Bujumbura 3 August 2012 – The United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) assistance to Burundi was discussed during the 43rd Joint Steering Committee meeting, co-chaired by Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General and UN Resident Coordinator Ms. Rosine-Sori-Coulibaly and the Permanent Secretary of the National Committee for Aid Coordination (CNCA), Mr. Pamphile Muderega.
This Committee is the decision making body of the Funds management in the country which among other responsibilities gives strategic orientation on the funds management and approves program/project documents and progress reports. This Wednesday meeting was intended to approve the progress reports of the project in support of the activities of the National Independent Commission on Human Rights and the Peacebuilding Program on reintegration of war affected persons.
The reintegration program was approved in June 2011 by the Joint Steering Committee and the Peace Building Support Office (PBSO) approved and transferred 9.2 million USD to the different implementing UN agencies (UNDP, UNHCR, UNFPA, UN Women, ILO and FAO). This reintegration program is expected to run for two years in its initial phase and is being implemented in three western Provinces of Burundi: Bubanza, Bujumbura Mairie and Cibitoke.
As for the project on support to the National Independent Commission on Human Rights, this is the last of the 18 projects that the first PBF assistance to Burundi worth 35 million USD was received. These projects were classified into four peacebuilding domains: Peace and Governance; Security Sector Reform (SSR); Justice and Human Rights; and Land issues and Early Recovery. All the other projects had been evaluated and closed in 2010.
PBF is the Secretary-General's Fund launched in 2006 to support activities, actions, programmes and organizations that seek to build a lasting peace in countries emerging from conflict. Aside Burundi, its agenda includes Sierra Leone, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Central Africa Republic and Nepal.