Burundi - Jiji and Mulembwe Hydropower Project (PHJIMU)

Project Summary

Approval Date 23 Jun 2014
Signature Date 31 Jul 2014
Planned Completion Date 30 Jun 2023
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Power
DAC Sector Code 23630
Environmental Category 1
Commitment U.A 14,340,000
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The Jiji and Mulembwe Hydropower Plants Development Project aims to improve Burundi’s electric power generation. With the combined installed capacity of the two plants, estimated at 48 MW, the national installed power generation capacity (which is now 39 MW) will more than double. The project concerns the development of two hydropower plants and the construction of infrastructure required for electric power transmission and distribution. These two development initiatives are located in the south-east of the country in Bururi Province. The two hydropower plants are about 3.75 km apart and are currently the most promising energy projects in this part of the country. The project will have a positive impact on the sustainability of the energy sector in particular, and Burundi’s economy in general. It will also enable the supply of electricity to local communities in the project area. As such, it will contribute to reducing the country’s energy shortfall and promoting green and inclusive growth. The project is structured into 3 (three) components: Component A comprises the Hydropower Plants and Related Infrastructure, Component B focuses on project technical assistance and Component C deals with electricity sector institutional development support.

Project Objectives

The objective of the project is to increase electricity generation, which will enable Burundi to promote the private sector, job creation and, consequently, economic diversification. These investments will certainly contribute to reducing the Burundian economy’s vulnerability to exogenous shocks and dependence on foreign aid, thereby helping to reduce the country’s fragility.


The project will benefit the entire Burundian population as interconnection will enable it to take advantage of increased national electricity supply made possible by the project.

Participating Organization

Fragile States Facility
Government of Burundi
Water and Electricity Generation and Distribution Corporation (REGIDESO)


IATI identifier 46002-P-BI-FA0-100
Last Update 15 Apr 2021


Contact Details

Name KONE Moussa
Email m.o.kone@afdb.org

Geographic Location

Country Burundi