Operation: Opération: Burundi



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Key Figures

2018 planning figures
15,000 returning Burundian households will receive cash grants 
300 people of concern with specific needs will receive support (non-cash assistance)
250 grams of soap will be distributed monthly  for eachrefugee and asylum-seeker
20 litres of potable water will be available per person per day
10% of children (6-59 months) suffer from global acute malnutrition 
2016 end-year results
100% of children under five years and people with specific needs were provided with supplementary food
100% of all refugees in camps had access to primary healthcare services while 3,500 refugees in urban areas were supported
18,200 identity cards were provided to refugees in camps and urban areas
14,000 14,000 refugees in camps received basic and domestic items, including mosquito nets

People of Concern Personnes relevant de la compétence du HCR

Increase in
2016 208,049
2015 84,399
2014 138,111


[["Refugees",57469],["Asylum-seekers",3613],["IDPs",141221],["Returned refugees",4117],["Stateless",974],["Others of concern",655]]
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Year-end Overview

Plan Overview

Working environment

 Due to the forthcoming elections, the operational environment in Burundi and in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in 2018 and 2019 is unpredictable. Contingency plans will be updated as the situations in both countries are likely to affect UNHCR’s work in Burundi in the short term.
Burundi continues its open door policy for refugees and asylum-seekers and integrates refugees into the Burundian health and school system as well as facilitates access to necessary documentation. It plays a central role in the management of sites and camps, the refugee status determination (RSD) and documentation of refugees. The Government of Burundi is still willing to allocate new sites to establish new camps for refugees. The Government has just allocated a fifth site for refugees. Advocacy for the adoption and ratification of the Conventions relating to people of concern to UNHCR will be intensified in 2018.
UNHCR will strengthen its collaboration with its governmental partners, NGOs and UN sister agencies, including WFP, UNICEF, UNFPA, WHO, UNAIDs and with regional organizations such as the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR). Given the particular operational environment, the Office will maintain a close relationship with the Government and donors.

Key priorities

In 2018 UNHCR will focus on:
  • Strengthening capacity building in relation to the asylum procedure in order to maintain a favourable protection environment.
  • Participating in joint camp committees with the Government counterpart (ONPRA) to ensure respect of RSD standards and advocating for free civil documentation of people of concern.   
  • In collaboration with ONPRA, ensuring freedom of movements and access to territory for refugees and asylum-seekers
  • Implementing the child protection strategy, including strengthening the identification of children at risk through best interest assessments for each unaccompanied and separated children in the camps and strengthen family tracing mechanism.
  • Preventing and addressing sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), especially to younger women and girls, including prevention of survival sex and other protection measures,
  • Prioritizing, identifying and assisting the most at-risk beneficiaries through social assessments, the provision of material assistance, specialized health care and durable solutions.
  • In the area of ​​education, improving the protection of children, young refugees and the promotion of their rights, including children with specific needs, are priorities. Nevertheless, the number of refugee children dropping out of school is increasing, especially at the secondary level, which creates several protection risks. In order to put an end to school drop-out and to improve the school attendance rate, the construction of additional classrooms and the rehabilitation of the current rooms which are in poor condition are necessary.
  •  As for health, continuing to explore the possibilities of including refugees in existing national strategies to ensure they have access to the same treatment as nationals.   
  • In terms of durable solutions, if the situation improves in the DRC, registering intentions of return and facilitating returns facilitated in safety and dignity, developing a livelihood strategy, and implementing innovative activities in the camps.  Well-functioning IGAs will be strengthened and motivated refugees supported with entrepreneurship skills. Resettlement will remain a protection tool.
  • Priority activities will target women, children and people with specific needs. The focus will be put on the following activities: return assistance, assessment of the vulnerabilities of returnees, protection monitoring, social cohesion and self-reliance through a community-based approach, advocacy for an access to basic social services including to civil and justice services, capacity building of public administration and grassroots communities on different protection issues, and coordination with other humanitarian actors and development agencies.
In 2018 UNHCR will also focus on advocacy for: updating of the nationality law in Burundi, including relevant provisions from the two statelessness conventions; joining the global campaign against statelessness and the domestication of actions set out in the 2014-2024 Global Action Plan; and the population at risk of statelessness for the recognition of the residence permit in their possession in the various civil status documents, and finally, efforts to find lasting solutions for the population at risk of statelessness in Burundi.
In addition, UNHCR will strengthen its role in humanitarian coordination aiming preventive measures to internal displacement and finding durable solutions as well as play a central role in the advocacy for effective access of IDPs to their reception area without discrimination to basic social services, administrative documentation and self-reliance opportunities.