The project aims to mitigate and limit the risks of (pre-) electional violence and to prepare for humanitarian assistence during and after the election. Since April 2015, the political and security situation in Burundi has been tense with violence continuing in the capital of Bujumbura and some provinces. As of 8 March 2016, an estimated 249,078 people (UNCHR 2016) have fled from Burundi to neighbouring countries, while increasing numbers of people have been internally displaced within the country. Apart from civil unrest, the population is also being affected by multiple emergencies, the impact of which has been exacerbated by the political and security situation. These include the El Niño phenomena, internal displacement, food insecurity, and increased risk of infections and water borne diseases (E.g. cholera and malaria). Furthermore, the current situation with political instability and violence has also had implications on the economy, which is slowly collapsing. The project took place in 8 different provinces in Burundi
The preparation has a special focus on training volunteers, staff and partners on different areas of intervention in Emergency, such as simulation exercises, the arrangement of stocks, both at headquarters and regional level, etc.
The project assisted 4,000 benificiaries, during 7 months. The project is a collaboration between Burundi Red Cross Society, Netherlands Red Cross, Beligian Red Cross (Francophone), Luxembourg Red Cross and Finnish Red Cros.