Bijapur Integrated Rural Development Society (BIRDS) is a voluntary organization that works towards integrated rural development through diversified developmental activities. BIRDS works with vulnerable target groups, particularly the landless, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (SC/STs) and small and marginal farmers.
They have extensive experience in the area of integrated rural development, particularly farm cropping, water harvesting, livestock management, technical planning and community organization. They have partnered with government agencies like the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Karnataka State Women’s Commission, Agriculture Department, Dharwad, and foreign and Indian donor agencies like the World Bank, Oxfam India, Deshpande Foundation and the Association of People with Disabilities to successfully implement multiple projects.
Their programs include:
Services for people with disabilities: BIRDS in partnership with the Association of People with Disabilities (APD) is working to improve the state of people with disabilities in their area. Their intervention includes identifying the population of people with disabilities, networking with government officials, creating linkages to government schemes and employment opportunities and conducting sensitization training programs.
People’s Participatory Integrated Watershed Project: BIRDS works jointly with the Karnataka Watershed Department Agency, Government of Karnataka, and has successfully implemented a People’s Participatory Integrated Watershed Project in multiple districts of the state.
Resettlement and Rehabilitation of Displaced People: BIRDS is an implementing partner of the Karnataka State Highways Improvement Project-World Bank scheme to assist villagers displaced by a road-widening project. They are responsible for the development of a comprehensive livelihood system to help project-affected persons take advantage of.