Following contested elections and civil unrest in 2015, the situation in Burundi remains volatile. Living conditions are deteriorating steadily, accelerated by a deepening socio-economic crisis and widespread insecurity, and the risk of a large-scale humanitarian crisis remains a reality.

In this context, an inter-agency team from OCHA, UNHCR, UNICEF and WFP visited Burundi from 30 August to 2 September, to support the Humanitarian Country Team in rolling out the IASC Emergency Response Preparedness approach. The goal of implementing the ERP approach is to increase humanitarian partners’ collective readiness to respond to a breaking crisis, or a sudden deterioration of an ongoing emergency.

In Burundi, some 30 participants from NGOs and UN agencies came together to review gaps in preparedness and agree on how to overcome them. Some of the key recommendations included strengthening risk monitoring, reviewing coordination arrangements and mapping operational capacity of partners. Members of Burundi’s National Platform on Disaster Management were also trained on the ERP approach.

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Women and children find shelter after landslides in Burundi in December 2015. Credit: OCHA