Burundi: What is at stake one year after the election of President Evariste Ndayishimiye


2 July 2021

The Egmont Institute has the pleasure to invite you to the webinar ‘Burundi: What is at stake one year after the election of President Evariste Ndayishimiye’ on 2 July 2021. Since its independence, Burundi has been the theatre of violence and human rights violations that have left the population severely traumatised. Weak attempts to deal with the past and to re-establish the historical truth have largely contributed to weakening the social fabric and the population’s trust in its institutions and political leaders. Extreme poverty and a tightening of the political and civic space also continues to pose challenges. Burundi has been under EU sanctions since March 2016 on account of its incapacity to respect its obligations under the Cotonou agreement relating to human rights, democratic principles and the rule of law. In this webinar, the panelists will discuss the political and security developments that have taken place since the 2020 elections and look back on the one-year-in-power of President Evariste Ndayishimiye. They will also share their reflections on policy measures that could be taken to move the situation in the country forward and to improve EU-Burundi relations.



Mr. Abbé Dieudonné Niyibizi, Director of the Centre Diocésain de Communication (CEDICOM)

Mme Donatella Rostagno, political analyst and consultant with a long-standing experience on the Great Lakes region

Mr. Réginas Ndayiragije, researcher at the Institute of Development Policy (IOB) at the University of Antwerp


The working language will be French.


Participants should register by 30 June


The Zoom Webinar – link will be sent at a later date.