Where we work

• Makamba
• Cibitoke
• Rumonge

ZOA Burundi works with conflict and natural disaster affected populations in remote areas, especially smallholder farmers, youth, vulnerable households and primary schools.

We work in the following sectors:

  • Food security & Livelihoods
  • WASH
  • Peacebuilding

What we do in Burundi

Burundi is experiencing a chronic crisis. The political situation remains tense, with a devastating impact on the economy. Climate change results in disturbed agricultural seasons, influencing the availability of drinking water. The high population density and its dependence on subsistence farming causes scarcity of land, contributing to land conflicts. Through our integrated approach, we support vulnerable people who are struggling to survive.

Decreasing conflict through registration of land rights

Since 2014 ZOA implements land certification projects in Makamba with the objective to secure land ownership and reduce the number of conflicts arising around land, funded by the Dutch Embassy and USAID. Throughout the project, there is special attention to women’s land rights, as they are the backbone of households and farms. Since land conflicts are a severe threat to insecurity in Burundi, ZOA trains local structures in conflict mediation whom settle disputes between landowners. Between 2014 and 2018, around 80.000 land parcels have been registered.

Local peace committees

On village level peace committees are created and trained to make conflict mediation accessible for the most vulnerable. These peace committees represent different social groups and do not ask anything in return for their services. Their approach is to always look for reconciliation between different parties in conflict, so that no grievances remain.

Improving food security and livelihoods

In consortium with IFDC, Alterra, and Oxfam we trained more than 10,000 farmers in Cibitoke, Makamba, Muyinga and Rumonge to increase agricultural production through the PIP approach. This approach is stirring farmers’ intrinsic motivation to realize their household’s vision of three to five years. A detailed planification of the household’s activities, income and expenditures is made involving all household members.

Our approach is stirring farmers’ intrinsic motivation to realize their household’s vision.

This improves social cohesion within the household and especially empowers women in decision-making on the household level. Combined with technical agricultural trainings and Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLA) the project contributes to improved food security and income at household level. The next step is to create a vision for the development of the whole village, based on the a problem analysis and objectives set by the community members themselves.

Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)

ZOA also contributes to improved access to drinking water and sanitation.  Up to 2018 ZOA completed the protection of and access to 51 natural springs, 13 boreholes, rain water collection systems in Rumonge, Makamba and Cibitoke, providing clean drinking water in often very remote areas primary schools and health centers.

In Cibitoke hygiene at primary schools is promoted:10 ecological latrine blocks, and 10 pit latrine blocks were constructed and students receive weekly training on (menstrual) hygiene. Girls at those schools have additionally received reusable sanitary pads that allow them to go to school.

Donors and partners

With funding from

Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Royal Dutch Embassy, USAID, WFP, the Waterloo Foundation, ZOA Business Ambassadors, and ZOA the Netherlands.

In cooperation with

Réseau Burundi 2000+, MIPAREC, SaCoDé. International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC), Alterra and Oxfam Novib.