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“Corruption has become routine despite ‘zero tolerance’ policy” says NGO boss

08-28-2017 Seven years after “zero tolerance” was declared on corruption, Faustin Ndikumana, the chairperson of PARCEM, a local civil rights group, says it has become routine. Corruption is part of everyday life in Burundi today, and being corrupt is no longer considered taboo, according to the head of the PARCEM, (...)
' Pierre Nkurikiye: “Cases of criminality decreased by 24,3 % in July»

Three members of local organization PARCEM are detained

06-27-2017 Members of the local organization Speech and Action for the Awakening of Conscience and Mentality Change (PARCEM) are detained in Bujumbura central prison. The police accuse PARCEM of sending them to destabilize national security. Three PARCEM members who were arrested on 13 and 17 June 2017 were brought to (...)
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Burundi risks being deeply in debt

06-21-2017 Since 2014, public national debt is increasing. Today it exceeds BIF 1.200  billions. Parcem, a local NGO aiming at changing people’s mentality is worried about the way the debt is increasing. “The accumulation of this national debt currently represents more than BIF 1.200 billions” said Faustin Ndikumana, Executive Secretary (...)
' Faustin Ndikumana: “fragile states do not have access to long-term loans for dynamic internal development”

Burundi once again falls into fragile state index

06-01-2017 World Bank and African Development Bank have identified 19 states including Burundi that fall into the fragile states criteria. A fragile state is a low-income country characterized by week state capacity or legitimacy leaving citizens vulnerable to a range of shocks. The World Bank deems a country to be (...)
' Faustin Ndikumana, the Chairman of PARCEM

“Sanctions against Burundi”, only EAC pretext for refusal to sign EPA, says local NGO

05-24-2017 PARCEM says, to show solidarity, the EAC region should carry out concrete actions to help Burundi overcome its socio-economic and political woes. PARCEM, a local NGO, dismisses the claim that East African Community refusal to sign the EAC-EU Economic Pact Agreement (EPA) has something to do with solidarity with (...)
' Faustin Ndikumana, the Chairman of PARCEM

PARCEM warns against touching Arusha Peace Agreement clauses

01-26-2017 PARCEM, the local NGO aiming at awakening conscience and changing Burundians’ mentality is concerned about changes to be made in the Constitution. “We heard about the possible amendment of the Constitution. What matters most is what should or should not be changed. Article 299 of the Constitution does not (...)
' Faustin Ndikumana, the Chairman of PARCEM

New austerity measures will target most vulnerable, NGOs say

12-24-2016 Two NGOs have decried a series of austerity measures the government of Burundi has adopted in its 2017 budget. The austerity measures are aimed at trying to remain on two feet in the face of a faltering national economy, mainly due to cuts of foreign sponsors on which it (...)
' Faustin Ndikumana: “fragile states do not have access to long-term loans for dynamic internal development”

PARCEM deplores Burundi government delay in submitting budget bill

10-06-2016 The local NGO aiming at awakening conscience and changing Burundians’ mentality (PARCEM) deplores Burundi government’s delay in sending the budget bill for 2017 to the parliament.”It is through the budget law that we really see the orientation of political development, economic strategies and decisions taken by the government in (...)
' Education reform yes, but when timely

Education reform yes, but when timely

09-29-2016 Many reforms have been introduced recently in the Burundi educational system from basic to higher education. This school year 2016-2017, the first class of the basic school system adopted in 2013 in primary and secondary education started their first year of post-basic school. The schooling system provides trade learning (...)
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PARCEM: Arab countries not ready to assist Burundi

09-14-2016 On the occasion of the celebration of Eid El Hadj , Pascal Nyabenda, Speaker of the Burundian National Assembly who has joined Burundian Muslims in Gatumba, western part of Bujumbura the capital, asked them to plead for Arab countries’ assistance to Burundi. Faustin Ndikumana, the Chairman of PARCEM, a (...)