Starting at the surface
A young man proudly shows the products of the fish pond maintained by his youth group. With the Building Bridges in Burundi programme, youth developed all kinds of economic activities such as fish farming, beekeeping, sewing, and many more. Youth Self-Help Groups have a twofold effect: it helps youth to earn an income and at the same time breaks down walls of distrust between young people from various backgrounds.
By starting the BBB programme with (youth) self-help groups and other social-economic activities, trust was created and relationships with stakeholders were built first. This was needed to access the deeper and more complex layers of the Burundian context (good governance, intergenerational dialogue and mediation, access to justice). This choice defenitely paid off.