options for the Reintegration of Ex-combatants
February – April 2003
the signing of a cease-fire agreement between the government
of Burundi and rebel groups, there was increasing optimism
that Burundi’s nearly decade-long conflict could be
brought to an end. USAID and the international community
positioned themselves to implement demobilization, demilitarization,
and the reintegration of ex-combatants.
To evaluate youth
reintegration for USAID’s Office
of Transition Initiatives, BEPS fielded an assessment team.
The assessment team focused on identifying informal basic
education and vocational training curricula that would prepare
ex-combatants to engage in small enterprise. The team also
addressed broader community reconstruction, social infrastructure
rehabilitation, and reconciliation needs and explored multilateral
and bilateral donor interest in participating in a community-focused
reintegration framework. The assessment focused on investigating
donor interest in committing resources, as well as the level
of commitment and desire for engagement on the part of the
transitional government of Burundi.