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AfDB-managed fund grants $1m to support Burundi solar-hydro hybrid project

The African Development Bank-managed Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) has approved a $990,000 grant to support the preparation of a 9MW solar-hydro hybrid project in Burundi...

24 Dec 2019

Burundi police arrest Iwacu journalists covering unrest

Authorities in Burundi should immediately release four journalists and a media worker from the privately-owned news outlet Iwacu, whom police detained last week, the Committee to Protect Journalists said...

28 Oct 2019

Burundi media regulator bans BBC and VOA

Authorities in Burundi should fully restore broadcasting rights to the British Broadcasting Corporation and the Voice of America...

11 Apr 2019

Why indigenous medicine could play a role in rebuilding health systems

Conflicts do not spare health systems. From Afghanistanto the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the effects that wars and state fragility have on healthcare provision are all too visible...

By Jean-Benoit Falisse and Serena Masino 20 Jun 2018

Burundi bans BBC, VOA ahead of May 17 referendum

Burundi ordered a six-month ban on the broadcast operations of international networks, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and the Voice Of America (VOA)...

9 May 2018

Burundi opts for solar power to reach masses

Over 95% of Burundi's 11 million people lack access to electricity - this week solar-powered ‘light islands' began appearing in dense pedestrian areas and in streets...

3 Aug 2017


It's an incredibly proud moment for me to clackety clack away at the keyboard and complete the sentence (and realisation) that Retroviral is seven (VII) years old...

By Mike Sharman 6 Jul 2017

Burundi solar field breaks ground

2,500 celebrate historic groundbreaking in one of Africa's neediest countries for a $14m solar field to advance economic and social development…

20 Jan 2017

Call for Burundi to investigate journalist's disappearance

Reporters Without Borders has launched a petition calling on Burundi authorities to urgently launch an independent investigation into the disappearance of journalist Jean Bigirimana...

9 Sep 2016

Burundi continues media persecution

Concern after Burundi arrests journalist...

10 Jun 2016

Global #PressFreedom campaign targets African leaders

A new campaign by Reporters Without Borders launches with 12 heads of State 'celebrating' their media atrocities, including the leaders of Burundi and Eritrea...

6 May 2016

Burundi arrests two foreign journalists

Burundi police said Friday they had arrested two respected foreign journalists working in the capital, as they reported on gunmen opposed to the government in the troubled central African country...

1 Feb 2016

Burundi journalist wins French press prize

Burundi journalist Esdras Ndikumana, the AFP and Radio France Internationale correspondent who was forced to flee last year, was awarded the 2015 French diplomatic press prize on Monday...

13 Jan 2016

AU observers to oversee poll in Burundi

The African Union (AU) has announced that it will soon dispatch a 50-member observer mission to Burundi to assess the presidential elections scheduled for 15 July in that country. Parliamentary vote will be held on June 19.

17 Jun 2015

EAC leaders condemn Burundi's attempted coup, call off summit

PRETORIA: The Heads of State of the East African Community (EAC) on Wednesday condemned the attempted coup in Burundi and called for the return to constitutional order...

14 May 2015

Top Burundi general announces overthrow of president

BUJUMBURA: A top Burundian general on Wednesday announced the overthrow of President Pierre Nkurunziza, following weeks of violent protests against the president's bid to stand for a third term.

14 May 2015

Access urges action on Burundi's internet shut down

Access, a global human rights group, has appealed to the United Nations and the African Union to intervene in the Burundian government's decision to block mobile social media amid protests...

By Lilian Mutegi 5 May 2015

Appeal Court orders journalist Rugurika's release

The Court of Appeal in the Burundian capital, Bujumbura, on 18 February, ordered the release on bail of the well-known journalist Bob Rugurika, according to Human Rights Watch...

19 Feb 2015

Burundi's new media law keeps Dutch ambassador vigilant

Burundi's new media law continues to cause unrest among the international community. It certainly doesn't please the Dutch ambassador to Burundi, Jolke Oppewal. Once a journalist himself and someone who remains passionate about his past profession, Oppewal recently spoke with principal Burundian newspaper IWACU.

25 Jun 2013

PTA Bank approves loan for fiber optic network

PTA Bank has approved a loan of US$11.5million to Burundi Backbone Systems Company S.M. (BBS) with a guarantee of US$1,767,058 for the construction of a national fiber optic network in the country. The financing was approved by the board members of PTA Bank during a board meeting of the bank in Nairobi early in April 2013.

13 May 2013

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