150 communities in the conflict-ridden provinces of Gitega, Makamba and Muyinga. Other target groups are local social organizations and policy-makers.
The communities live in poor sanitary conditions. There is no sewage system and clean drinking water, as a result of which people are more susceptible to germs. Because the villages are often located in remote areas, there are no doctors or hospitals nearby. The infant mortality rate in Burundi is unprecedentedly high. Furthermore, a quarter of the schools were destroyed during the war. Most of the children, therefore, do not go to school.
The likelihood that tensions between the different political parties and ethnic groups will rise is always present. With every new election, a new power struggle may arise that could disturb the peace process. The government is weak and does not perform well, especially where economic development and justice are concerned.
In Burundi, we focus first of all on strengthening the local government in the villages. A better local organization has a positive effect on all the other things that are necessary for a properly functioning community: economic growth, employment, healthcare and education. At the same time, we will support local farmers with, for example, loans for investment purposes. We also establish people’scommittees to be involved in the improvement of basic facilities.
In Burundi we work together with such organizations as: the Dutch embassy, the European Union, the World Bank, the United Nations (USAID, WHO, UN-BINUB) and RESO.