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 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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