Burundi Inter-Agency Working Group

Burundi 2015 Elections - Inter Agency Contingency Plan
Friday, April 24, 2015
Humanitarian Country Team (with OCHA support)

Burundi has made notable progress in the peace consolidation process since the 2000 Arusha Peace and Reconciliation agreement, which helped end the country’s long civil war. The upcoming 2015 general elections are considered as a critical milestone for the long-term peace and stability of Burundi. However, tensions continue to increase and the political landscape is marred by polarization and limited political space. Political exclusion and the struggle for power, which are among the main drivers of Burundi’s past conflicts, still exist. These persisting challenges could potentially trigger electoral violence, with massive humanitarian impact for Burundi and the neighbouring countries in the Great Lakes region. In this context, humanitarian agencies in Burundi have developed a plan to ensure that preparedness measures are in place to help save lives and alleviate acute suffering by providing necessary coordinated protection and assistance for people in need, including food; water, sanitation and hygiene; shelter; non-food items and health.