October 2010- Three years after the launch of the pilot programme of land tenure in Burundi by the Swiss agency for development and cooperation (SDC), the first land certificates were issued on Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th, in the two pilot communes of Marangara and Ruhororo in the northern province of Ngozi. It's a total of 185 certificates that were issued in both communes in presence of several high officials including the burundian minister of in charge of Water, Environment, Spatial Planning and Urban Development Jean Marie Nibirantije; the representative of the Ngozi province Governor BAKIZURAMVYE Emile; the representative of the Swiss cooperation in Burundi Claudio Tognola and the representative of the Netherlands Embassy in Burundi Jan Renselaar . Very enthusiastic, the population had gathered massively to celebrate the event. These certificates represent a big step forward in the prevention and resolution of land disputes
May 2010 - A group of seven swiss women parliamentarians visited Burundi, DR Congo and Rwanda from 2nd to 7th May. In Burundi, the parliamenterians visited the project "Nturengaho" (stop do not go beyond) which deals with the prevention and treatment of sexual violence, unwanted pregnancies and HIV / AIDS. They also had discussions with their Burundian counterparts and the civil society. In Bukavu in DR Congo, they visited radio Maendeleo and the organization VOVOLIB (voice of the voiceless or freedom) offering medical consultations and advice to hundreds of women victims of violence. The parliamentarians had the opportunity to exchange with some of these women. In Rwanda, they visited the Kibuye hospital , which receives support from the Public Health Program supported by the SDC. They also met with their Rwandan counterparts from the Rwandan Women Parliamentarians forum
At " Nturengaho" some beneficiaries welcoming the parliamenterians with traditionnal dances
|Swiss parliamenterians in the studio of radio Maendeleo |
Exchanging with some women victim of violence during the visit
to the VOVOLIB organization in Bukavu
A group photo of the swiss parliamenterians and their delegation
with their rwandan counterparts
February 2010 - The head of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), Micheline Calmy-Rey, has visited the Province of South Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo during two days on February 10 and 11, 2010. The Swiss minister was accompanied by a high level delegation comprising among others the Swiss Ambassador in DRC Linus von Castelmur, the head of FDFA Political Affairs Division “Africa and Middle East“ Marcel Stutz and the director of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) Martin Dahinden. In Bukavu, the delegation visited Radio Maendeleo, a local radio sponsored by SDC through its Great Lakes Media Programme. In Uvira, Micheline Calmy-Rey met managers and staff representatives of the Hôpital général, and the medical advisor of Uvira's Zone de Santé (photos). SDC launched in 2009 an Health Sector Strengthening Support Programme in the South Kivu Province.
December 2009 - The "communes" of Marangara et Ruhororo (Province de Ngozi, Burundi) celebrated on December 16 and 17 the inauguration of their new Land Registration offices funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). The population, authorities and representatives of SDC and various other development organizations have gathered at this occasion. The installation of decentralized Land Registration offices on the local level constitutes a crucial step of SDC's Land Tenure Programme in Burundi. Launched in 2007 the programme aims at preventing and reducing land related conflicts by allowing, among various means, land owners to register their properties locally.
December 2009 - The Deputy Secretary of State of the Swiss Federal Departement of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), Pierre Helg, achieved a two-days visit in Bujumbura (Burundi) and Uvira (South Kivu, DRC). Accompanied by a small delegation, Pierre Helg has met in Bujumbura His Excellency M. Augustin Nsanze, Burundi's Minister of External Relations and International Cooperation. Pierre Helg hold talks with various stakheolders concerned by the Swiss government's "Peace Consolidation" programme in the Great Lakes. In Uvira (photo), Pierre Helg was welcomed in music by the staff and patients of a newly constructed pediatric clinic. The pediatric clinic was funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).
December 2009 - The staff of Kigali and Bujumbura SDC offices presents itself.
November 2008 - Official reception of the rehabilitation works realized at the Ministère des relations extérieures' central building in Bujumbura (Burundi). The works were funded by SDC, as was the purchase of various useful equipment: work uniform, offices, chairs and even bikes!
July 2007 - Official visit from Mrs Micheline Calmy-Rey, Federal Councillor in charge of the Federal Departement for Foreign Affairs (FDFA) of the Swiss government. Micheline Calmy-Rey successively visited the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi (photo) and Rwanda. She hold talks with governemental representatives of these three countries about the bilateral relations between those and Switzerland and about the projects of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in the Great Lakes.
January 2005 - Walter Fust, former Director of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) (1993-2008), visited Rwanda during five days. Among the visits, Walter Fust interacted with patients at the Bwira Health Center, Karongi district.