Case Study: Burundi | Sustainable Livelihoods

Years of conflict due to political and ethnic rivalry have contributed greatly to Burundi’s lack of economic and social development the past two decades. High population growth and limited agricultural lands on top of inadequate basic health and education services contribute to the cycle of poverty that many Burundians experience.

In partnership with the Anglican Church of Burundi, Episcopal Relief & Development supports multi-sector development programs that support agriculture and improve community health with particular emphasis on reducing HIV/AIDS and ending gender-based violence (GBV).

 To increase food supply while protecting the environment, communities in Burundi are improving their land by planting trees and digging contour trenches to reduce erosion and conserve water. Farmers are learning climate-smart crop management techniques and contributing to seed nurseries. At the household level, families are planting kitchen gardens to increase availability and diversity of nutritious food.

The Church of Burundi has had a strong presence in national-level advocacy forums on GBV, HIV/AIDS and other social and health development issues, and its community-based programs address these issues at the local level. HIV/AIDS prevention activities focus on mother-to-child transmission, with faith and youth leaders working to raise awareness and reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with the disease (similar strategies were used during the Ebola epidemic). GBV prevention and response efforts equip faith and lay leaders to support survivors of violence and change destructive attitudes and behaviors related to gender and sexuality.

Alleviating Hunger and Improving Food Supply

  • Exploring climate-smart strategies to improve crop production and diversity
  • Improving the land through reforestation and conservationIncreasing access to nutritious food through small-scale farming

Promoting Health and Fighting Disease

  • Building and improving systems to harvest, store, transport and protect clean water
  • Increasing access and use of clean water, sanitary latrines and hygiene practices
  • Reducing the impact of HIV/AIDS by providing services, promoting awareness and fighting discrimination
  • Reducing gender-based violence (GBV) and increasing care and services for survivors

Responding to Disasters and Rebuilding Communities

  • Examining possible hazards and leveraging local strengths and resources to reduce disaster risk and build resilience

Burundi Press Releases & Stories

Episcopal Relief Debuts A New VideoCharting Pathways to Integration and ImpactWorld Malaria Day 2016: NetsforLife® Celebrates Ten Years of Strengthening Communities to End MalariaWorld Malaria Day 2015: NetsforLife® Doubles Malaria Net Total, Expands Volunteer Capacity

Fast Facts

Burundi has reduced its rate of HIV/AIDS-related deaths by 75%, but is still in the top third worldwide.

Agriculture accounts for over 40% of Burundi's GDP and employs more than 90% of the population.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Goal 2: Zero Hunger

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Goal 5: Gender Equality

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Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

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Goal 15: Life on Land

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