BurundiBurundi is one of the 20 partner countries of VLIR-UOS. From 2003 to 2016 VLIR-UOS budgeted € 4.166.600 for cooperation programmes with Burundi, including one long-term institutional university cooperation programme with Université du Burundi.


Burundi is also one of the 31 scholarship countries of VLIR-UOS. Nationals can apply for a scholarship to follow a training or Master programme at a Flemish university or university college.


Facts and figures 


Total budget Burundi 2003-2016 (in €)



Individual scholars





A country strategy for Burundi

The Country Strategy for Burundi identifies the following main themes for all future interventions in the cooperation with Burundi:


  • Basic sciences
  • Healthcare in rural communities
  • Law
  • Food security and rural development
  • NTIC and library
  • Education


The country strategy identifies the following main transversal and cross-cutting themes:


  • NTIC
  • Good governance
  • Quality of research and education
  • Doctoral schools (IUC programme of ARES)
  • Academic English (IUC programme of ARES)
  • Gender, diversity and non-discrimination


More information in the VLIR-UOS Country Strategy for Burundi.

The country strategy process

After engaging in 5 country strategy identifications in 2011-2012 (Cuba, Ecuador, Tanzania, Uganda and Vietnam) and realising a similar process in DR Congo, Ethiopia and South Africa, Burundi was up for a country strategy development. The aim was to look at the strategic domains covered by the current projects of VLIR-UOS in Burundi and look at synergies and opportunities towards the future, interactions with other donors and emphasize the importance of embedding all of this in a more regional perspective within the Great Lakes Region.


A South Seminar was organised in Bujumbura on 3 June 2013. A number of priorities (needs & demand side) and opportunities (thematic, regional, institutional) were identified to improve on the current focus of the IUC and VLIR-UOS activities in Burundi.


A North Seminar was organised in Brussels on 27 February 2014 to listen to the experiences and interest in future cooperation with Burundi of the Flemish partners.


A new Strategy Status Summary Report was elaborated and discussed by the Bureau UOS on 4 April 2014, based on the input of the North and South Seminars. This document was used as a base for the elaboration of the strategy document, which was discussed and approved by the Bureau on 20 May 2014 before being sent to the Flemish university associations and local partners for final remarks. The VLIR-UOS country strategy document for Burundi was finalised mid June 2014.

Background documents

  • Joint Context Analysis (JCA) of Burundi. This document aims at an analysis of the context in Burundi and of the opportunities to collaborate for the non-governmental actors of the Belgian Development Cooperation from 2017 until 2026. It should primarily be seen as an opportunity to identify possible ways of cooperation, complementarity and syngergy.
  • Joint Strategic Framework (JSF) of Burundi. This document presents different joint strategic goals which the non-governmental actors have put forward, based on the JCA Burundi. Each goal is specified into different approaches, which reflects the contributions of different actors to the joint strategic goal. An elaboration on the development relevance of every goal is also included. The last chapter elaborates commitments for synergy and complementarity between Belgian actors, related to the presented goals and approaches. Special attention is given to the transversal themes gender and environment.



Kathleen Wuytack

Programme Officer South

[t] + 32 2 289 05 55

[e] kathleen.wuytack@vliruos.be



Ongoing projects

Overview of ongoing projects



    Evaluation à mi-parcours de la coopération en cours avec l'Université du Burundi (UB) (Juillet 2013)

    Evaluation à mi-parcours de la coopération en cours avec l'Université du Burundi (UB) (Juillet 2013)

    This evaluation is only available in French.

    Evaluation à mi-parcours du programme UniversiTIC 2.0

    Evaluation à mi-parcours du programme UniversiTIC 2.0

    This evaluation is only available in French.