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CEDAC Leads Economic Empowerment Project with Support of UNDP in Cibitoke Province, Burundi

On 5 and 6 November 2013, in cooperation with the UNDP Burundi, CEDAC staff conducted a field visit to Cibitoke province. In Cibitoke, we work on the second phase of a wide-scale economic empowerment project for conflict-affected people.

The goal of this project is to bring a significant improvements to people’s livelihood in Cibitoke, since it has supported more than 1,000 beneficiaries for two and half years. During the first phase of this project which ran from June 2012 and was completed in December 2012, CEDAC brought people together and organized 72 groups of beneficiaries in Cibitoke province. Each of the groups must consists of 10 to 20 people, including ex-combatants, widows, former internally displaced peoples (IDPs) and others from different ethnic backgrounds affected by the conflict.

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Mr. Niragira, the Founder and Legal Representative of CEDAC Visits America

It was 30 October, 2013 when the legal representative of CEDAC flew to the United States of America.

The CEDAC’s Ambassador in the United States of America, a Mr. Edward Hakizimana invited Mr. Eric Niragira to participate in a series of events. The conferences were for advocacy and the lobbying of funds for projects to assist vulnerable victims of conflict in Africa. The events were held in Tucson and Phoenix, both major cities in the state of Arizona, America.

The presence of Mr. Niragira (the founding member for CEDAC), his active participation in the activities has helped to motivate stakeholders who want to assist in the peace-building process. It is noted that Mr. Niragira has already had meetings with the African community in Tucson. This has included the Archdiocese, Ronald McDonald House Foundation and representatives from the Protestant church.

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Advocacy for the Right of People Living with Disabilities

CEDAC and its partner Action On Armed Violence (AOAV) are soon to start advocacy activities for the rights of persons living with disability. Founded by the Australian development agency AusAID, this project aims to defend the fundamental rights of this vulnerable part of the Burundian population.

The main goal of those activities prepared from July 2013, is to obtain the ratification of the Convention for the Rights of Persons living with Disability (CRPD). See attached picture of a preparation meeting in Muramvya that took place in October 2013.

Adopted by the UN General Assembly on 13 December 2006, the CRPD became open to members of the UN for signature from 30 March 2007, and entered into force on 3 May 2008. This legislation does not create new rights, but is a legal commitment to people with disabilities throughout the world. It is a framework or a tool for people living with disabilities that they can use to defend their human rights. On 26 April 2007, Burundi committed to follow the legislation by signing.

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CEDAC's Executive Director at The 13th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates

The 13th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates was held in Warsaw, Poland from 12 to 23 October 2013 and this is the first time the summit has been held in central Eastern Europe.

The summit, first launched in Rome in 2000, has become amongst the key events for the discussion of democratic values, peace and freedom. The event also celebrates the significance of all human beings working together for the sake of peace and humanity.

This year’s summit focused on a number of challenges to peace under the motto is “Stand in solidarity for peace - time to act”.

The summit also provided each Nobel Peace Laureate with the opportunity to share their unique experiences. In this way the Laureates are able to show how their works and actions can be used as an example in the hope that others can bring peace to in their own societies and around the world.

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The Official Launch for the Construction of a Vocational Training Center in Kanerwa


This is the official launching ceremony of the project for the construction of a vocational training center in Kanerwa. The project led by CEDAC with the support of Terra Renaissance, a Japanese non-governmental organisation. The project will contribute to future job-creation under the guidelines of Vision 2025 in Burundi.

The Kanerwa hill is located in the Kanerwa, Muramvya Common, Kiganda, Zone Kiganda. The center will provide ex-combatants and other conflict-affected populations with a variety of vocational training.

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Mobilizing Burundian Youth for Peaceful Elections in 2015

In partnership with USAID, Collectif pour la Promotion des Association des Jeunes (CPAJ), and Search for Common Ground (SFCG) CEDAC have commenced a two year project preparing youth for peaceful elections in 2015. This long-term project aims at strengthening the capacity of youth in resisting political manipulation and violence in the lead up to the 2015.

In 2010, elections were marred by accusations of intimidation, political violence and ultimately an opposition party boycott that handed the ruling party a virtual monopoly on power. The current absence of political dialogue, the deteriorating economic situation and an environment of ongoing insecurity have left Burundian youth feeling marginalized and vulnerable. This vulnerability leaves youth open to political manipulation and recruitment into armed groups.

Read more: Mobilizing Burundian Youth for Peaceful Elections in 2015

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