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Working in Burundi

Burundi is a small and poor Central African nation. The main reason for slow economic growth is the country’s unfortunate fate with recurrent political conflict. However, recently (after 2005), the country has enjoyed peace and with this earnest efforts toward prosperity are taking root.

There are many major organizations actively working in Burundi to uplift the nation and citizens livelihoods. For example, IFAD, which is an international organization that is an extension of the UN and FAO, concerned with agriculture and food security. The organization has designed videos to be shared by local framers to improve rice harvests and husbandry. Other similar efforts have also been implemented by FAO around the Lake region in providing small-scale fishermen drying racks. These opportunities suggest employees of the UN and the same institutions in other countries can use this as a means of entry into Burundi.

From the above examples, it is clear that work in this and many developing countries revolves around providing and managing realistic development solutions. Entrepreneurs with ideas can find work by collaborating with these organizations. Other than entrepreneurs, people skilled in project management and international relations may find suitable opportunities within the country.

The decades of conflict have caused much damage to the infrastructure and public facilities in Burundi. Today many organizations such as CORD are working in the country to attempt to rebuild these facilities. In addition to reconstruction, provision and distribution of clean water, inadequate health services remain as a challenge in many parts of the country. Professionals with expertise in these fields can easily find a means to apply themselves within the country. Though initial engagements may not be paid, they definitely will help get deeper insight into the underlying issues and identify the exact organization and position in which one may want to contribute.


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