BUJUMBURA June 7th (ABP) – The Ministry of National Solidarity, Social Affairs, Human Rights and Gender, in collaboration with the Care International-Action Aid-REJA consortium, organized on Tuesday, June 6 2023, a national forum of its development partners, with funding from the European Union, under the theme: “effective coordination of interventions”, a check on the site by ABP has revealed.
The permanent secretary at the ministry in charge of national solidarity, Mr. Pontien Hatungimana, indicated that the goal of the forum consisted in particular in informing the participants about the budget programs of the ministry, to identify the state of play of joint planning, to show the contributions of development partners. He added that it was also a question of drawing up action plans, according to the priorities of the budgetary programs and defining a roadmap for the coordination of development partners.
Note that this forum of partners is held exactly after other events, among others, the national forum of development, first edition and second edition, the round table of partners.
To that end, Mr. Hatungimana, pointed out that the government of Burundi has set itself the main goal of fighting against poverty, through socio-economic recovery and good governance, relying on a responsible and hard-working government where “every Burundian has something to eat and every pocket has money”.
According to him, in order to ensure effective and efficient management of public finances, the government of Burundi has initiated the implementation of the new program budget approach as a new mode of management in the public sector. He continued to say that the budget-program implementation process started with the 2022-2023 budget year.
Mr. Hatungimana further clarified that this results-based management logic also focuses on more specific goals, namely the determination and achievement of development goals which are translated into a results measurement framework, accountability and report by decision makers and officials working in the public sector, as managers of public services, programs and projects…
He urged the partners to take the concerns of the government of Burundi as their own so that their actions are effective, efficient, productive and sustainable.
According to the representative of the Ambassador of the European Union, Mrs. Martina Borovac Pecarevic, the European Union is committed to supporting the associative world in its partnership with Burundi, because that support is first and foremost part of the priorities of the 2018-2027 national development plan for Burundi which, in its introduction, mentions civil society as one of the essential development actors. She also indicated that this support also aims to consolidate good governance by strengthening the partnership between the public sector and civil society.
She did not fail to emphasize that the relations between the European Union and Burundi mark the legal and political recognition of the participation of actors other than the State, in particular civil society and the private sector, in the process of development and cooperation.