Combatting Political and Religious Radicalisation through Multi Religious Collaboration in Burundi.

The Inter Religious Council of Burundi (IRC-Burundi) is implementing a project titled Combatting Political and Religious Violence, Radicalisation and Extremism through Multi Religious Collaboration in Burundi. IRC-B conceived the project to respond to the challenge of ethnic radicalisation and extremism and religious divisions in the country. It aims at promote harmony between faith communities and collaboration between religious leaders with a view to fostering peaceful co-existence between religious formations and local communities in Burundi. During the first phase, the project activities will be conducted in Muyinga, Rumonge, Bujumbura Rural and Bujumbura Mairie provinces where incidents of ethnic radicalisation and ethnically driven violent extremism are more frequent. The project will enhance capacities of religious leaders so that they can promote harmony and build the capacities of women and youth so that they can respond to ethnic radicalisation and violent extremism.

IRC-Burundi is an inter-religious organisation comprising of Catholics, Methodists, Anglicans, Lutherans and the Evangelical Church of Burundi. It also has a partnership with the Muslim Council of Burundi. The inter-religious nature gives IRC-B unique capacities and advantages and places the organisations at a distinctive position to implement interfaith work. The partner organisations established it in 2008 with funding from the Catholic Relief Services. Since then the IRC-B has built a good track record of implementing projects of similar work, scope and magnitude.  For example, the African Council of Religious Leaders – Religions for Peace has in the past funded IRC-B to implement a project on peacebuilding. USAID has also funded IRC-B in the past to implement a project on returnees, land and truth and reconciliation, and peacebuilding that conducted activities in eight provinces. The UN Democracy Fund enabled IRC-B conduct activities on governance and democracy in eight provinces. And while UNICEF funded IRC-B to build the capacities of religious leaders in children protection, UNDP through UNESCO funded another project on tolerance, peaceful co-existence, social cohesion and reconciliation. Further, the IRC-B has implemented other, one-off events, on gender based violence, small arms, returnees, truth and reconciliation. Combined with IRC-B’s inter-religious nature, this long track record of implementing similar projects places the IRC-B in a unique position to contribute to promote harmony between faith communities and collaboration between religious leaders.

As part of project preparations, a team from Faith to Action Network and African Council of Religious Leaders – Religions for Peace travelled to Bujumbura from 16-22 September to orient the IRC-B team to the grant requirements, EU rules and principles, review, quality and standards of the documents, and the contracting process. The organisation signed the subgrant agreement in October and started implementing the project in November 2018.

 

Most Recent Interfaith work in Burundi

  • Nairobi, KENYA, 17 June 2020 (F2A) – The Faith to Action (F2A) Network, Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa (CAPA), African Council of Religious Leaders – Religions for Peace ACRL-RfP) and All African Conference of Churches (AACC) call upon their member organisations to submit proposals for funding. This call is a component of an on-going

  • The Hague, Netherlands, 29 May 2020 (F2A) – The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, under the policy framework Power of Voices, has invited the consortium Joint Initiative for Strategic Religious Action (JISRA) to co-create a strategy to advance freedom of religion and belief in seven countries. JISRA is an international interfaith consortium consisting of Mensen

  • Kululu – Interfaith music and drama April 2019 Yumbe, Uganda, 13 February 2020 (F2A)- One of the ways in which the Uganda Joint Christian Council (UJCC) and Muslim Centre for Justice and Law (MCJL) promote interfaith relations and peaceful coexistence between Muslim and Christian youths in Yumbe district is through music, dance and drama. Between

  • Kululu – interfaith sports competion April 2019 Kululu, Uganda, 9 December 2019 (F2A): Uganda Joint Christian Council (UJCC) and Muslim Centre for Justice and Law (MCJL) promote interfaith relations and peaceful coexistence between Muslim and Christian youths in Yumbe district. Negative stereotypes, prejudice, and acrimony had characterised relations between Christian and Muslim youth. But relations

  • Training of Trainers, Yumbe Town Council, October 2018 Yumbe Town Council, Uganda; 4 December 2019 (F2A) – Since September 2018, local faith leaders work together closely in Uganda’s Yumbe district. Jointly, the offices of the district Khadhi, the Anglican and the Catholic churches have supported and engaged young people through interfaith sensitization, mentorship and guiding