The vision of BIRD is to be a centre par excellence in Africa for research and socio-economic issues in development through the provision of extension research and consultancy services to government, donors, NGOs and rural communities in Ghana and the West African sub-region.
The mission of BIRD is to provide an interface between the University and rural communities. It aims at transferring innovations and other services available at the University needed to promote rural development to enhance quality of life in rural areas. In view of this, BIRD's mission is to carry out research, training and consultancy services to enhance sustainable development in rural areas through the following:
- Providing a better understanding of how development policies and process of social, economic and environmental change affect different groups and stakeholders in the rural areas.
- Undertaking applied and basic research into the problems of rural Ghana so that solutions can be found to enhance the quality of life of the people.
- Collaborate with government institutions, international development agencies, community based organizations and private sector development.
- Provision of quality human resources and capacity building for rural development.