Burundi 2021

Association des Femmes Repatriees du Burundi

Promoting Gender-Sensitive Decision-Making in the New Conseils des Notables


To promote gender-sensitive decision-making, procedures, and judgements for the newly created Conseils des Notables in three provinces. The grantee will conduct research and raise awareness around the role of local community and household arbitration councils, known as Conseils des Notables, their procedures, and the importance of gender representation in their decisions and implementation. The organization will create a guide to the conseils as well as examining challenges faced by women bringing their grievances before the conseils.


Iteka Initiative

Monitoring and Awareness Raising of Human Rights Violations


To raise awareness of the human rights situation in Burundi. The grantee will expand its network of human rights monitors who will provide primary documentation for a series of reports with local, national, and international partners. The grantee will also produce audio sketches for broadcast on social media and radio and collaborate with international institutions to address human rights challenges in Burundi.


Rema Burundi

Implementing Burundi’s New Law on the Registration of Marriages in Exile


To increase the potential of Burundian returnees to register marriages that occurred in exile and to improve the protection of women’s and children inheritance rights. The organization will train local government officials to improve their knowledge of and ability to implement a new ordinance requiring legal recognition of marriages in exile. It will support seven community organizations in seven communes to explain the ordinance, how registration can be beneficial, and provide para-legal support to returnees.


Solidarité de la jeunesse chrétienne pour la paix et l’enfance

Supporting Vulnerable Youth through Mentorship and Community Engagement


To reduce instances of school abandonment amongst teenagers through the promotion of mentorship and responsible community engagement and improve the potential for vulnerable teenagers to be engaged and informed citizens. The grantee will recruit and train community mentors to serve as advocates and support students in schools and the community. The organization will also produce a documentary film illustrating the negative impact of dropping out of school on youth and the community.


Universal Rights

Promoting Social Cohesion, Human Rights and Youth Resilience


To strengthen social cohesion by improving and consolidating relationships between rights holders and duty bearers. The grantee will establish a “listening center” for survivors of human rights abuses and their families or individuals experiencing inter-community conflict to seek out legal advice and psychosocial support in five provinces. It will continue to build the capacities of their in-community whistleblowers to sensitize young residents, returnees, and local administrative officials to resolve conflicts peacefully and hold football matches for youth from among residents and returnees.


Universal Rights

Strengthening Independent Reporting About Challenges Facing Burundian Refugees


To strengthen and expand independent media reporting in and about Burundi. The organization will expand reporting by recruiting and training new correspondents on physical and digital security, including refugees outside of the country. Independent reporting will deepen international awareness of the situation of Burundian refugees as well as inform Burundians inside the country about the difficult circumstances faced by refugees.


Universal Rights

Developing Female Leadership and Improving Gender-sensitive Reporting in the Media


To develop female leadership in newsrooms and improved gender-sensitive reporting in the Burundian media. The organization will hold a series of meetings to encourage media executives to take ownership of its gender-sensitive media charter and build the capacity and willingness of media houses to report on women’s rights issues. It will also work to strengthen the interaction between women’s rights organizations and media professionals to increase women’s participation and gender-sensitivity in media content.


Universal Rights

Engaging Citizens and Officials to Promote Rights-Based Land Governance


To engage citizens, decision-makers, and civic leaders in addressing the crisis of land expropriation and to promote land governance policies that respect human rights. The organization will convene key actors to discuss Burundi’s land governance crisis and collaborate to develop recommendations for a rights-based land management policy that can be implemented across Burundi’s sectarian divide. The organization will document five case studies of unlawful land expropriations in print and video and mobilize public opinion via traditional and social media.


Universal Rights

Podcasting Training, Production and Broadcasting on Human Rights


To raise awareness of history and human rights issues among Burundian youth to address discrimination and conflict and prompt greater social cohesion. The organization will train 20 community-based journalists in how to produce quality podcasts. It will then support the journalists to produce 56 podcasts and broadcast them on social media, WhatsApp and community radio stations over the course of one year.