The World Bank has said it will pledge more than US $ 500 million to support the development projects of the Burundian government.
This was revealed by Véronique Kabongo, the representative of the World Bank in Burundi. She was visiting Prime Minister Alain Guillaume Bunyoni on Tuesday, September 21, 2021.
Depending on the details, their discussions focused on several points including confirmation of support for socio-economic development.
“We hope to commit this year a total of US $ 500 million in grants to Burundi in various fields, including trade facilitation, digitization, infrastructure and many others,” Kabongo said.
Meanwhile, in May, the World Bank Group approved a $ 6 million grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to help communities restore degraded landscapes and scale up sustainable forest management practices. land for more resilient food production and strengthened value chains.
“Climate change is the ultimate fragility threat multiplier in a country like Burundi, and this additional funding builds on the recognition that landscape restoration efforts must be addressed to tackle the multifaceted issues related to climate change. rural poverty, nutrition, food security and land use at the community level, ”the World Bank official said at the time.
Burundi has a policy that obliges all international NGOs to apply an ethnic quota system which, since 2018, has soiled relations between the government and NGOs.
In October 2018, the government imposed a three-month suspension on nearly all international NGOs operating in Burundi earlier this month as part of a broader crackdown on civil society, analysts said, in a country where around 3 , 6 million people are in need of humanitarian aid. assistance.
Government officials say the ban results from the organizations’ violation of an article of the General Framework for Cooperation between the Republic of Burundi and foreign NGOs, a 2017 amendment which means that the recruitment of national staff must respect quotas ethnicities set out in the constitution.
But aid workers have argued that while the national constitution seeks to achieve ethnic balance in public administration, it does not include recruitment parameters for NGOs.
“The logic behind the constitutional law is to encourage power sharing… and no one questions power sharing as a principle at government level… but why are these quotas specifically implemented on INGOs and not on other sectors? Rachel Nicholson, an Amnesty International researcher, asked.
Some 130 international NGOs are represented in Burundi, according to a government official.
The suspension excluded international NGOs that run hospitals and schools, in what some say is a tactic to avoid blame for any negative impact of the suspension.
In June 2020, Major General Evariste Ndayishimiye officially took over as the new president of Burundi to replace his former boss Pierre Nkurunziza, who died of a sudden illness.
Nkurunziza had maintained very bad relations with international NGOs and other global institutions which then suspended aid to the East African nation.
Major General Evariste Ndayishimiye appears to be seeking a new path with NGOs and global institutions as he urgently seeks financial and technical support to rebuild the country after years of problematic leadership from his former boss.