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.

We entered the second phase in August 2013, this part of the process was aimed at helping them decide what kind of business they want to start and develop with financial support provided by the UNDP. Having had several discussions among and between those groups of beneficiaries and CEDAC, the beneficiaries were provided with initial funding support to start income-generating activities such as rice farming, beekeeping and other agricultural activities.

The field visits were to follow-up and monitor the progress of their activities and to discuss other provisions for further support. Since some of the associations require further technical support in order to process the crops that they grow, CEDAC will continue to provide support over the next two and half years and beyond if needed, to ensure that each of the associations successfully grow their agricultural business in the long term.

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