Operation and Activities

Scope of Operation and Activity

BIRD offers services in seven key areas namely: Rural Development and Innovations, Capacity Building and Institutional Development, Gender and Development, Private Sector and Rural Development, Rural Health, Social Protection and Evidence Generation. The specific areas of competence under these broad service areas are as follows:


1. Rural Development and Innovations

  • Policy, planning and implementation
  • Local economic development (LED)
  • Decentralization and local governance
  • Rural access to socio-economic infrastructure
  • Agricultural development planning and management
  • Natural resources management and governance
  • Climate change mitigation and adaptation
  • Transfer of innovations

2. Capacity Building and Institutional Development

  • Building and strengthening the capacity of local institutions
  • Community-based organisational strengthening and capacity building
  • Strengthening the capacity of chieftaincy institutions
  • Public institutional reforms and transformation
  • Development of tailor-made training programmes
  • Institutional strengthening and capacity-building
  • Promotion of public/private partnership and management models
  • Civil society and civic engagement
  • Network support for NGOs

3. Gender and Development

  • Gender-specialized studies
  •  Mainstreaming gender into development
  • Women’s organizations and development       

4.  Private Sector and Rural Development

  • Small and medium-scale enterprise development
  • Training in business management
  • Rural finance
  • Feasibility studies of rural enterprises
  • Enterprise product development
  • Enterprise/project appraisal
  • Value chains development
  •  Private sector engagement

5. Rural Health

  • Agricultural health and safety
  • Healthy ageing  
  • Health impact assessment
  • Health programme planning and evaluation
  • Evidence-based public health

6. Social Development and Protection

  • Child labour and trafficking
  • Cash transfer programming  
  • Productive inclusion 
  • Population management and migration for development
  • Food and nutrition security
  • Youth development
  • Disability-inclusive development
  • Rural access improvement
  • Social protection systems strengthening
  • Inclusive rural development

7. Evidence Generation (research, evaluation and data analytics)

  • Rural development-driven research
  • Baseline studies and specialized sector studies
  • Monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL)
  • Evidence syntheses (systematic reviews, realist reviews, meta-evaluation, scoping reviews)
  • Impact evaluations and policy analyses
  • Data analytics and visualisation