A growing population in Burundi is putting ever-increasing pressure on land, adding to tensions over ethnicity and regional instability. Present in Burundi since the 1980s, Oxfam Novib is supporting civil society partner organisations to improve the lives of marginalized rural populations.
Our right to a sustainable livelihood programme works to empower associations of farmers to expand their access to finance and markets, as well as with the sustainable technologies and knowledge to reduce their vulnerability to climate change – including by linking and learning with other groups in the region. In addition, the programme includes the development of entrepreneurial skills of people living in rural areas in order to increase their income, food security and creating employment.
We are also targeting an improvement in small-scale farmers’ resilience in conflict situations, through work on disaster risk reduction, conflict transformation and peace education as part of our “right to life and security” programme. This is especially important for women small-scale farmers, who are particularly at risk given the fragile security situation.
Women are also a major focus of our programme on the right to social and political participation in Burundi. We’re supporting partners to spread information about women’s rights, through both new and traditional media. We are working to ensure that all our local partners promote women’s leadership roles and mainstream gender justice in their work.
This programme also involves building the capacity of local partner organisations to lobby for legislation favouring women, as well as playing a watchdog role in monitoring government budgets and holding government accountable for combating corruption.
|Bron||Oxfam Novib, march 2011|