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43.7% of households are poor according to a 2019-2020 integrated survey on household living conditions in Burundi


Dec 27, 2021

BUJUMBURA December 27th (ABP) – The Director General of the Institute for Statistics and Economic Studies of Burundi (ISTEEBU), Mr. Nicolas Ndayishimiye, opened on Friday, December 24, 2021, a workshop to present and disseminate the results on the profile and determinants of poverty from the 2019-2020 integrated survey on household living conditions in Burundi (EICVMB).

In his speech, the Director General of the ISTEEBU indicated that the EICVMB 2019-2020 was carried out and technically executed by the ISTEEBU, in collaboration with the ministries responsible for agriculture, labor and energy, as well as the Bank of the Republic of Burundi (BRB) under the political guidance of the Ministry of Finance, Budget and Economic Planning.

On that occasion, he specified that the 2030 agenda on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015, stressing that this agenda which structures the activities of the United Nations on the 15-year period (2016-2030) includes 17 objectives, 169 targets and 244 indicators.

It is in that perspective that Burundi proceeded to the prioritization of the targets in the national context, by retaining 17 objectives, 49 targets and 101 indicators, he said.

And yet, with the aim of a good domestication of the prioritized SDGs, Burundi has drawn up its national development plan (PND, 2018-2027), which took into account the prioritization report, he added.

Mr. Ndayishimiye also pointed out that after mapping the SDG and PND indicators, it turned out that most of the indicators were informed by data from recent household surveys, including the survey on household living conditions (2013-2014) and the third demographic and health survey (2016-2017).

Given that those surveys are expensive, he stressed that the government and its partners are working together to pool their resources and harmonize their interventions, in order to achieve the production of complete data, with a reasonable periodicity in order to update and put on a regular basis, the essential indicators for monitoring the various agendas and planning tools implemented at the level of Burundi.

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He added that the results of that survey highlight the efforts made by the government of Burundi and its development partners in different areas of national life and allow them to measure the step already taken, as part of the implementation of the SDGs and the PND.

He also specified that the results show that at the threshold of 576,751 BIF per year and per adult equivalent, or 1580 BIF per day and per adult equivalent, 43.7% of households are poor and 51.4% of household members are also poor. According to those results also, unemployment which, in the strict sense, is more urban than rural (7.4% against 0.4%), affects the most educated people (9.2%) while it is 1.1% nationally.

Mr. Ndayishimiye recalled that ISTEEBU is committed to the sustainability of the conduct of the integrated survey on the living conditions of households, respecting the required periodicity which constitute a part of the main sources of data, for the information of the indicators targeted by the various initiatives to which Burundi has freely subscribed.

Before concluding his speech, he thanked all the provincial, communal and village administrative authorities for their assistance to the teams responsible for collecting field data.