The programme name “Gira iyo uva nivo uia” means “May you have roots; may you have a future”, which is a traditional Burundian blessing bestowed upon children and young people and symbolizes the programme’s dual emphasis on reconciling the past and b [...]
Since independence, the Burundian people have suffered various cycles of violence, characterized by the targeted massacre of civilians along ethnic lines. In 1993, revenge killings between the Hutu and Tutsi communities culminated in a civil war that lasted ov [...]
The Aspirations of Young People for the Future of Burundi
In 2017, the Conflict Alert and Prevention Centre (CENAP) and Interpeace carried out a research to understand the priority concerns of Burundi’s young people regarding the future of their country.
Inspired by the various [...]
Etude sur les Aspirations des Jeunes pour le Burundi de demain – Gira iyo uva n’iyo uja
Type: PDFSize: 4MbPublished: July 3, 2018
Le Burundi est un petit pays de 27 834 km² avec une population estimée à 10.114.505 d’habitants dont 50% sont âgés de moins de 17 ans et les 2/3 de moins de 25 ans. Selon les projections, la population en âge de travail [...]
My Land, My Life, My Identity: Addressing land conflicts in the Great Lakes Region
The African Great Lakes region has experienced intermittent armed conflict for the past six decades, often resulting in large population displacements and serious humanitarian crises. In the three bordering countries of Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Repub [...]
Youth affirm the power of cooperation for peace in the Great Lakes Region
At just 22 years of age, Ornella Irakoze has a deep understanding of the consequences of political manipulation. She grew up in Burundi, which has known a history of conflict underpinned by ethnic divisions as a result of political manipulation.
In Septembe [...]
Great Lakes peacebuilding programme launches first cross-border dialogue space
On a warm Wednesday afternoon, a group of neighbours came together in Rwanda's Bugesera district to share, talk and most importantly listen to one another in the name of peacebuilding.
They are not neighbours in a conventional sense; in fact, half of them a [...]
It is about midday and a large group of about 90 young men and women begin their jog in Rugombo, a small town in Burundi.
The group of young people exudes a positive energy. They are laughing and cheerfully singing songs in praise of their home province as [...]
Peace Day celebrations in Burundi were marked by a collection of athletic and cultural events co-sponsored by the regional administration of the province of Bujumbura. Among those invited were officials from all communes of the province as well as representati [...]
It has been 41 years since the tragic events of April 1972 in Burundi, following which thousands of people were killed. As part of its work to foster research and better understanding of recurring violence in Burundi, Interpeace’s local partner, the Centre o [...]
Burundi: University students discuss ways to overcome ethnic divisions
October 1993 was the start of a civil war which tore Burundi apart for more than a decade and caused the death of an estimated 300’000 people. Interpeace’s local partner in Burundi, the Centre of Alert and Conflict Prevention (CENAP), recently commemorated [...]
This month, Burundi is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a whole range of activities and festivities across the country. The whole nation is celebrating the fact that half a century ago on 1st of July 1962, Burundi gained independence [...]
In 1972 several thousand Burundians were victim to widespread violence, among them the last King of Burundi Ntare V. Interpeace and its local partner the Centre of Alert and Conflict Prevention (CENAP), joined by the Association pour la mémoire et la protecti [...]
Burundi: CENAP engages the extra-parliamentary opposition
Interpeace local partner the Centre of Alert and Conflict Prevention (CENAP), has been engaging Burundian stakeholders on the key challenges to peace in the country since 2007.
Opposition parties have withdrawn from the formal political process[...]
Burundi: Coming together to overcome a violent past
Burundi, a country torn apart by eight years of civil war, is working hard to overcome the violence that resulted in more than 300,000 Burundians losing their lives between 1993 and 2005.
Typically Burundians divide along ethnic lines to commemorate their v [...]
Looking back to look forwards – commemorating the Burundi Civil War
Victims of the Burundi Civil War will be commemorated over three days starting tomorrow in Bujumbura.
18 years ago, on the 21st October 1993, the President of Burundi, Melchior Ndadaye, was assassinated. Violence immediately broke out across the country. It [...]
Prolifération des armes au Burundi: Mécanismes de désarmement des civils
Type: PDFSize: 2MbPublished: May 28, 2010
This report on the disarmament of civilians in Burundi is based on discussions with the Burundian population. The empirical results derived from the consultations are complemented by expert analysis. [...]
Traiter du passé et construire l’avenir: La place de l’histoire dans la thérapie collective
Type: PDFSize: 6MbPublished: May 27, 2010
This report on transitional justice in Burundi presents the findings of consultations that have been conducted in 2009. The report focuses on concrete recommendations on how to handle the past in order to contribute to the promotion of peace and reconciliation [...]
Problématique de la gestion de la victoire et de la défaite électorales, de l’indépendance à nos jours
Type: PDFSize: 4MbPublished: May 12, 2010
This report on elections in Burundi focuses on one of the priority areas identified in the National Group meeting. The report advises political parties to refocus their actions on programmes and projects for the benefit of the whole society. [...]