The UN Peacebuilding Commission: A chance to build peace more effectively

The case of Burundi

Summary:

The international community has long acted as facilitator and very substantial financier of Burundi's peace process and its development efforts. The advent of the UN Peacebuilding Commission offers a chance for it to provide Burundi with more effective support for the long and painstaking process of peacebuilding.

The Peacebuilding Commission can add real value by facilitating dialogue among Burundi’s governance institutions, its civil society as well as the international donors. It is clear that fora already exist for negotiation on different aspects of the country’s development but what is distinct about the PBC is its potential to put peacebuilding at the heart of those plans and activities.