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Assessing options for the Reintegration of Ex-combatants
February – April 2003

Africa MapWith 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.

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