Norwegian Church Aid in Burundi
- Presence established: 1996
- Funds used in 2018: 9.1 million NOK
NCA Burundi is committed to addressing the systemic drivers of poverty that adversely affect women and youth through facilitating their access to market and entrepreneurial opportunities. We employ novel economic empowerment strategies that integrate elements of peace-building and encourage positive changes in social norms.
Based on its situation and needs analysis in Burundi, NCA’s core programmes are economic empowerment, climate resilience, WASH, and emergency preparedness and response.
To ensure reliable access to adequate and effective WASH services, we work closely with the local communities and authorities to install or refurbish water and sanitation infrastructures, and provide information to raise awareness and encourage positive hygiene behaviour.
By educating children on hygiene and health, the whole community benefits. Read about our work with hygiene clubs.
To build resilient communities, our aim is to enhance the self-subsistence and income of rural households by reducing the vulnerability of communities to natural disasters and boosting their resilience capacity. Additional focus areas are on increasing harvest yields through sustainable farming practices, knowledge of climate threats, and corresponding mitigation strategies.
NCA's core programmes are implemented in two provinces:
Kirundo is highly vulnerable to the consequences of climate change, hampering area’s economic development, where few other international NGOs operate.
Bujumbura Rurale, also exposed to the effects of climate change, has struggled to develop socially and economically following the civil war.
NCA’s emergency response in Burundi is countrywide, as part of its role in the WASH coordination group.
NCA has been working in Burundi since 1996, building partnerships with a number of local secular and faith-based organisations in the country.
We also work with state institutions, such as the Provincial Directorate of Agriculture and Livestock (DPAE), and partnership with Burundi Geographical Institute (IGEBU), and National Centre for Food Technology (CNTA) is in the pipeline.
Norwegian Church Aid believes it is the people and the communities themselves that can bring lasting change. We implement our programmes together with Burundian partner organisations and are in close contact and coordination with local government structures. This is in line with our overall goal of contributing to sustainable development for Burundi and its people. Our partners have a community-centred approach, rich experience and deep knowledge of the local context.