Where we work


UNCDF has been present in Burundi since 1982, supporting decentralization and poverty reduction, and strengthening local institutional capacity in public expenditure management piloted on the basis of UNCDF’s Local Development Fund.

Today, UNCDF offers catalytic finance models that unlock public and private resources in “last mile” environments, especially at the domestic level, to reduce poverty and support local economic development.

In 2008 and 2011 UNCDF launched and expanded MicroLead programme, a global initiative that helps providers to reach rural markets with demand-driven, responsibly priced and customer-centric products offered via alternative delivery channels (such as rural agents, mobile phones, roving agents, point-of-sales devices), digital finance and informal group linkages, offered in conjunction with financial education. By facilitating access to a range of formal financial services, MicroLead empowers women economically, promotes household security and resilience including food security, and encourages better education and health for rural populations.

Through Local Development Finance, UNCDF is implementing Finance for Food (F4F) initiative as component of FBSA multi-actor programme, investing in infrastructure for improving food security, and helping the government to make food security and LAFIAS a central part of national planning and budgeting. Additionally, UNCDF is implementing UNDP’s PACTE component to improve municipal capacities for delivery of local services to citizens, and to promote inter-municipal cooperation to share services and solutions that respond to local issues.

Programmes in Burundi


investing in infrastructure for improving food security

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develop, pilot and scale deposit services for low income, rural populations, particularly women

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Results in Burundi


Our Team

Bujumbura, Burundi

Souleymane Sow

Programme Management Specialist

Vital Katabazi

Civil Engineer Expert

Alphonsine Hakizimana

Administrative and Finance Associate