Project information

Livelihoods for the Batwa people of Burundi 2015

To improve livelihoods for the most disadvantaged and marginalised people by enabling Batwa communities in need, both rural and urban, to benefit from a reduction in poverty in a sustainable way.

April 2014 - March 2017

Charity information: Cord

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  • Need


    We want to improve the standard of living, level of inclusion and status of 2000 Batwa households (up to 5% of whom are female headed households) across five provinces in Burundi.


    We will achieve this by working with two local partners to increase food security, employment opportunities, self promotion and representation.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Increase land use through improved crop production, livestock rearing and agricultural techniques.


    » Training in agriculture and livestock techniques
    » Provision of inputs for banana cultivation
    » Provision of inputs for mushroom cultivation
    » Provision of livestock inputs

    What success will look like

    Increase in number of households with improved standard of living based on locally defined standard of living threshold.

    Aim 2

    Increased number of adult men and women with literacy, vocational skills and access to savings


    » Literacy Training
    » Vocational training and support
    » Savings and loans schemes

    What success will look like

    Increased % of targeted households reporting increased income. Increase in people (M&F) in establishing savings and loans groups and reporting regular saving.

    Aim 3

    Increased capacities of Batwa communities and leaders to voice their interests


    » Social dialogue
    » Capacity development

    What success will look like

    Increase in number of Batwa leaders making representations to authorities on Batwa needs and interests. Increase in number of Batwa who can express knowledge of their rights.

    Aim 4

    Increased inclusion in decision making processes of Batwa needs and interests


    » Advocacy
    » Land Rights

    What success will look like

    Increase in number of opportunities for Batwa issues to be raised and discussed with authorities. Increase in number of schools with an active policy on including Batwa children.

  • Impact


    To improve the standard of living, inclusion and status of 2000 households (up to 5 % of whom are FHH) across five provinces in Burundi through increased food security, employment opportunities, self promotion and representation.


    There is insufficient land available, preventing the acquisition of new, registered land for the Batwa. In response, the project will start the process early with Government and engage in advocacy at the Ministerial level. Crops and livestock diseases may affect productivity, and the project will therefore use community vets. Women may not attend literacy classes, feeling intimidated by male participants, and so the project has been designed to include women only literacy classes.


    With a project launch event in Burundi and thereafter regular reports throughout the year to key stakeholders. We will use our printed medium of newsletters and annual report, and will maximise the use of our website and social media to engage and showcase the work.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £503,014

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      Amount Heading Description
      £74,482 Overheads Overheads
      £29,352 Capital Capital
      £399,180 Revenue Revenue

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Big Lottery £417,696 Guaranteed
    Guernsey Overseas Aid Commission £40,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The project will work in 12 sites throughout rural Burundi, including Bubanza, Gitega, Rutana, Bururi and Bujumbura Rural.


    Out of the three ethnic groups in Burundi, the nomadic Batwa community suffer some of the most widespread socio-economic discrimination. This results in them living in poverty and unable to fulfil their human potential.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Cord has been working with people and communities affected by conflict throughout Africa and Asia for over 40 years and has extensive experience of reducing poverty by delivering basic services, livelihood initiatives, and education programmes, all with a view to contributing towards sustainable and inclusive peace. We have learned a great deal in Burundi over the past 10 years, as a result of our local context analysis and our experience of working in partnership with local organisations.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Fulgence Ndagijimana

    Fulgence is the Country Director in Burundi and will have a key role in working with our two key partners in this project.