IWACU English News

IWACU English News

Jean Bigirimana “is not on holidays”!

By Antoine Kaburahe On 22 July 2017, day after day, it will be a year without our colleague … A confused feeling invades us. Commemorating a year of “disappearance”? But, apart from his absence of 365 days, we have no concrete evidence to conclude his death. It’s always this atrocious doubt. Desperate, one clings to […] (...)

Advertorial / Public services for ending inequality and poverty

ActionAid Burundi organized at Best Outlook Hotel (Bujumbura) a reflection workshop on the transformative vision of public services to reduce inequality and poverty in Burundi in the framework of the United Nations Public Service Day, celebrated on June 23th, 2017. The ActionAid Burundi’s Programs and Policy Director, M. Adelin Ntanoga, recalled the significance of the […] (...)

The Nile: A source of energy, food and water for all

River Nile is a transboundary resource shared by 11 countries in the Nile Basin, each with different and, sometimes, conflicting interests. This scarce resource is a source of water, energy and food, all of which are essential to human well-being, poverty reduction and sustainable development. Projections in the Nile Basin region, however, indicate that demand […] (...)

Opinion / Enabling Healthy Nile Basin Wetlands for Disaster Risk Reduction

Natural hazards such as floods and drought have become more prevalent in the Nile River Basin – as a result of climate and weather changes – resulting in massive disasters which drain communities economically, physically and environmentally. Wetlands are naturally productive ecosystems which are capable of managing the risk of disasters to communities. They can […] (...)

Those who doubt Nkurunziza’s legitimacy “are out of their minds” facilitator of dialogue says

Those who doubt Nkurunziza’s legitimacy “are out of their minds” facilitator of dialogue says (...)

National Assembly asks for support from Catholic Church

The closing of the year of Divine Mercy that was opened by Pope Francis last year on the 8th of December 2015 took place at Mont Sion Gikungu on the 20th of November In Bujumbura. All bishops of the Catholic Church and some government officials notably Pascal Nyabenda, Chairman of the National Assembly have attended […] (...)

AMISOM unknowns

The European Union commitment not to transfer the AMISOM Burundian contingent salaries through Treasury coffers makes Bujumbura government anxious. Is it a false alarm or does Burundi want to take another shocking decision? “We must inform ourselves and inform people on international conspiracy aiming to discredit our policemen and soldiers deployed in peacekeeping missions abroad, […] (...)

Debate on Deby

A statement by Chad Head of State, Idriss Deby, supporting the current term of President Pierre Nkurunziza creates controversy. Between “electoral appetites” of African leaders and the AU malfunctioning. “The constitution says the president must be elected for two terms by universal suffrage. The first term of President Pierre Nkurunziza was not by universal suffrage, […] (...)

When threatened, nature fights back: A case for wetlands

At a glance, wetlands – large expanses of swamps – seem like public nuisances, a waste of space; occupying prime land which could otherwise be turned into sprawling shopping malls, hotels or theme parks devoid of any green. Indeed, several wetlands in the Nile Basin have undergone degradation due to multiple contributing factors; settlements and […] (...)

Cool water, free of charge for any passer-by

At “Rutegama Downtown Jazz” hotel, on Avenue de l’Université (Bwiza side) is observed since the past few days, a queue of people, cups in hands, in front of a machine that gives water. Many of them are just bike-taxi users, children of the neighborhood; mechanics … Every passer-by is free to get a cup of […] (...)