The Governance and Social Cohesion Programme covers three components:(1) promotion of citizen participation and accountability, (2) support the local authorities in the planning and development of DCSPs and the implementation of community projects, and (3) contributing to social cohesion and the promotion of the rule of law. Each component presents opportunities and challenges. In view of the political crisis which broke out in April and which has rekindled ethnic and political divisions and has a direct impact on the social cohesion of grassroots communities, the problem of conflict prevention and resolution in Burundi must be addressed without prevarication and priority actions must go beyond traditional conflict resolution mechanisms. The outbreak of the political crisis in April 2015 suggests that the mechanisms for conflict prevention and management have had their limits, which is why it is necessary to think about strengthening the existing mechanisms or inventing new ones. Since 2018, ERB in partnership with GIZ and OXFAM has been implementing two projects that use a community empowerment approach to the protection of human rights, community prioritization of needs and response to security issues.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Community and household security, human rights, gender-based violence, economic empowerment of women and young people

Capacity-building of local authorities in financial governance and the accountability of elected officials