Burundi bemoans UK's 'sad, sad' decision to close aid office | Clar Ni Chonghaile

From Aid | The Guardian Fri Dec 7 2012, 02:00:01

The closure of the UK Department for International Development's office is lamented in Bujumbura - and in London

In the tiny African nation of Burundi, one of the world's poorest countries, Britain's decision to close its development arm's country office and end bilateral aid has left people smarting, and scratching their heads.

The Department for International Development (DfID) no longer has an office in the capital, Bujumbura, a small city where electricity is intermittent in most quarters. Last year, Britain gave £13.7m to Burundi - 3.6% of all the African country's aid - mainly for projects related to education, health, access to justice, and regional economic integration.

Christian Nkengurutse, the secretary general of Burundi's chamber of commerce, said his members were shocked by DfID's decision. "The difference when a donor is present ... is clear. You can feel it," he said, pointing to the example of the African Development Bank, which opened an office in Bujumbura this year. "We can feel the ADB in our activities now."

[view whole blog post ]
 See More    |     Report Abuse

You might also be interested in the following news stories:

Burundi:   Bujumbura, ville sans mendiants? (news)
Deutsche Welle
30 June 2016

Mendiants, commerçants ambulants, personnes désoeuvrées: ils sont indésirables dans le centre-ville de la capitale burundaise, qui a entrepris de les chasser. ... [read more]

Burundi:   232 interpellations à Bujumbura dans une opération de «sécurité» (news)
Radio France Internationale
29 June 2016

Plus de 200 personnes interpellées aujourd'hui à Bujumbura. Elles ont été relâchées quelques heures plus tard après avoir reçu des consignes de ... [read more]

Burundi:   Recadrage de Agathon Rwasa par le pouvoir burundais - La rançon de la trahison (news)
Le Pays
29 June 2016

Faut-il plaindre Agathon Rwasa ? A cette question, nombreux sont ceux qui, notamment les opposants burundais regroupés au sein du CNARED (Conseil national pour le respect de l'accord d'Arusha ... [read more]

blogAfrica is allAfrica.com's platform to help you keep an ear on the African blogosphere. We draw diverse voices from around the world who post regularly and insightfully about African issues. Bloggers, submit your blog's rss-feed!