What We Do

Burundi is one of the five poorest countries in the world. Nearly 64.9% of the population lives below the poverty line. Most of the country’s poor are small-scale farmers. Burundi’s economy is heavily reliant on agriculture which employs 90% of the population, though cultivable land is extremely scarce.

On 14 July 2017, the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes region, Said Djinnit, and the Chair of the Regional United Nations Development Group (R-UNDG) for Africa, Abdoulaye Mar Dieye, convened the first meeting of the Management Board of the Great Lakes Regional Strategic Framework.

The first UNHCR - UNDP Joint-Programming Workshop on the Refugee Response Plan to the DRC Situation was held on 02-03 July, at the United Nations Office in Nairobi which follows the UNHCR High Commissioner’s and UNDP Administrator’s message of 30 October 2017 on strengthening collaboration.

The UN Special Envoy of the Secretary General for the Great Lakes region, Ambassador Said Djinnit, and the Chair of the Regional UN Developement Group fo Africa, Abdoulaye Mar Dieye, convened a meeting with UN representatives from the region on 19-20 October 2016, in Kampala, Uganda

"An opportunity to implement the resolution on sustaining peace and to take forward the Secretary General's reform ideas"

On the 27th of November 2017, the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) convened a meeting on the Great Lakes Regional Strategic Framework. The meeting was chaired by H.E. Mr. Cho Tae-yul, Permanent Representative of Korea, Chair of the PBC.

Promoting development, peace and security in the Great Lakes region of Africa was in focus during a meeting organized by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the Office of the Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General for the Great Lakes region.