th October 2005. Centad had started its journey with policy research and advocacy issues around Trade and Development, Education & Skill Development and Environment- Climate change & Renewable Energy and has now taken a big leap towards Skill development in various industrial sectors and School Adoption programs.

Centad was associated with Oxfam GB between 2006 and 2009 and worked in the area of capacity building with a view to strengthen the ability of government and civil societies to make trade and development work for globalization.

We have stepped into the ‘Skill Development value chain’ with our latest initiative in Skill development, to contribute towards the transformation of our country into a diversified and globally-competent economy. All courses under this initiative will be aligned to the guidelines and benchmarks set up by authoritative agencies like the National Skill Development Corporation, Directorate General of Training (DGT), Sector Skill Councils (SSC) and the new skill development policy of the Ministry of skill development and entrepreneurship.

Our Mission

CENTAD, as an NGO, aims at influencing policies with a focus to drive gender neutral human resource development with an emphasis on overall socio-economic development. We believe that any change must involve a wide range of stakeholders including the academia, respective Governments, Corporates and the Civil Societies. We act as a bridge to close the divide between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have-nots’ by engaging and encouraging policy-makers in the areas we are currently focusing. We believe, positive change will begin only when we can simplify the complex clutter of trade, public health, education, environment and human development policies by an active advocacy and outreach programme in the form of capacity-building exercises, workshops, training programmes, sensitization workshops and scientific publications.

Our Vision

To enable every person to have an equal opportunity to achieve his/her fullest potential and participate and contribute in all aspects of life.


Our key objectives in the areas of Education, Skill Development and Environment- Climate change & Renewable Energy, Trade and human development is to work in the following areas:

  • To contribute significantly to the overall target of skilling / up-skilling/ re-skilling people in India by creating sustainable youth skilling programs for employment in industry and to foster entrepreneurship.
  • To provide vocational skills training and subsequent job opportunities to underprivileged youth from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • To conduct research and development and to communicate and facilitate interaction between various Government institutions and the public for their views and solutions.
  • To publish periodicals, brochures, dailies and study-papers and encourage, assist, guide and offer consultation for community capacity building and advocacy services.
  • To organise educational and training programmes and increase awareness about our core programmes through exhibitions, trade fairs, seminars and other forms of media.
  • Evaluate and assess impact of trade on select sectors.
  • Develop a web-based knowledge inventory on trade and development.