UNCDF in Burundi

UNCDF in Burundi

The Challenge

The Republic of Burundi ranks 178th out of 187 countries in the 2013 Human Development Index. Two decades of conflict have resulted in grave social setbacks and decimated the local infrastructure. The crisis has had a direct effect on the governance system, which tends to be highly centralized, under-inclusive, and with low national and local capacities to provide security and essential services. As the country continues to work towards stabilization, the Government has responded to these challenges by devising initiatives that support a decentralization process. The goal of the decentralization process is to strengthen public services at the local level towards the goal of reducing poverty.

How We Are Helping?

Since 2006, UNCDF has been helping Burundi meet its development challenges. Through its programme Appui à la Reconstruction et au Développement Communal dans la province de Rutana project, UNCDF supports decentralization and poverty reduction. The programme works to strengthen local institutional capacity in public expenditure management piloted on the basis of a local development fund.

UNCDF's MicroLead programme helps to increase the access to financial services, particularly savings, by supporting the expansion of microfinance savings-led market leaders.

In Detail

Project

Appui à la Reconstruction et au Développement Communal dans la province de Rutana

Goal To support decentralization and poverty reduction.
How
  • By strengthening local institutional capacity in public expenditure management piloted through a local development fund.
Period 2006-2011
Partners UNCDF, UNDP, SDC, Government of Burundi.
Total project cost and UNCDF contribution USD 6,200,000
USD 2,237,556
Progress
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Project

MicroLead

Goal To increase access to financial services, particularly savings, by supporting the expansion of microfinance savings-led market leaders in underserved countries.
How
  • Offering grants and loans that incentivize leading providers to start up new, or strengthen existing financial institutions that target low-income people, especially with savings, in underserved areas, particularly countries struggling to recover from crisis and conflict;
  • Through a competitive process to select leading indigenous microfinance providers from developing countries to expand their reach by implementing a variety of approaches including greenfields, transformations of MFIs to formally regulated deposit-taking institutions, and providing technical assistance to in-country MFIs;
  • Supporting technical advisors who work to help those providers to develop the institutional capacity to extend their reach.
Period 2008-2017
Partners UNCDF, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Mastercard Foundation, LIFT Myanmar.
Total project cost and UNCDF contribution USD 58,562,939
USD 7,871,850
Progress
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Project

Renforcement des capacités institutionnelles de trois communes (Cendajuru, Gisuru et Kinyinya) pour I'amélioration de Ia sécurité alimentaire et nutritionnelle

Goal Améliorer durablement Ia sécurité alimentaire et nutritionnelle des groupes vulnerables des populations de Ia zone ciblée, en favorisant leur accès aux facteurs de production, technologies et marches et en renforçant les capacites des acteurs locaux.
How
  • La capacite (planification et de maitrise d'ouvrage local) est améliorée pour une meilleure gouvernance de Ia SAN 
  • La population dans les zones ciblées a accès aux investissements collectifs visant l'amélioration des services 
  • Les connaissances et leçons apprises sur Ia gestion de Ia Sécurité alimentaire au niveau local sont capitalisées e t largement diffusées
Period 2013-2018
Partners Gouvernement du Burundi, Fonds belge pour la sécurité alimentaire,
Total project cost and UNCDF contribution 6,918,334
2,707,334
Progress
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