The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) has been working in Burundi since 1975. After the controversial re-election of the President in 2015, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) suspended cooperation with the Burundian Government and police. All projects and programmes which aim to improve local living conditions are continuing.
On behalf of BMZ, GIZ has been working in Burundi’s water and sanitation sector since 2005. GIZ is also assisting Burundi with decentralisation, local economic development, reproductive health and family planning programmes. In addition, GIZ works with other regional partners on combating the illicit mineral trade.
Food security is a key priority throughout the region. In addition, with funding from the European Union, support is being provided to the Burundian Government on land rights and land registry issues. In cooperation with the Netherlands, GIZ and its partners are promoting the use of renewable energy by municipalities and households.