Burundi Country Consultation

September 27, 2011 // 2:30pm4:00pm

Significant progress has been made in terms of securing peace and a degree of social and economic stability in Burundi, yet much work remains to ensure a sustainable democratic future.  In recent years, international involvement has waned considerably within the country and some analysts refer to Burundi as the “hole in the doughnut” as the gaze of international investors and aid groups has shifted toward countries in the region e.g. Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and South Sudan.  The United Nations Office in Burundi (BNUB) has been concentrating its efforts on creating a dialogue between the local government, civil society, and the international community to protect human rights, establish a lasting democracy, and put an end to the violence that has plagued Burundian history. The participants of this discussion not only addressed the recent resurgence of violence within the country, but also the consequential steps to be taken by various actors that are politically, socially, and economically invested in the future of the country.

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