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World Bank gives $30 million to fund Burundi Nkuriza project

While signing a funding agreement with the Ministry of Finances, Budget and Economic Development this September 19th, the Operation Director of World Bank for Burundi has said $30 million will fund the project “Childhood and demographic control” called Nkuriza in Burundi.

Jean-Christophe Carret (left) and Domitien Ndihokubwayo (right) exchange documents after signing a funding agreement.

“This fund expresses the will of the World Bank to support the government of Burundi in the social sector,” says Jean-Christophe Carret, World Bank Operation Director for Burundi.

He says the project aims at helping in the nutrition of women at the childbearing age, children under five mainly those aged from zero to two. “It will also fund the family planning program and the agricultural sector,” he adds.

The Operation Director says the partnership between Burundi and the World Bank will continue until 2023. “It seeks to improve the human capital,” he adds.

Domitien Ndihokubwayo, Burundi Minister of Finances thanks the World Bank for the good partnership. “The World Bank is always in touch with the government of Burundi by funding many projects in the country,” he says.

He calls on the World Bank to keep supporting the government of Burundi. “There are still many projects to implement,” he says adding that the government will manage the funds so they help to achieve sustainable development in the country.

The project will be implemented in six provinces of the country, i.e. Makamba, Muyinga, Kirundo, Bubanza, Cibitoke and Cankuzo.

450 thousand women at the childbearing age and over 380 thousand children under five years will benefit from the project. It aims at helping 38 thousand of vulnerable families.