There are significant and conclusive achievements:
FNL is legally registered as political party.
It is integrated in governmental political and security institutions.
The demobilisation and reintegration exercise for ex-combatants is ongoing.
The mediator’s office, the AU peacekeepers’ mission and the Joint Commission for Monitoring and Implementation of the Ceasefire between the two parties officially closed their mandates as of May 31 st , 2009 .
LWF in collaboration with CNEB UPDATES ON SOCIO-POLITICAL SITUATION
The GoB has finally opened a National Office for Refugee Protection.
Burundi continue receiving refugees from DRC.
UNHCR has announced that the repatriation exercise for Burundian refugees would be completed by end 2009. 50,000 refugees are expected to repatriate from Tanzania and 5,000 refugees will repatriate from other neighbour countries, including 2,000 refugees from Rwanda.
11 persons have been sentenced from one year to perpetuity imprisonment after being proved by the court to have been involved in the killing and attempt to killing of albinos.
Majority of the albinos who had been living in a provisional protection site in Ruyigi for security fear went back to their respective areas of origin as a result of a network of LWF, Red Cross, HealthNet TPO Burundi and the local administration, committed to coordinate psychosocial interventions to the albinos and their communities of origin.
LWF in collaboration with CNEB IV. Protection issues: Refugees & Albinos
Accompanying Burundi in building strong foundations for sustainable peace:
The World Bank and the IMF have cancelled 92 % of Burundi external dept (1,4 billions of USD).
The 2010-2014 United Nations Integrated Support Strategy for Burundi, with 240 millions of USD has been approved and signed.
Peace consolidation and reconciliation
Promotion and protection of human rights
Strategic planning and coordination
Democratic governance .
EU recently announced that it will accompany the peace process and the 2010 general elections with a significant financial support.
The UN Commission for Peace Consolidation in Burundi has also promised to support the 2010 electoral process.
VI. Improved cooperation, a sign of peace & stability
LWF in collaboration with CNEB LWF/BURUNDI PROGRAMME I. Vision: Communities living in peace, justice and dignity, having access to opportunities for growth and realisation of full potential. II. Mission: LWF- Burundi is committed to empower vulnerable, marginalised and displaced communities to achieve self reliance by transitioning from relief to development interventions which will enable people to take direct control of their livelihoods to reduce human suffering and poverty.
LWF in collaboration with CNEB 1: Displaced individuals are accepted and reintegrated into their communities of origin. 2: Communities are engaged in the acquisition of sustainable livelihoods. 3: Structural barriers that inhibit effective participation in governance and realization of human rights reduced. III. Strategic objectives
DanChurchAid/DANIDA Phase II : a continuation of the Programme for Peace Project started in 2006 with strategic adjustments as recommended by our internal monitoring, the external evaluation and the donor. The main focus is livelihoods.
Community Empowerment Project (CEP): designed to build the necessary capacity among communities to enable them to take control of their own development. It started in January 2009.
Church World Service ( CWS) Post - Primary Education project: focuses on secondary and vocational training centres.
These projects are guided by a six year Country Strategy (2009 – 2014).
People comprised of judiciary and administration leaders, returnees, Bashingantahe and receiving committee members from Burundi visited Kibondo camps several times to discuss judiciary and administration, land and repatriation issues with refugee leaders.
These visits have significantly reduced suspicions between refugees and welcoming communities.
As there are no longer refugee camps in Kibondo District, LWF/Burundi and TCRS continue exchanging cross-border visits on empowerment course through CEP projects.
LWF/Burundi empowers the partner communities in key areas such as peace building, conflict management and transformation, legal system and human rights, leadership.
VII. Sports and theatre
LWF/Burundi supports sports tournaments (volleyball, football and athletics), drama presentations and youth gathering to create more opportunities for messages on conflict resolution, land and crosscutting issues.
With the problem of landlessness, ex-combatants, returnees and many jobless youths might turn into gangs.
Promotion of food security and livelihoods initiatives is key to avoid this to happen.
In LWF/Burundi area, livelihoods assets (on-loan goats, cows, mosaic resistant cassava, … are contributing significantly to achieve a smooth and stable integration of IDPs and returnees.
Livelihoods and peace consolidation
LWF in collaboration with CNEB HIGHLIGHTS ON LIVELIHOODS INTERVENTIONS Agriculture and livestock development consolidate peace and unity through community solidarity schemes Basket weavers groups have become apprenticeship centres bringing together returnee and remainee women Environment rehabilitation is a community concern
LWF in collaboration with CNEB HIGHLIGHTS ON INFRASTRUCTURE REHABILITATION Schools’ construction/rehabilitation in high return areas was a big concern for LWF during phase I Safe water systems saved people from the risky river waters. The community take care of the schemes with full ownership. LWF implemented the ‘right to shelter’ for expellees and other extremely vulnerable people in its intervention zone.
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