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The initiative achieved outcomes pertaining to different dimensions of sustainability: That is Environmental, Social, Economical and Institutional. This is an outstanding initiative in ecology management and resource protection. It meets the basic criteria of Partnership, Impact and sustainability. The “integrated village” managed by APROCOBU is an experimental site for integrated development, which seeks to address the challenges of repatriation of refugees, reconciliation, integration and demobilization in post-war Burundi. Located about 200km from the capital city Bujumbura, the social context is dominated by visible and/or latent tension caused by overpopulation, overexploited land, lack of water and electricity in rural areas, disease vectors, lack of equal access to education for boys and girls, access to healthcare and security management. On land provided by the provincial administration, the integrated village transforms the rural slums of displaced ethnic minorities and creates a multi-ethnic village incorporating a diverse population representing displaced ethnic minorities, demobilized and landless people. Three-room houses and shelters for vulnerable people (elderly, widows and orphans) have been constructed. Important challenges included availability of land, presence of a needy category of people and availability of administration. The project encountered several problems including pessimism from potential beneficiaries and politicization of the initiative. In order to overcome these problems, APROCOBU consulted with the target population to encourage the initial settlement and invited national and local government officials to visit the new village and encourage support for the initiative. The village has a management committee, which represents the different groups and constitutes a form of integration and reconciliation. The committee organizes meetings and involves the provincial and communal authorities. The goals and strategies of the initiative are aimed at improving the lifestyle of rural populations through access to water, electricity, and income-generating activities. The initiative also seeks to promote industrial and food agriculture and transform subsistence agriculture into market-based agriculture through increased productivity and profitability of agricultural and livestock sectors, mastery of preservation techniques, transformation, supply chains and creation of production cooperative stores that coordinate associations and development groups. The beneficiaries work in groups of specialization and income gained from agricultural activities is kept in a common account to encourage socialization to community life and profitable activities (especially
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for women) after life in dispersed habitats.
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