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Key Development Research Involvement
Over the last decade, we have been part of a team that has conducted over 2 national sample surveys, worked with a multiplicity of in-country partners, and provided survey technical assistance in Burundi.

Worked collaboratively with Afrobarometer national partners at the GRADIS and the National Institute of Statistics (Institut des Statistiques et Etudes Economiques du Burundi (ISTEEBU)), to complete the surveys.

During Round 4 (2008/2009) we centrally managed all Afrobarometer datasets and samples from across 20 countries including Burundi, ensuring data quality, internal consistency, item and inter-item coding, and the data dictionary. We also ensured that all data was appropriately weighted to correct for oversampling, among other criteria. 

Since Round 5 (2011/2012) we have worked closely with the GRADIS and ISTEEBU to design and draw nationally representative survey sites in Burundi. The samples are random, nationally representative, stratified, area-cluster probability sample of the adult (18 years and over) population across Region, Urban and Rural strata, with +/- 2% margin of error. The surveys were conducted in language of respondent’s choice including French and Kirundi across the 17 provinces of Bubanza, Bujumbura Rural, Bururi, Cankuzo, Cibitoke, Gitega, Karusi, Kayanza, Kirundo, Makamba, Muramvya, Muyinga, Mwaro, Ngozi, Rutana, Ruyigi and Bujumbura Mairie. We worked with INSTEEBU to obtain the most up-to-date census data, including population projections by region, urban and rural, to appropriately allocate the sample. We directly participated in national partner assessment, interviewer training, in-fieldwork supervision and data management.

In 2009 we were part of a team under the Institute of Justice and reconciliation (IJR) to facilitate at a week-long truth, justice and reconciliation workshop aimed at bridging the gap between the different state and non-state stakeholders involved in peace-building efforts, ahead of a planned national dialogue on reconciliation.

With input into quality assurance, we are honored to have directly contributed to the successful completion of over 6 national sample surveys in Burundi, including surveys in 2012 and 2015. Following the unrest that the country suffered during 2016/2017, the national survey planned for 2017 has been put on hold.