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PARCEM: “No possible communal development without focus on five trends!”

Faustin Ndikumana, Chairman of PARCEM, a local organization concerned with the changing of mindset, says the underdevelopment of Burundian communes is due to the lack of competent staff, visible institutional support and strategic directions. He says the priority of the community’s development must focus on five trends namely good governance, local private sector development, basic services, local statistics development and resource mobilization.

Faustin Ndikumana: “The lack of strategic orientations and priorities always lead to underdevelopment”

Faustin Ndikumana: “The lack of strategic orientations and priorities always lead to underdevelopment”

According to PARCEM chairman, these trends are priorities for communal development in the decentralization framework. Faustin Ndikumana refers to an amount of BIF 500 million provided to each commune by the government of Burundi. “This sum has been allocated to communes without considering the need and competence of each commune,” he says.

He says a commune that has few activities cannot be compared to one with a lot of activities. In this case, he says, there are communes that need more money than others in the context of income distribution. The lack of strategic orientations and priorities always lead to underdevelopment,” he says.

Faustin Ndikumana says the estimated budget of about BIF 60 billion allocated to Burundi communes can only remain the same if it is distributed according to the needs and capacities of each commune. “The budget should not be evaluated when it has already been misused. The impact on an already given trend is also necessary,” he says.

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