I. Education

Since its independence, Burundi has been affected by series of socio-politico-economic crises. Since April 2015, Burundi has seen the deterioration of its sociopolitical situation, leading to the displacement of over 230,000 Burundians to neighboring countries (UNHCR, 2016). That has also impacted negatively the education. The average dropout rate for all three years 2016 (179,522 equal to 7,75%); in 2017 (218,345 equal to 9,2%) and in 2018 (280,605 equal to 9,7%) the total is 8.9%.  Only one on two children goes to school.

Main Education Challenges

Educators’ Task, Lack of instructional materials and resources, Educators’ poor living conditions, Overcrowding, Student’s poorest living conditions. 

Our intervention goals

To provide children, youth and adults with safe and quality educational opportunities that help them learn the skills they need to survive and thrive.

Ensure that children aged 0 to 5 develop cognitive and social-emotional skills

  • Supporting parents in providing consistent, nurturing and supportive behaviors towards young children, including engaging in supportive play and learning activities;
  • Providing community resources that help keep young children safe in their homes, schools and communities, and support them when they experience harm.

Ensure that school-aged children develop literacy, numeracy and social-emotional skills

  • Providing teaching and learning materials so teachers and facilitators are equipped to teach meaningful lessons;
  • Ensuring children are healthy and well-nourished in order to learn;

Ensure that children, youth, and adults have regular access to safe and functional education services

  • Supporting and training teachers to establish safe and nurturing educational environments;
  • Removing the barriers that prevent girls from attending school, and ensuring they are safe;

Our actions

Improving school infrastructures in rural areas

IPSDI-Burundi is involved in schools building in rural areas to help vulnerable people including IDPs and Returns population to sharp with children’s lack of school and school dropouts because of high number in class and enhancing the education for all. 

Promoting the enrollment and retention of rural girls at school

IPSDI-BURUNDI contributes in mobilizing and retaining girls at school. Each year more than 3500 vulnerable girls are impacted by our activities supported by Global Funds for Children (GFC), School materials, hygiene kits and rewards are provided each beginning and ending of school year. 

II. Community Socio-Economic wellbeing

Burundi’s economy relays on the agricultural sector which employs 80% of the population and contributes only about 40% of GDP but, rural farmers are in precarious poverty of 74.7% .

Our goals

IPSDI Burundi provides direct assistance for people as they try to feed their families and find a safe place to live, and we work to improve livelihoods opportunities for long-term economic wellbeing. 

Community Food security

IPSDI-Burundi is working with community based cooperatives in the sectors of agriculture, breeding and vocational activities to improve their socio-economic situation and contribute with their efforts in integrative development of the country 

Linking between Agriculture, Food Security and Gender

Burundian Female farmers face limited access to markets, financial services, a balanced diet, and agricultural inputs such as seeds, livestock and labor, which also limits their productivity and consequently the well-being of their families. This linkage of food security, agriculture and gender equality has the great potential to address the complex relationships that exist between gender inequality, food security, and low economic empowerment in Burundi.

Our actions

  • Increasing food production is the first priority objective through Community cooperative Creation and revitalization;
  • Enhancing rural community’s employment and services.

Those Cooperatives are created to strengthen local community in(i) Farming; (ii) Vocational activities: Soap making and tailoring(iii)Goats farming; (iv)chickens laying farm and chicks production; (v)Income generating activities: shops and (vi) Training on leadership and management of local cooperatives 

III. Health

Poor health can undermine people’s potential to improve their lives. IPSDI Burundi jointly contribute reducing health risks for those who are experiencing or recovering from conflict, disaster, malnutrition, lack of water supply, uncleanness, family planning, youth sexual and reproduction.

Our actions

(1) Ensure that children are treated for and protected from the leading causes of death

  • Empowering community health workers to deliver treatment for pneumonia, diarrhea, malaria, malnutrition and other leading causes of child death;
  • Using peer educators and mobile technology, to ensure that underserved children have access to immunization.

(2) Ensure that people receive the wide-ranging support they need

  • Helping people advocate for themselves, access health insurance, find doctors and receive the right care;
  • Ensuring that people can manage long-term health conditions, such as hypertension and diabetes;

(3) Ensure that women and girls have access to reproductive health services

  • Supporting skilled health workers who keep women and babies safe during pregnancy and childbirth;
  • Increasing access to FP for women in crisis zones, including long-acting methods;

(4) Ensure that people are emotionally and mentally healthy

  • Making sure they have places to go for mental health and emotional support where they can feel comfortable and safe;
  • Educating people about ways they can support their own emotional and mental wellbeing and cope with stress.​


Burundi is full of abundant water resources but the demand for potable water is not met and hygiene and sanitation services within rural communities and schools are even more limited. IPSDI-Burundi intervenes in this area in order to:

Ensure that people have access to clean water and sanitation

  • Providing them with access to safe water and improved sanitation;
  • Working with community health committee and schools clubs to promote the widespread adoption of healthy hygiene practices. 

Ensure that rural people have access to skills and kits on WASH

Equipping peer communities with the skills, kits and contacts they need to manage their water supplies