Building Peace Across Borders a Contribution To The Great Lakes Cross Border Multi Partner Trust Fund

06 Dec 2017
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The peacebuilding challenges facing the Great Lakes region are regional and require a comprehensive, concerted and coordinated approach across state boundaries.

The recent political crisis stemming from the 2015 presidential and legislative elections resulted in massive displacements and undermined its fragile economy. Over 400,000 Burundians (or 4.8% of the population) have fled the country in the last two years. According to the June 2017 Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM)report, an estimated 214,895 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) live across Burundi. 54% are women and girls, among them 28% are 6 -17 years old and 33% are 18-39 years old.

Of those who have left Burundi, 56.1% have relocated to Tanzania. As of 31 July 2017, Tanzania is hosting 351,400 refugees and asylum-seekers, mainly from Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), in 3 camps in Northwest Tanzania: Nyarugusu, Nduta, and Mtendeli.

The overcrowded conditions in all three camps hamper humanitarian efforts to provide basic and dignified living conditions and result in a variety of health and protection risks, Water provision in all three camps is below minimum standards.

The project “Preventing conflict and building peace through addressing the drivers of conflict and instability associated with forced displacement between Burundi and Tanzania” financed by the Peacebuilding Fund aims to promote concrete cross-border, human rights-based and multi-agency approaches to peacebuilding in line with Pillar 3 (Mobility) and Pillar 6 (Justice and Conflict Prevention) of the UN Great Lake Regional Strategic Framework adopted by the UN Security Council.


The project is based on a three-pronged strategy:

  1. Strengthen cross-border protection monitoring:
  2. Increase resilience:
  3. Improve conflict and grievances management

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