The Republic of Burundi ranks 178th out of 187 countries in the 2013 Human Development Index. Two decades of conflict have resulted in grave social setbacks and decimated the local infrastructure. The crisis has had a direct effect on the governance system, which tends to be highly centralized, under-inclusive, and with low national and local capacities to provide security and essential services. As the country continues to work towards stabilization, the Government has responded to these challenges by devising initiatives that support a decentralization process. The goal of the decentralization process is to strengthen public services at the local level towards the goal of reducing poverty.
How We Are Helping?
Since 2006, UNCDF has been helping Burundi meet its development challenges. Through its programme Appui à la Reconstruction et au Développement Communal dans la province de Rutana project, UNCDF supports decentralization and poverty reduction. The programme works to strengthen local institutional capacity in public expenditure management piloted on the basis of a local development fund.
UNCDF's MicroLead programme helps to increase the access to financial services, particularly savings, by supporting the expansion of microfinance savings-led market leaders.