After 12 years of civil war, peace is gradually returning in Burundi. Despite the years of open conflict, the U.N. International Fund for Agricultural Development was one of the agencies that continued to implement community-based programs that built up the resilience of rural areas and regenerated sustainable livelihood.
As the East African country emerges from political unrest, IFAD will support efforts to promote sustainable and equitable economic growth and democratic governance, an agency official tells Devex Early Intelligence. According to the representative, a program is being developed to provide economic opportunities for the rural poor. The initiative will focus on provinces such as Cibitoke, where IFAD is currently implementing a rural recovery and development program.
The Devex Early Intelligence team also learned that the agency's assistance in Burundi has shifted from loans to grants. As a post-conflict country, it is included in IFAD's debt sustainability framework which seeks to transition poor countries from loan to grant mechanisms.