ACCORD brings Burundian civil society and security forces together for dialogue
5 Apr 2010
Civil Society, Army and Police Officers during the Burundi Dialogue Session
ACCORD prepares Burundian authorities for the country’s upcoming election – which is foreseen to be a politically volatile situation.
ACCORD’S Burundi Intervention Unit facilitated a three-day dialogue session for local civil society leaders, army and police commanders in Gitega, Burundi, from 29-31 March, in preparation for the country’s 2010 local and national elections.
The dialogue session provided an avenue for civil society and security forces to jointly address issues that could trigger violence in the post-electoral period, and to formulate strategies for violence prevention and management. Participants were drawn from the central and eastern provinces of Burundi (Cankuzo, Gitega, Karuzi and Ruyigi). During the session, participants developed action plans to guide the conduct of peaceful elections.
ACCORD Senior Trainer, Ms Kemi Ogunsanya, and ACCORD Senior Programme Officer, Mr Adelin Hatungimana facilitated the dialogue. The session also included presentations from political experts from Burundi and Kenya.
Burundi is a small, landlocked country in Central Africa (27 830 km2), with a population of approximately 7 million inhabitants. ACCORD first started working there in 1995, and has since opened four in-country offices in the towns of Bujumbura in 2003, Ruyigi and Rumonge in 2004, and Rutana in 2008. ACCORD uses its presence in the country to facilitate interactions among key stakeholders in Burundi and surrounding nations, build the skills of community leaders, politicians and civil society organisations, and assist in the peaceful reintegration of returning refugees.
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