Burundi

At a glance:

Population: 10.9m

Total area: 27,830 sq km 

GDP per capita: $600 

Population on less than US $1.25 per day: 81.3%

Life expectancy at birth: 60 years

Literacy rate: 72.9% male; 61.8% female

One doctor per 33,000 persons

In the poorest of the countries (GDP per capita) in which Afrinspire has major partners, we have established relationships with several indigenous organisations. 

The assassination of Burundi's first democratically elected president in 1993 triggered widespread ethnic violence between Hutu and Tutsi factions. As a result, more than 200,000 Burundians perished in the next 12 years. A majority Hutu government was elected in 2005 and re-elected in 2010 but continues to face a great many political and economic challenges. Burundi is resource-poor and relies on unsteady export earnings from coffee and tea. 93.6% of the labour force is made up of agricultural workers. Less than 2% of Burundian homes have electricity, over a quarter of citizens have no access to improved drinking water, and economic development is hindered by the dire personal circumstances of many citizens. 

Afrinspire's partners in Burundi: 

Baptist Union of Churches in Burundi

Solidarité Oecuménique Pour L'Education Et Le Développement Commanautaire