Burundi - Support energy for cooking and restoration of the environment in four refugee camps

Project Summary

Approval Date 02 May 2018
Signature Date 10 Aug 2018
Planned Completion Date 29 Jun 2020
Last Disbursement Planned Date 30 Jun 2020
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Multi-Sector
DAC Sector Code 11330
Environmental Category 3
Commitment U.A 1,000,000
Status Completion

Project General Description

The proposed project aims at stabilising/building resilience to the fragility risks they face and peaceful co-habitation between the host population and refugees in Burundi. Burundi hosts many refugees fleeing instability in Eastern Congo and is under considerable environmental pressure due to the collection of firewood by these refugees. In this respect, the project design is based on an approach aimed at mitigating these fragility factors through the provision of alternative energy sources to firewood, reforestation in and around the camps and the promotion of peaceful co-habitation between refugees and the host population for better social cohesion which in turn contributes to the living conditions of the refugees and host population at the economic, social and health levels. Its implementation is structured around the following three (03) components: (i) Access to clean energy for cooking in the camps; (ii) Reforestation around the camps; and (iii) Peaceful co-habitation between refugees and host population through income generating activities.

Project Objectives

The project will improve the resilience and contribute to economic stability and self-reliance for refugees, host populations as well as vulnerable Burundian returnees across Burundi, in the areas where refugee camps are situated. This will be achieved by providing those three vulnerable groups with access to an alternative energy source for cooking in refugee camps and their host populations, including returnees, who live around the areas of Burundi in which refugee camps are situated, as those regions are subject to poverty and environmental degradation.


This project targets 43,296 people (about half of whom are women) living in refugee camps in Burundi, with special focus on refugee women and girls, taking into consideration their specific protection needs as prioritised during the Age, Gender and Diversity Mainstreaming (AGDM) in February 2018. They receive biomass briquettes as an alternative source of energy for cooking in the camps. This project contributes to the reduction of gender-based violence against women who have to collect firewood on the one hand, improvement of working conditions and reduction of hardship in the collection of firewood, improvement of the sanitary conditions of the refugees through the use of clean energy solutions etc.

Participating Organization

Fragile States Facility
Ministère des Finances


IATI identifier 46002-P-BI-K00-014
Last Update 29 Jan 2023


Contact Details

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

Geographic Location

Country Burundi
Coordinates Location Name
-3.5 30 Burundi