National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development is an apex development financial institution in India, headquartered at Mumbai with regional offices all over India. NABARD came into existence on 12 July 1982 by transferring the agricultural credit functions of RBI and refinance functions of the then Agricultural Refinance and Development Corporation (ARDC). Consequent to the revision in the composition of share capital between Government of India and RBI, NABARD today is fully owned by Government of India.
NABARD has been appointed as National Implementing Entity (NIE) under the National Adaptation Fund on Climate Change (NAFCC). NABARD has been accredited by Green Climate Fund (GCF) Board as one of the National Implementing Entity (NIE) for GCF in India, responsible for management and oversight of project implementation, the subsequent management and reporting obligations.
NABARD has been accredited as National Implementing Entity (NIE) for Adaptation Fund in July 2012 and is the only NIE for India. NABARD in the capacity of NIE can access Adaptation Fund from AFB for implementation of feasible climate adaptation projects posed by eligible Executive Entities such as Central/State Government Departments, NGOs, Research Institutions and Technical Institutions etc.
BIRD is a Learning Institution promoted by National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) to cater to the training requirements of the stake holders of agriculture and rural banking.
BIRD is actively engaged in identifying and documenting issues critical to expansion of inclusive rural credit and facilitating policy discussions on these issues of national importance. BIRD conducts in–house, on-location and overseas training programmes for bankers from within and outside the country, officials of central and state governments and NGOs. The training programmes cover a wide range of subjects that include Banking, Finance, micro Finance, Financial inclusion, Projects, Development themes, IT applications in banking, Human Resource Management, Climate Change, Sustainable Development, Natural Resource Management(NRM) etc.
BIRD also conducts studies, research and consultancy on contemporary topics in related fields.
The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) as well as the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) are the main commissioning parties of GIZ in India. Other clients include Indian public sector clients, the European Union and foundations.
The Government of India has launched numerous important initiatives to address the country’s economic, environmental and social challenges, and GIZ is contributing to some of the most significant ones. For example, it supports key initiatives such as Smart Cities, Clean India and Skill India. GIZ, in close cooperation with Indian partners, devises tailor-made, jointly-developed solutions to meet local needs and achieve sustainable and inclusive development.