Years of civil war, land shortages, high fertility rates, insufficient agricultural production and the return of Burundian refugees have rendered Burundi near the bottom of the UN Human Development Index, ranking 185 out of 187 countries. However, there is great potential for Burundi's development.
Catholic Relief Services continues to help Burundians rebuild their lives after years of civil war there. Burundi, the second most densely populated country in Africa, has experienced recurrent periods of violence since its independence in 1962. As Burundi moves toward peace and democracy, CRS has worked hand in hand with Burundians in areas such as agriculture, access to safe and nutritious food, microfinance, peacebuilding and health, including HIV.
|Population:||10,888,321 (2013 est.)|
|Size:||10,747 sq mi; about the size of Maryland|
|People Served:||323,348 (2013 est.)|
Catholic Relief Services opened its Burundi office in 1961 to address the influx of 160,000 refugees from present-day Rwanda. In 1962, operations were expanded to include maternal and child health and social welfare. In 1986, CRS shifted its activities toward long-term sustainable development in the areas of agriculture, health (including HIV and AIDS), microfinance, and peace and justice.
When war broke out in 1993, CRS addressed emergency needs while continuing ongoing development projects. The situation improved in 2003, and democratic elections followed in 2005. The last remaining rebel group laid down its weapons in 2009. With peace prevailing in the country, CRS and our partners are transitioning from emergency response programs to more development efforts.
PartnersSOPRAD (Solidarité Pour la Promotion de L'Assistance et du Développement)
International Medical Corps