SBI Foundation CSR STRATEGY: Adoption of villages for integrated development through Gram Panchayat.

SBI Foundation has strategically worked on identifying various projects and has partnered with multiple NGOs and NPOs for undertaking the CSR projects/programs. Now, SBI Foundation intends to move forward to the next phase through strategic development and accordingly, sets out a CSR strategic plan for State Bank of India to carry out the implementation of CSR activities through integrated approach.

In this approach, SBI Foundation sets its objectives of adopting and developing villages through Gram Panchayat across India and implement every CSR activity in full force along with Bank’s other services centered on holistic development.

This strategy aims at SBI Foundation having a focused implementation model and objectives against set targets and goals. SBI Foundation already has flagship programs under it viz. SBI Youth for India Fellowship, Center of Excellence. We propose to implement SBI Gram Seva as one more flagship project under SBI Foundation. SBI Gram Seva project is expected to achieve the basic goals in three years of intervention viz;

To link the specific government schemes/services to each of the activity and to individuals.

  • (1)To lay emphasis on digital concept and create awareness about daily usage of online banking services and government schemes and to get other information online.

  • (2)Developing the village through holistic intervention for improvement of infrastructure and basic facilities therein.

  • (3)To involve the Panchayat Village Self Government in development programmes, and to create environment for participatory efforts by encouraging rural asset creation, community development so that the project achieves the motto of self-sustenance.

SBI-GRAM SEVA mission is to develop the macro and micro needs of the community and engage the Gram Panchayat and villagers’ participation to make this project self-sustainable. 

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Centre of Excellence for Persons with Disability

Majority of persons with disabilities can lead a better quality of life if they have equal opportunities and effective access to rehabilitation measures. There has been an increasing recognition of abilities of persons with disabilities and emphasis on mainstreaming them in the society based on their capabilities.

SBI Foundation has set up a “Centre of Excellence for PWD’s” (CoE) with a goal to make it a centralized support centre for PwD’s. The CoE will primarily work on empowerment of PWDs through skill enhancement. It will provide;

  • (1) Demonstration services related to Empowerment of PwDs at workplace (learnings from SBI) for other in the BFSI Sector & PSUs and at a later stage in the entire PSU sector 

  • (2) Building channel partners like other centres/institutions engaged in similar activities

  • (3) Advocacy and recommendations at appropriate forums

  • (4) Research & Development in Disability Management

  • (5) Capacity building for trainers

SBI Youth for India (SBI YFI)

SBI Youth for India (SBI YFI) is a unique, Indian rural development fellowship program initiated, funded and managed by the State Bank of India in partnership with reputed NGOs of the country. It provides a framework for India's bright young minds to join hands with rural communities, empathize with their struggles and connect with their aspirations. The selected fellows, from some of the top institutes/corporates, work with experienced NGOs on challenging development projects.

The fellowship is an initiative to sensitize and provide avenues for the youth to become aware of ground realities and contribute through their personal efforts towards building strong cohesive communities through interventions across different areas of health and sanitation, livelihood, education, women empowerment, etc. The focus of the fellowship has been in generating interest of the educated youth towards the social sector and in incubating the spirit of social entrepreneurship.

The 13-month program allows fellows to travel to length and breadth of the country and make a difference on grass-root level. For more information, visit