Annual Update 2021 VNG International
Women participating in local planning meetings at the General Assembly at colline level (Commune de Gitanga, Colline Kazeba) February 2020
Training of Trainers session, ABELO, VNG International and The Hague Academy for Local Governance. May 2020
‘My post is not often filled by a woman. We are a conservative commune, and I am surrounded by men. I tried to change the system from within. I have started combatting the corruption in our commune, which had implications on not only my safety and security, but also that of my husband and family.’
Ms. Sylvie Nizigama,
administrator of the Municipality
‘For me, the adaptability of ABELO, its master trainers and VNG International to online learning was impressive. The travel restrictions provided an opportunity to strengthen further the capacity of the master trainers and to give them more responsibilities; they were challenged and proved how empowered they have become. This has contributed to sustaining knowledge and skills within ABELO. I look forward to building on this success and, if possible, to see my colleagues face to face.’
Mr. Freddy Sahinguvu,
The Hague Academy for Local Governance
Building Better Futures in Burundi
improving Access to Basic Services
by strengthening democratic local government
Burundi, IDEAL Country Programme
Since 2017, VNG International, IDEAL Burundi has supported the production of local development plans (PCDC) in Burundi, together with our main partner, the Burundi association of communes (ABELO).
VNG International has worked together with officials in the central government (ministry of communal development) and with eight project ‘communes’ in the south of the country. We support them in organising the dialogue with citizens and we facilitate the interaction between the communes and the central government on the one hand and the communes and the ‘collines’ (lower level local governments) on the other hand.