Howard G. Buffett talks to AOAV about high-impact philanthropy in conflict zones such as Ukraine

In this interview with AOAV’s executive director, Howard G. Buffett, with over two decades at the helm of his foundation, tells us how his focus is on conflict and post-conflict areas, with an emphasis on agriculture and food security.

At Least 30 Burundian Soldiers Killed in Al Shabaab Attack on Peacekeeping Base, Somalia

Early on Tuesday 03 May, Al Shabaab forces overran a Burundian African Union (AU) peacekeeper’s base in Middle Shabelle, Somalia. Three civilians were killed, as well as 30 soldiers. A further 22 soldiers were injured.

UK arms exports to Burundi

Burundi: Country overview The land-locked, east African country of Burundi has a population of approximately 10 million and is bordered by Rwanda, Tanzania and the DRC. Burundi is a presidential representative democratic republic and the country’s president, Pierre Nkurunziza, has been incumbent since 2005. Burundi signed the Arms Trade Treaty in June 2013, but has yet […]

AOAV assesses the incidence of SALW trafficking between Burundi and the DRC

The Great Lakes region of Africa has, in recent times, been afflicted by staggering levels of violence.  Much of the violence has been perpetrated using small arms and light weapons (SALW), by far the weapons that cause the most harm globally, and which still cause great suffering in the region today.  Part of the problem […]

AOAV works with civil society and the small arms commissions of Burundi and DRC to advocate for the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT)

The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) is a piece of international legislation which aims to regulate the international trade in conventional weapons. It was adopted by the United Nations on 2nd April 2013 and obliges State Parties to ensure appropriate and effective controls on all trade of conventional arms. Increased accountability and transparency in the activities […]

Handicap au Burundi: Les enjeux d’une convention pour les citoyens oubliés

On the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, watch AOAV’s film on disability in Burundi.

Burundi’s Political Crisis: Michel’s Story

Since February 2015, AOAV has implemented “Bumbatira Amahoro” (Support Peace) in collaboration with the Centre d’Encadrement et de Developpement des Anciens Combattants (CEDAC) and with financial support from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO).  The project brings together over 2,000 political party youth leaders, ex-combatants, and unemployed youth to […]

Community savings and loan groups in Burundi provide hope in a very violent year

Since June 2014, AOAV and our local partners have implemented the Abunzubumwe (“Youth United”) project in two communes (districts) just outside of the Burundian capital, Bujumbura. This project, financed in 2015 by the German Federal Foreign Office via the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa), seeks to prevent youth involvement in violence through a holistic approach that […]

On World Mental Health Day, don’t forget about the scars of armed violence that you can’t see.

Since June 2014, AOAV and our local partners have implemented the Abunzubumwe (“Youth United”) project in two communes (districts) just outside of the Burundian capital, Bujumbura. This project, currently financed by the German Federal Foreign Office via the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa), seeks to prevent youth involvement in violence through a holistic approach that addresses […]

Photo Story: AOAV’s youth project in Burundi spreads a message of peace

Since June 2014, AOAV and our local partners have implemented the Abunzubumwe (“Youth United”) project in two communes (districts) just outside of the Burundian capital, Bujumbura. This project, currently financed by the German Federal Foreign Office via the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa), seeks to prevent youth involvement in violence through a holistic approach that addresses […]

Burundi’s Election Crisis: Therence’s Story

Since February 2015, AOAV has implemented “Bumbatira Amahoro” (Support Peace) in collaboration with the Centre d’Encadrement et de Developpement des Anciens Combattants (CEDAC) and with financial support from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO).  The project brings together over 2,000 political party youth leaders, ex-combatants, and unemployed youth to […]

Burundi’s Election Crisis: John’s Story

Since February 2015, AOAV has implemented “Bumbatira Amahoro” (Support Peace) in collaboration with the Centre d’Encadrement et de Developpement des Anciens Combattants (CEDAC) and with financial support from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO).  The project brings together over 2,000 political party youth leaders, ex-combatants, and unemployed youth to […]