Burundi - Youth Unemployment Reduction and Diaspora Engagement

Project Summary

Approval Date 15 Jan 2020
Signature Date 05 Jun 2020
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2022
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Social
DAC Sector Code 11231
Environmental Category 3
Commitment U.A 1,000,000
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The proposed project intends to play a leading role in the implementation of the national employment policy and strategies by using an innovative approach to address the issue of youth employment through market-based training modules and by engaging members of the Burundi Diaspora to play a key role. The Burundi Diaspora comprises a wealth of human resources with varied skills which, if properly managed, would be beneficial for the development of the country. This project aims to reintegrate these skills into the overall development of Burundi, with a particular emphasis on knowledge transfer and exchange of experience in all its forms to address the fragility factors that undermine the employment of Burundian youth. In doing so, this Project will contribute to strengthening the relationship between the Government and its Diaspora. Finally, it will have a positive impact on the lives of vulnerable youth by providing them with better prospects for the future, thus contributing to strengthening the country's resilience. The Project comprises three (3) components: (i) a baseline assessment, market study and mapping of the Burundi Diaspora and awareness raising activities (ii) a series of business and vocational skills trainings coupled with work placements and livelihood support targeted at different categories of youth, and (iii) Capacity Building for the Government of Burundi to promote the engagement of the Diaspora in the economic financing of the country. The total cost amounts to UA 1,000,000 or approximately USD 1,398,000. It is expected that the activities will be implemented for twenty-four (24) months in two provinces: Bujumbura Mairie and Gitega. Currently, these two provinces have a high number of unemployed, underemployed or otherwise disadvantaged youth.

Project Objectives

The objective of the project is to contribute to the reduction of Burundian youth unemployment which is a factor of fragility by creating sustainable jobs and providing youth with the necessary professional and business skills to succeed in the formal labour market through diaspora engagement. This overall objective is broken down into the following specific objectives: (i) To improve the vocational skills of at-risk youth through appropriate Diaspora training aimed at improving the economic prospects of at-risk youth; (ii) To improve targeted dialogue with the Burundian Diaspora as trainers and distance mentors to promote youth employment; (iii) Strengthen Diaspora-Government dialogue to improve Diaspora involvement in the country's economic development and promote youth empowerment, including a mapping exercise of Burundi Diaspora demographics in two strategic countries; (iv) Support the strategic process of putting in place incentives including standardisation of procedures for strong Diaspora involvement in the financing of the Country in general, and the NDP in particular.


This project will directly benefit at least 450 young people (50% of whom are women), including young people at risk of irregular immigration, young people at risk of being trafficked, young people at risk of violence or criminality, internally displaced young people and young returnees, as well as young people involved in sports activities within the various associations. Within these six risk groups, priority will be given to young orphans, female heads of household and the disabled.

Participating Organization

Fragile States Facility
International Organization for Migration BUrundi


IATI identifier 46002-P-BI-I00-004
Last Update 02 Feb 2023


Contact Details

Name NSABIMANA Jean Claude
Email j.nsabimana@afdb.org

Geographic Location

Country Burundi
Coordinates Location Name
-3.5 29.95 Gitega Province
-3.3822 29.3644 Bujumbura