Economic challenges for rural poor

As Burundi continues to recover from civil war, the country’s peace remains fragile. Political instability is an ongoing issue, and economic challenges loom following the 12-year conflict.

The country is one of the most densely populated in Africa, with one of the highest population growth rates globally at over 3.5 percent per year. The people face significant land shortages, which poses a serious threat to a population that almost entirely relies on subsistence agriculture for survival.

What we’re doing in Burundi

As we partner with the Burundian people, we promote sustainable community development through human rights, leadership development, and livelihoods.

The LWF believes that the future development of the country rests with young people, so we work to empower youth through a variety of integrated programs.

We train youth in community projects that focus on citizenship, agriculture and entrepreneurship, and leadership development. We also promote human rights through awareness raising on gender justice and family planning.

We also support children through school safety zones that promote positive learning environments for children.