Burundi: Conflict Resources

General

BBC Country Profile: Burundi: An insightful yet relative basic overview of the political, social and economical landscape. Also noteworthy is the timeline feature.

BINUB: UN Integrated office in Burundi: This office was established by the Security Council in 2006 to assist the Burundian Government in efforts towards peace and stability. This is a vital tool in understanding how the UN is tackling the social challenges presented in the wake of conflict.

2007/2008 UNDP Human Development Report: Burundi: The Human Development Index indicates education, life expectancy and income – a useful tool for poverty evaluation in Burundi.

Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC): Navigate through the extensive categorised sections for a comprehensive overview of IDPs in Burundi. Includes links to external publications as well as statistics and maps.

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IRIN: UN Humanitarian News and Analysis: The UN news service IRIN carries news of the latest humanitarian developments in Burundi and across the world.

Reuters Alertnet: Burundi Crisis: Navigate through the extensive categorised sections for a comprehensive overview of Burundi. Includes timelines, statistics and a ‘who works where’ database of local and international NGOs.

ReliefWeb: A leading online gateway to information on humanitarian emergencies and disasters.

UN mission for Burundi Completes Peacekeeping Mandate: The end of mission UN mandate published in December 2006.

UNHCR Country Operations Profile: A comprehensive insight into the working environment of the UNHCR in Burundi. Includes budgetary and planning figures as well as links to all the latest publications.

The World Bank: Publications and Reports – Burundi: From food security to private sector development – this is a wide-ranging database of reports detailing socioeconomic and developmental issues in Burundi.

Government and International Organisations

CDA: Collaborative Learning Projects, ‘The Cumulative Impacts of Peace Building in Burundi: Strengths and Weaknesses of a Process.’ (pdf): A thoroughly holistic case study of collaborative peace efforts in Burundi. Includes a detailed historical and political background as well as discussions on the drivers and dynamics of the conflict.

Conflict and Coffee in Burundi (pdf): This chapter, taken from ‘Scarcity and Surfeit: The Ecology of Africa’s Conflicts’, offers a fascinating insight into the socioeconomic cost that conflict has had upon Burundi’s largest export commodity.

DFID: An Agenda for Reform – Trading for Peace (March 2009) (pdf): This report focuses on how trade can become a mechanism for assuring peace and poverty reduction in the great lake region.

International Alert: Burundi Publications: A range of publications on peacebuilding initiatives including female political participation and land sector reform. Also note the EU and UN discussion papers on international approaches and legal obligations within the conflict arena.

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International Crisis Group: A comprehensive resource for information on the instability and ongoing humanitarian challenges in Burundi. Particularly noteworthy is the categorised Africa Briefing Reports.

Human Rights Watch: A range of HRW reports and related news from Burundi.

Human Rights Watch: Country Summary: A concise but informative look at the key issues hindering peace and development. Political violence, peace negotiations and transitional justice are amongst the subjects discussed.

Books

Zanzibar Chest, Aidan Hartley: Brave and powerful examination of the underbelly of Africa and the grisly wars in Somalia, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Burundi, experienced first hand and at no small emotional cost.

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