Everyone Supports Returnees

ACPDH, Burundi

2014-2016, supported by the Baring Foundation

The Twunganire Abahungutse programme set out to enable the resettlement and reintegration of displaced Burundian people and former refugees, when they were expelled from the neighbouring countries where they had lived in refugee camps for many years.

The advocacy side of the project highlighted the many issues facing returnees and displaced people, making the case for practical improvements to camps and services. A livelihoods component provided access to training, materials and land needed to start small businesses.

This work identified the issue of undocumented births, which the programme went on to address, as well as providing core support and capacity for ACPDH to continue to offer advice and practical assistance to all who had experienced human rights injustice, discrimination or abuse.

The project partnership won the 2015 Ockenden International Prize: see photographs on YouTube from the ceremony addressed by Archbishop John Sentamu.