The IPC-IG provides a workshop for the implementation of an integrated registry in Burundi


From 8 to 11 September, IPC-IG researchers and speakers from Kenya, Morocco, Brazil, Djibouti and Senegal facilitated a training workshop with the Government of Burundi on integrated management information systems of social protection programmes to support a feasibility study and a roadmap for the implementation of an integrated registry in Burundi. The workshop was co-facilitated by the Sécretariat Exécutif Permanent de la Commission Nationale de Protection Sociale (SEP/CNPS), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP) in Burundi.

The event aimed to improve the understanding of government representatives and key stakeholders regarding the development of integrated registries by discussing conceptual aspects and countries’ experiences and collecting participants’ contributions to help inform the next steps towards the design and implementation of an integrated registry in Burundi. 

A pre-training survey identified the profile of workshop participants, their expectations and prior knowledge regarding the matter. Based on this survey, the sessions developed the basic technical themes through presentations of concepts and practical examples, each leading to discussions in connection with the Burundian context.

During the workshop, the Permanent Executive Secretary of the CNPS, M. Arcade Nimubona, presented the current context of social protection in Burundi and stated that the establishment of an integrated registry is a crucial task. It will improve the targeting and identification of the needs of vulnerable people, thus providing more appropriate social protection programme design. It will also strengthen the coordination between social protection programmes by reducing duplication, fragmentation and gaps, and maximising the inclusion of populations in need.

The training session addressed topics such as integrated management information systems, interoperability, the different types of registries, intersectoral dialogue, data protection and confidentiality, identification methods, vulnerability analysis, and legal, administrative and institutional frameworks.

To successfully create an integrated registry, there needs to be a rigorous feasibility assessment, which will be carried out by IPC-IG through consultations with the Burundian government and the country’s various stakeholders. This workshop was the first step towards the implementation of the integrated registry in Burundi and resulted in key lessons that will help inform the assessment