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Building Trust in Burundi; Authorities and the Population

Friday, 19. March 2021

Collaborating for trust

In Burundi, Initiatives of Change (IofC) is a collective of three teams working in Burundi with the mission of contributing to the promotion and building of peace, in order to strengthen trust in the country.

These three IofC teams are:

  • Artisans de Paix Burundi (AdP Burundi) or ‘Creators of Peace (CoP Burundi)’
  • Association Tugenderubuntu pour la Consolidation de la Paix (ATCP) or ‘Tugenderubuntu for Peacebuilding Association’ 
  • Rassemblement des Jeunes Initiateurs du Changement (RJIC) or ‘Gathering of Young Initiators of Change’

Association Tugenderubuntu pour la Consolidation de la Paix (ATCP)

The ‘Association Tugenderubuntu pour la Consolidation de la Paix (ATCP)’ was created by Burundian officials who participated in peace conferences organized by Initiatives of Change International in Switzerland between 2000 and 2013. ATCP applies the values and dialogue facilitation methodology learned from IofC and incorporates both in a project called Consolidation de la Paix au Burundi (CPB) or ‘Peacebuilding in Burundi’. Launched in 2010, the project was initially funded by the Swiss Confederation. Currently, it receives funding from the Swiss Confederation and the Netherlands.

Authorities and the population

In the first quarter of 2021, ATCP organized twelve (12) capacity building workshops on responsible leadership and good governance for local administrative authorities. These activities were carried out in the provinces of Burundi and aimed to support this process of peacebuilding, with a view to building trust through ethical leadership within the administrative entities of the country.

To achieve this, the speaker and facilitators encouraged participants / administrative authorities to:

  • Demonstrate honesty 

The slightest breach of the duty of honesty seriously compromises the moral foundations of public services. Being dishonest causes the population to withdraw their trust.

  • Practice conflict management 

By initiating and developing these mechanisms among their peers and those being governed.

  • Promote social cohesion

Beyond their differences, peace between the administrative authorities as individuals strengthens their power to develop the communities for which they are responsible.

  • Fight corruption 

Any form of embezzlement of funds (public and/or private) is bad practice and consequently destroys the trust between the authorities and the population.

  • Work ‘in unison’ 

Collaboration helps to build trust among colleagues.

  • Equal distribution

Social benefits intended for the population are shared equally between all groups, administrative or otherwise.