Bujumbura, Burundi – The Upper House of Parliament of Burundi, with financial and technical support from AWEPA, established a framework for ongoing contact between the Senators and locally elected officials through the “Permanent Consultative Framework and Dialogue between the Senators and locally elected officials”. So far, 10 out of 17 Burundian provinces have hosted meetings within this framework.
The framework offers a great opportunity to discuss issues that are common to both local and national authorities with respect to the development of coordinated and sustainable solutions. The Senate chose to discuss topics that are currently of great concern in Burundi, including: security, the fight against corruption, the protection of the environment, local development initiatives, and effective decentralization.
New approach to security
The issue of security was a central subject of the meeting, as it is now understood in a new way. The implementation of community policing, involving all citizens in their diversity, is an innovative strategy to consolidate peace. This new concept will be discussed by the Ministry of Public Security and the national police.
A subsequent meeting was held in the northern province of Kayanza, 27 and 28 February 2014.