BIRD, Lucknow organised a programme on Financial Inclusion 21.23 Jyly 2014
35th meeting of the Governing Council of BIRD-25 July 2014
2nd training programmes on "Corporate Governance"-14-16 July2014 conducted by BIRD , Lucknow
BIRD , Lucknow conducted 02 training programmes on "Corporate Governance"-14-16 July2014
3rd Lecture under BIRD Lecture Series delivered by Shri M.P. Vasimalai, ED, DHAN Foundation on 23 July 2014
BIRD, Bolpur Conducted Training Proramme for the newly recruited officers of the Bangiya Gramin Vikash Bank
BIRD, LUCKNOW celebrated 33rd Foundation Day of NABARD
BIRD, Lucknow organized a Training programme for Indian Economic Service( IES) Officers , GOI from 30June 2014 to 04 July 2014
BIRD, Lucknow organised MDP for APGB from 16-18 June 2014
“Workshop on Poverty Measurement Using Progress out of Poverty Index- 20 June 2014
Program on Financial Inclusion 02-04 June 2014
Academic Advisory & Syllabus Committee Meeting at BIRD Lucknow – 02 June 2014
Workshop on Financial Capability - By GIZ
Shri K.K. Gupta, Chief General Manager of Uttar Pradesh RO took additional charge of Director, BIRD, Lucknow
BIRD conducted an International Programme for SAARC Countries-18 to 21 March 2014
Ms. Jonna Bickel, Advisor NABARD-RFIP, GIZ, visited BIRD, Lucknow on 26 February 2014
Shri Ramesh Tenkil took over charge as Director, BIRD, Lucknow on 10 January 2014.
BIRD Lecture Series - 2nd Lecture delivered by Padmashree Alysius P. Fernandez - 24 January 2014
Training programme for RDB ShriLanka, 10-15 June 2013
Climate Change Adaptation - BIRD launches first programme
“BIRD Lecture Series”, launched with the First Lecture delivered by Prof. Dr. Hans Dieter Seibel on ‘International Experiences in Rural Finance – Learnings for India’.
National Seminar on Audit held on 17 and 18 October 2013 at BIRD , Lucknow
BIRD announces National Consultation on Role of Panchayati Raj Institutions in Livelihood Promotion
Exposure Study Visit of APRACA member countries to BIRD, Lucknow on micro finance for Agriculture
 
BIRD, Lucknow organised a programme on Financial Inclusion 21.23 Jyly 2014
BIRD, Lucknow, in collaboration with CAB, Pune ,organised a programme on Financial Inclusion for officers of the RRBs, Cooperative Banks and select NGOs from 21 to 23 July 2014. There were 42 participants from 8 RRBs, 11 Cooperative Banks and 3 NGOs representing 9 priority states. As part of the programme, they were taken to Sulakshapur village in Rahi Block of Raebareli district (Uttar Pradesh) to show them community model financial inclusion thorough Community Resource Persons of SHG Federation (called Sakshis like Bank Sakshi, Swasthya Sakshi etc.), mobile ATM, Samuha Rath and Financial Literacy Centre of Baroda UP Gramin Bank at Munshiganj. The trainees were truly amazed to see the level of financial literacy and empowerment of the women SHG members. The commitment shown and voluntary service extended by the Sakshis to the rural community was commendable. The programme was coordinated by Shri Maheswar Sahoo, FM BIRD Lucknow and Shri S V Sardesai, FM College of Agricultural Banking, Pune.
 
 
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35th meeting of the Governing Council of BIRD-25 July 2014
The 35th meeting of the Governing Council of BIRD (Society) was held on 25 July 2014 at its campus at Lucknow. The meeting was presided by Dr. Harsh Kumar Bhanwala, Chairman, NABARD and Chairman, Governing Council, BIRD and was attended by the following honourable members: a. Dr. H R Khan, Deputy Governor, RBI b. Shri SanjeebPatjoshi, IPS, Director,VAMNICOM c. Shri K.V.Shaji, Chairman, Kerala Gramin Bank d. Shri Y. Vijay Kumar, Principal, SBIRD e. Shri S C Kalia, ED, Union Bank of India (Retd) and f. Shri K.K.Gupta, Director, BIRD and Member Secretary Shri K.R.Nair, CGM, HRMD, NABARD, Shri Sunil Chawla, Joint Director, Shri J.Maharana, DGM/FM and Shri. Y. P. Aggarwal, Administrative Officer, BIRD attended the meeting as special invitees More Pics in Photo Gallery
 
 
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2nd training programmes on "Corporate Governance"-14-16 July2014 conducted by BIRD , Lucknow
participants of the second programme on "Corporate Governance
 
 
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BIRD , Lucknow conducted 02 training programmes on "Corporate Governance"-14-16 July2014
BIRD, Lucknow conducted 02 training programmes simultaneously on " Corporate Governance for Board of Directors of DCCBs" during 14-16 July 2014. In all 75 participants from different states attended the programme. Basic objective of the programme to make them aware of the 1. Need for adoption of appropriate governance structures and good governance norms and practices 2. Guidelines of the banking regulator and government on the establishment and functioning of different governance structures; 3. Basic tenets of good governance and their enforcement mechanism; 4. Code of conduct for Board of Directors 5. Various sub-committees of the Board, their duties & responsibilities and their functioning 5.Effective internal control systems, and 6.Board’s oversight of the bank’s business operations, budgeting, adherence to the banking laws and transparency in its financial and non-financial disclosures
 
 
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3rd Lecture under BIRD Lecture Series delivered by Shri M.P. Vasimalai, ED, DHAN Foundation on 23 July 2014
BIRD LECTURE SERIES – LECTURE ON ''MICRO INSURANCE '' BY SHRI M.P. VASIMALAI, ED, DHAN FOUNDATION The third lecture of ''BIRD Lecture Series'' was delivered by Shri M.P. Vasimalai, ED, DHAN Foundation on 23rd July 2014 in the Auditorium of BIRD, Lucknow on the topic '' Micro Insurance''. Shri Vasimalai is a pioneer of microfinance in India. His specialized areas are Community Organisation, Designing Development Interventions, Livelihood Promotion and Institutional Development. Under his leadership DHAN foundation has done pioneering and innovative interventions for the poorest sections of the society in 13 States of India in the areas of microfinance, micro insurance, community banking, rainfed agriculture, food security etc. Over 200 participants of various ongoing training programmes, comprising officials from Commercial Banks, Cooperative Banks, RRBs and NGOs, Officers of UP RO, NABARD and faculty and staff members of BIRD, Lucknow attended the lecture. Shri Vasimalai in his address, observed that micro insurance is one of the pillars of financial inclusion. He focused on various aspects of micro insurance and emphasized that for micro insurance to be successful it has to be essentially customized to the local and micro needs of the rural people through innovative designing of the product package. To get the benefits of insurance from big insurance companies the poor must be organized into groups and federations to have a sizable number which gives them the bargaining power to get micro insurance products suited for their needs at competitive rates. Shri K K Gupta, Director, BIRD, observed that in order to make the micro insurance initiative successful in Northern part of India, especially in Uttar Pradesh, the Banking sector will have to be proactive in assessing the micro level insurance needs of the poor and devise innovative products accordingly to make the micro insurance intervention a success. More Photographs at Photo Gal...
 
 
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BIRD, Bolpur Conducted Training Proramme for the newly recruited officers of the Bangiya Gramin Vikash Bank
An In-house Induction Training Proramme for the newly recruited officers of the Bangiya Gramin Vikash Bank commenced on 14 July 2014 and will conclude on 18 July 2014. This is the first in the series of 19 programmes to be conducted by BIRD, Bolpur during 2014-15.
 
 
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BIRD, LUCKNOW celebrated 33rd Foundation Day of NABARD
BIRD, Lucknow celebrated the 33rd Foundation Day of NABARD with joy, festivity and pride on 12 July 2014. The celebrations started with lighting of lamp. In his speech on the occasion, Shri K K Gupta, Director, called upon all NABARD & BIRD staff to re-dedicate themselves to the institutional mandate of rural development amidst the new challenges and opportunities arising out of ever-rising expectations from NABARD by the stakeholders. Shri S C Rabra, retired CGM, also expressed his feelings of happiness on developments within NABARD as also the importance gained by it in the Union FM’s Budget Speech. This was followed by a thought provoking session on ‘Seven Habits of Highly Effective Families’ by Dr. Gyan Pandey, an HR Expert and his wife Mrs Veena Pandey. The deliberations were based on the book of Stephen Covey with the same title. The session was highly appreciated by the audience. On this occasion, senior officers of RRBs, officers of NABARD from different ROs, BIRD, Lucknow and UP RO familes in campus were present. Apart from the life enriching session, a camp for Blood Donation was organized by a team of Doctors from King George Medical College, Lucknow. Many staff members of BIRD and NABARD, UP RO donated blood during the camp. In another camp side by side, the officials from UIDAI completed formalities for issuance of AADHAAR Cards to the interested staff members. The camp was facilitated by ICICI Bank wherein 66 AADHAAR cards were issued. In his thanks giving speech, Shri Sunil Chawla called upon all staff members to come up to the high levels of standards expected by the Director, Shri K K Gupta, in his address. More Pics at Picture Gallery ..
 
 
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BIRD, Lucknow organized a Training programme for Indian Economic Service( IES) Officers , GOI from 30June 2014 to 04 July 2014
A Training programme for Indian Economic Service Officers on Financial Systems and Development Finance was organized by BIRD , Lucknow from 30June to 04 July 2014. 28 newly selected officers of Indian Economic Service (IES) , Government of India( GOI) , participated in the programme. The programme was customized, as per requirement of the Ministry, covering Financial Systems, Role and Functions of Rural Financial Institutions, micro finance, Financial inclusion, Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF), Credit planning at District / State level, Implementation of GOI credit linked subsidy schemes, Farmers club & JLG, Producer Organisations, National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM) and Watershed Development along with a video conference with Chief General Manager , National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), Madhya Pradesh Regional Office . As a part of the field visit, the participants were taken to Rae Bareli to have discussions with Rajiv Gandhi Mahila Vikas Pariyojana (RGMVP), followed by visits to 7 Self Help Groups ( SHGs ) and discussions with the field officer of RGMVP and Village and Block level SHG Federation members. The programme received wide appreciation and the participants immensely appreciated the role of NABARD in the field of Agriculture and Rural Development. More Photographs in Picture Gallery
 
 
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BIRD, Lucknow organised MDP for APGB from 16-18 June 2014
A MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME ( MDP) was organized for the Chief Managers/Regional Managers of Andhra Pragati Gameen Bank at Anantpur from 16-18 June 2014. The programme was attended by 34 scale IV officers of APGB. The programme was inaugurated by Shri Sampat Kumar, Chairman, APGB. More photographs in Picture Gallery
 
 
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“Workshop on Poverty Measurement Using Progress out of Poverty Index- 20 June 2014
The captioned workshop was held at BIRD on 20 June, 2014. The objective of the workshop was to deliberate on the relevance of the tool entitled “Poverty Measurement Using Progress out of Poverty Index” (PPI) to measure poverty and assess social performance in local context. It was also discussed as to how the organizations (Governments, Banks, NGOs etc.,.) involved in micro finance could use PPI data to build client profiles, understand which products and services could meet clients' needs, how to design programs and products to match clients' profiles, etc. Further, the participants deliberated on how to integrate poverty data into community assessment and make strategic decisions, evaluate and implement programs to enhance their efficiency and impact. Shri K K Gupta, Director, BIRD inaugurated the workshop. Dr D S K Rao, Regional Director, Micro Credit Summit Campaign, Asia Pacific Region and Ms Devahuti Choudhury, Programme Manager, Grameen Foundation India were the Resource Persons for the workshop. Chairmen of Baroda Uttar Pradesh Gramin Bank, Madhya Bihar Gramin Bank and Patna Jhabua Gramin Bank, NGOs from 8 different organizations, Joint Mission Director, UP State Rural Livelihood Mission, GOUP, Senior Programme Consultant from Rajiv Gandhi Mahila Pariyojna, Raibareli, UP, a few Faculty members of BIRD and officers from MCID, HO, NABARD attended the workshop. - More pics in Photo Gallery
 
 
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Program on Financial Inclusion 02-04 June 2014
Training program on Financial Inclusion was conducted by BIRD Lucknow during 02-04 June 2014. There were 22 participants from Rasthriya Mahila Kosh, Cooperative banks and Regional Rural banks from the Indian states of Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. The participants were exposed to various financial inclusion initiatives at grassroots level viz. mobile ATM and mobile Financial Literacy Van, SHG federation and Financial Literacy Centre in Raebareli district. Shri K K Gupta, Director, BIRD advised the participants to implement the takeaways from the training program through their respective banks and help the country in achieving cent percent financial inclusion in one hand and increase the business of the banks on the other hand. The twin objectives are benchmark for growth of a financial institution. Program Director Shri R C Rath, DGM/FM coordinated the program. More Photos in Photo gallery
 
 
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Academic Advisory & Syllabus Committee Meeting at BIRD Lucknow – 02 June 2014
A meeting of the Academic Advisory & Syllabus Committee to approve the training activities of BIRD for the year 2014-15 as also to provide overall guidance in shaping the training policy of BIRD was held in BIRD Lucknow on 02nd June 2014. The meeting convened by Director, BIRD was chaired by Dr Harsh Kumar Bhanwala, Chairman, NABARD. The other committee members present were S/Shri R. Bhaskaran, CEO, Indian Institute of Banking and Finance (IIBF), Y. Vijayakumar, Principal, State Bank Institute of Rural Development, K. R. Nair, CGM, HRMD and H. R. Dave, CGM, CPD, Head Office. During his address, Chairman Dr. Bhanwala emphasised the need for inclusion of new initiatives by NABARD in the training activities of BIRD. He also suggested to include in the training programme, post-CBS management aspects for client institutions like Cooperatives and RRBs. He also emphasised the need for conduct of studies and publication of articles / papers in good journals. BIRD, Lucknow presented the details of training programmes, studies and new initiatives taken during the year 2013-14 and the proposed plan of activities for the year 2014-15. The Committee reviewed the progress and the plan of activities and accorded approval to the training activities of all three campuses of BIRD for the year 2014-15. The Committee also gave suggestions for refinement of some of the existing programmes and inclusion of new areas / programmes in the training plan for the year 2014-15.
 
 
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Workshop on Financial Capability - By GIZ
Bankers Institute of Rural Development, Lucknow in collaboration with German Development Cooperation (GIZ) organised a workshop on “Financial Capability – A People-centred Approach to Financial Inclusion” on 23 May 2014 for senior bankers, NABARD, NGOs, MFIs and State Government Departments dealing with financial inclusion, rural livelihood promotion and women empowerment. Shri Sunil Chawla, Joint Director BIRD inaugurated the programme. Forty-eight participants from the four states of Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand attended the programme. Team GIZ led by Ms Jonna Bickel, Programme Advisor, Rural Financial Institution Programme, New Delhi and comprising 8 other consultants facilitated the deliberations. Shri M Sahoo, FM BIRD coordinated the workshop. 2. Based on a study conducted by GIZ to understand the financial life and capability for the poor, 13 key abilities for financial decision making have been identified by the poor themselves. These financial abilities fall into four broad areas of (1) Generating, Managing & Using Money; (2) Planning for the Future; (3) Using Financial Services; and (4) Using Social Capital, Assets and Competencies. GIZ also presented the financial capability toolbox designed by them which will enable the banks, NGOs, MFIs, government departments to understand the needs of the poor better and to design products and interventions therefor. Enhancement of financial capability of the poor is the key to make beneficial use of various financial services offered by institutions. The methodology adopted for the study can also be adapted by researchers to suit local conditions.
 
 
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Shri K.K. Gupta, Chief General Manager of Uttar Pradesh RO took additional charge of Director, BIRD, Lucknow
Shri K.K. Gupta, Chief General Manager of Uttar Pradesh Regional Office has taken additional charge of Director BIRD, Lucknow on 5th May 2014 after transfer of Shri Ramesh Tenkil to Kerela Regional Office as CGM / OIC
 
 
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BIRD conducted an International Programme for SAARC Countries-18 to 21 March 2014
The International Programme for the participants from SAARC Countries was conducted at BIRD Lucknow from 18 to 21 March 2014 for Trainer Skill Development on SHGs and JLGs. There were six participants from Nepal, five from Sri Lanka, three from Bangladesh and five from India. As part of the programme, they were taken to a village in Rahi Block of Raebareli district (Uttar Pradesh) to show them the training methods adopted by Rajiv Gandhi Mahila Vikas Pariyojana (RGMVP) for imparting training to SHG leaders and members. The participants were highly impressed by the Direct Trainer Skills exhibited by the Community Resource Persons (CRP) during live training of members and leaders of newly formed SHGs. The CRPs made use of role play method to motivate the members. They used Icons, diagrams and charts very effectively. The participants also interacted with the leaders of Shakti Mahila Sangathan (Block Level SHG Federation for Rahi Block). They were truly amazed to see such woman empowerment in rural India More Photos in Picture Gallery
 
 
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Ms. Jonna Bickel, Advisor NABARD-RFIP, GIZ, visited BIRD, Lucknow on 26 February 2014
Ms. Jonna Bickel, Advisor NABARD-RFIP, GIZ, called on the Director, BIRD, Lucknow on 26 February 2014 and discussed the proposal to seek collaboration with BIRD to hold a one day Workshop of Road Show as a part of the efforts to strengthen the financial capability of the poor to address the demand side issues related to financial inclusion.
 
 
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Shri Ramesh Tenkil took over charge as Director, BIRD, Lucknow on 10 January 2014.
Shri Ramesh Tenkil took over charge as Director, BIRD, Lucknow on 10 January 2014. Shri Tenkil was the Joint Director of BIRD since March 2012. He started his career as a Probationary Officer in Reserve Bank of India in August 1980 and went on to join NABARD in 1983. In NABARD, he has served in various capacities at Head Office, Mumbai; Jammu & Kashmir Regional Office and Tamil Nadu Regional Office, apart from having been a District Development Manager in Karnataka and a Faculty Member at BIRD, Mangalore.
 
 
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BIRD Lecture Series - 2nd Lecture delivered by Padmashree Alysius P. Fernandez - 24 January 2014
BIRD LECTURE SERIES – LECTURE ON 'PRODUCERS'COLLECTIVES AS A STRATEGY FOR SUSTAINABLE GROWTH '' BY PADMASHREE SHRI ALOYSIUS P. FERNANDEZ Padmashree Shri Aloysius P. Fernandez delivered the Second lecture of ''BIRD Lecture Series'' launched by BIRD, the learning centre of NABARD, on 24th January 2014 in Conference hall of BIRD, Lucknow on the topic '' Producers' Collectives as a Strategy for Sustainable Growth’. Shri. Aloysius P. Fernandez is doyen of SHG movement in the country and has been actively involved in the field of socio-economic innovations in different forms. Nearly 100 officials of banks, RBI, NGOs, Professor and students of Lucknow University attended the lecture. Shri Fernandez, in his address, observed that the small and marginal farmers who produce 41% of total grain and over half of the total fruits and vegetables provide the basis of food security to the country. Yet, they are not in a good bargaining position for marketing their produce due to lack of organised and collective structures. He emphasised on the need of developing second level institutions by way of various models of Producers Collectives which can ensure competitive marketing for the small producers to incentivise them for higher production, crop diversification, etc. and ensure sustainable growth in their incomes. He observed that SHG Bank Linkage programme could become a movement under the leadership of NABARD and with unstinted support from RBI, GoI, banks, NGOs and other stake holders. While appreciating the initiatives already taken by NABARD to support producers organizations, he suggested further specific measures to promote, nurture and support farmers collectives in bigger way. The lecture generated good discussions and flagged several issues that needed attention of all concerned. Text of lecture can be downloaded from http://birdlucknow.in/Dynamic/frm_Downloads_Files.aspx
 
 
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Training programme for RDB ShriLanka, 10-15 June 2013
A training Programme on Micro finanace for the officials of Regional Development Bank( RDB), ShriLanka was organised in BIRD, Lucknow from 10-14 June 2013. 35 Officials of the Bank participated in the programme. For pics please click on http://birdlucknow.in/dynamic/frm_ViewPhoto.aspx?Photocategorykey=12
 
 
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Climate Change Adaptation - BIRD launches first programme
CLIMATE CHANGE ADPATATION AS PRIORITY FOR NABARD AND BIRD NABARD has been appointed as the sole National Implementation Entity (NIE) for India by Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) under United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Climate changes have led to environmental degradation through increased pollution, green house gas emissions and accelerated resource degradation and poses imminent risk to human health and sustainable development. Thus climate changes are adversely impacting the livelihood of people, especially in rural areas. The lives and livelihood of many communities are highly vulnerable to climate change, because of dependence on natural resources such as local water supplies, agricultural land, forests, etc. The emerging challenge of Climate Change could further irreversibly alter the resource thereby posing challenges to sustainable development and national food security. NABARD with its mandate and now as NIE for India for Climate Change would facilitate grounding of projects related to Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation. Bankers Institute of Rural Development [ BIRD ], Lucknow, being a learning centre of NABARD, in collaboration with GIZ has initiated a Capacity Building Programme for NABARD Officers from regional offices all over India today, i.e., 25 September 2013. The objective of the programme is to equip the participants to facilitate mobilising the projects and vet the same from the lens of climate proofing so that such projects meet the international standards set by AFB. Director, BIRD, Shri H R Dave, in his inaugural address, mentioned that, BIRD will be rolling out a few more progammes for strengthening the expertise of NABARD Officers as well as other stakeholders, particularly NGOs, working in field of agriculture, rural development and natural resource management. He emphasized on broad scientific consensus that climate change is already a serious challenge and it undermines protection of...
 
 
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“BIRD Lecture Series”, launched with the First Lecture delivered by Prof. Dr. Hans Dieter Seibel on ‘International Experiences in Rural Finance – Learnings for India’.
FIRST LECTURE UNDER ‘BIRD LECTURE SERIES’ Bankers Institute of Rural Development [BIRD], as part of its strategy to move into the policy domain, launched the “BIRD Lecture Series”, with the First Lecture delivered by Prof. Dr. Hans Dieter Seibel on ‘International Experiences in Rural Finance – Learnings for India’. The lecture was held at the BIRD Campus in Lucknow on 21 September 2013. Over 100 officials of banks, representatives of RBI, NGOs, Lucknow University, IIM - Lucknow and international organizations like IFAD participated. BIRD organized this event with active participation and support from UP RO. Shri K. K. Gupta, CGM and a large number of officials of the RO participated. Dr. Seibel is Professor emeritus from the University of Cologne, Germany and Adviser to IFAD, currently working on Rural Finance and Private Sector Development. He has specialized on rural and microfinance, linkages between formal and informal finance, and agricultural development bank reform. Having wide experience of working in Africa and Asia, besides Europe, Dr. Seibel has also extensively worked on microfinance and cooperatives in India. Prof. Siebel in his address shared his experiences in micro banking of formal banks, especially of Bank Rakyat Indonesia – Indonesia. Analyzing the case study of BRI, Prof. Seibel mentioned that some of the key components for the turnaround strategy of the Bank were, incentives for repayment, staff incentives for enhanced productivity, appropriate positioning of the loan products, supervisory discipline and political will. He further advised that Government and Banks should not resort to subsidized credit as it vitiates repayment culture. He also suggested that NABARD and RBI need to give due policy recognition Village Organizations and Block Federations of SHGs and Banks should come forward to finance them. The Lecture provoked some lively discussions between the audience and the Professor, especially from the Academicians and Ban...
 
 
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National Seminar on Audit held on 17 and 18 October 2013 at BIRD , Lucknow
A National Seminar on Audit was organized by Department of Supervision(DoS), NABARD, Head Office, Mumbai in association with BIRD, Lucknow to discuss various policy and operational issues involved in Statutory Audit of StCBs,CCBs and SCARDBS by Chartered Accountants. Role and expectations from Statutory Auditors of Coop. banks, Measures to improve Audit Practices, initiatives taken by GIZ in helping the banks in this direction, deficiencies/ discrepancies observed in the Audit reports of StCBs and CCBs were the major issues taken up for discussion during the seminar. Senior executives of ICAI and GIZ addressed the participants.
 
 
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BIRD announces National Consultation on Role of Panchayati Raj Institutions in Livelihood Promotion
BIRD announces National Consultation on Role of Panchayati Raj Institutions in Livelihood Promotion – January 2014 Panchayati Raj Institutions as the constitutionally recognised and democratic institutions of self-governance have made their mark on the well-being of the rural communities. The agenda of harnessing their potential in furthering the livelihood systems still remains to be addressed effectively. Besides the facilitation role of the Panchayats, the livelihood activities need linkages with banking system to attract investments. The “National Consultation on role of Panchayati Raj Institutions in livelihood promotion ”will bring together senior level policy makers, planners, Govt officials, Bankers, Development agencies, Community Based Organisations and other stake holders to share and document lessons learnt from rural livelihood programmes, emerging policy perspectives, operational issues and impact of decentralised governance on livelihoods of the rural poor.
 
 
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Exposure Study Visit of APRACA member countries to BIRD, Lucknow on micro finance for Agriculture
BIRD, Lucknow is organising an Exposure Study Visit on Micro Finance for Agriculture fordelegates from APRACA member institutions from 14 to 18 Oct 2013 under the aegis ofFinServAccess Project of APRACA. The Study Visit is being attended by representatives fromMFIs, Banks, NGOs and regulatory authorties from Bangladesh, Cambodia, Myanmar andThailand. The programme was inaugurated by Shri. H.R. Dave, Director, who flagged major issuesconfronting agriculture financing in India and the initiatives being taken by NABARD, Govt. OfIndia and RBI. He also highlighted the close collaboration and learning relationship betweenNABARD and APRACA over the years. The trainees will be making a presentation on 18 Oct aboutMF issues in their respective countries and initiatives taken by their respective institutions.
 
 
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