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.

Womens' group in Burundi

Our programmes

Based on its situation and needs analysis in Burundi, NCA’s core programmes are economic empowerment, climate resilience, WASH, and emergency preparedness and response. 

Economic empowerment

The flagship components of our economic empowerment programme are: 
a) effective business development and management
b) easy access to capital and local markets
c) promoting positive social norms that encourage equal participation for all in public sphere.
This approach is innovative as it combines well-tested project modalities to peacebuilding and youth economic empowerment, in addition to collaboration with the private sector. Hence, our economic empowerment programme is a result of a well-reflected methodology, with a long-term development approach to address systemic drivers of inequality.

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)

​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.

Emergency preparedness and response

WASH is our central emergency response, geared towards internally displaced people (IDPs) because of conflict and natural disasters.
WASH services are integrated with mitigation strategies for gender based violence and protection services to achieve maximum benefits for project beneficiaries. 
After our participation in the development of 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan, NCA Burundi plans to include protection, access to basic services, and building resilience and social cohesion in its emergency response. For aid harmonisation and to avoid duplication, NCA seeks collaboration with other humanitarian actors for a more effective and efficient multi-sectoral response. 

Climate resilience

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.​

Where we work

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. 

Who we work with

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.

Important documents


  • Agri Business Services, s.a. (ABS)
  • Association pour la Défense des Droits de la Femme (ADDF)
  • Action en Faveur des Enfants Vulnérables (AFEV)
  • The Anglican Church of Burundi
  • Burundi Business Incubator (BBIN)
  • Commission Episcopale Justice et Paix (CEJP)
  • Communauté des Eglises de Pentecôte au Burundi (CEPBU)
  • Council National des Eglises au Burundi (CNEB)
  • Entente Mutuelle et Solidarité (EMUSO)
  • Organisation Diocésaine pour l’Entraide et le Développement Intégral de Muyinga (ODEDIM)
  • Œuvre Humanitaire pour la Protection et le Développement de l’Enfant en Difficulté (OPDE)
  • Unissons-nous pour la Promotion des Batwas (UNIPROBA)