Burundi 2021

SOS Medias Burundi

Strengthening Independent Reporting in Burundi and About Challenges Facing Burundian Refugees


To strengthen independent media reporting in Burundi. The organization will expand reporting by recruiting and training new correspondents to cover events in Burundian refugee communities in Kenya, Zambia and Botswana and train them in data security to ensure their safety and the safety of those about whom they report. The organization’s reporting will deepen international awareness of the plight of Burundian refugees, including the difficult living conditions, and inform Burundians at home about the complex situations faced by refugee populations.


Human Rights/General

Monitoring and Awareness Raising of Human Rights Violations in Burundi


To raise awareness of the human rights situation in Burundi. The partner 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 advocate for greater attention to human rights challenges in Burundi.


Action des Chretiens pour l’Abolition de la Torture- Burundi

Promoting Human Rights and Supporting Human Rights Defenders in Exile


To promote human rights in Burundi and support human rights defenders in exile.  The grantee will monitor human rights violations and release monthly reports, particularly about the rights of prisoners, while promoting increasing coverage of these issues in the media. It will conduct outreach support to Burundian youth refugee communities and collaborate with Burundian civil society representatives while also conducting a planning and evaluation retreat of its work.


Solidarite pour la Promotion des Droits Humains

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.


Association des Jeunes Burundais pour le Developpement Inclusif

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.


Association des Femmes Repatriees du Burundi

Promoting Gender-Sensitive Decision-Making in Burundi’s New Conseils des Notables


To promote gender-sensitive decision-making, procedures, and judgments 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 examine challenges faced by women bringing their grievances before the conseils.


Association Burundaise des Femmes Journalistes du Burundi

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.


Solidarité de la Jeunesse Chretienne pour la Paix, l’Enfance et l’Education contre le SIDA

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.


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.


Parole et Action pour le Réveil des Consciences et l’Evolution des Mentalités

Engaging Newly Elected Officials to Promote Democracy and Good Governance


To engage elected government officials in promoting democracy, stability, and the fight against corruption.  The grantee will host a series of town hall events to connect citizens and their newly elected officials and hold events with the media to share policy recommendations to address corruption. Finally, the grantee will collect data on how corruption undermines economic stability, receive input from experts on this and related topics, and lobby government officials to adopt policies addressing them.



Engaging Citizens and Officials to Promote Rights-Based Land Governance


To engage citizens, decision-makers, and civic leaders in addressing the crises 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.