Reconciliation of Refugees Returning from Exile.

by Innovations in Peacemaking Burundi
Reconciliation of Refugees Returning from Exile.

Project Report | Jan 3, 2024
IPB october 2023 narrartive report

By Elie Nahimana | Project Leader

Good and bad listening session
Good and bad listening session
  1. Introduction

For the month of September 2023, a workshop on Nonviolent Conflict Management was conducted for the “Dufatane mu nda” Self Help Group members on 28h and 30th September 2023. Behind this workshop six SHG coaching and follow up were conducted. Twenty one members of “Dufatane mu nda” Self Help Group participated including twenty (20) women and one (1) man.

This workshop aimed at providing to participants technics and tools of managing conflict nonviolently by applying the “win - win approach” to preserve the effective reintegration which is the main objective of IPB through its peace workshops on trauma healing, Social cohesion and economic resilience.

During this workshop, the “Economic opportunities analysis “ was touched to open up the eyes of participants in order to invest in new income generating activities which their communities are in need instead of duplicating what others are doing.. The social cohesion was also discussed as an important need for investment.

  1. Some key stories of success


Before attending trauma healing workshop, I was opposing the idea related to savings and credit because the future was not a consideration to me.

Whenever I got money, I had to consume it and finish it. My husband and I were living on a day basis. Tomorrow’s life was not a preoccupation for us. This was due to the many people we lost in our families during the massive violence’s happened in Burundi.

Today, I’m glad that I feel reintegrated in my community and I understand that future exists and I have to prepare for it in working hard to afford it and contribute for our children education, health and other daily needs.

The nonviolent conflict management understanding and tools is an added value on what we have leant so far.


Learning about peaceful conflict management comes the right time for me. I was pleased to learn that conflict is part of my life that I was born with it and I must live with until the last day. It’s understandable that I must know to live with it nonviolently and peacefully.

Being member of our Self Help Group, the nonviolent conflict management must characterize us.


The workshop on nonviolent conflict management was appreciated by participants who it helpful for the ongoing of their Self Help Group. Eight Self Help Groups are already functional with the support of IPB


On behalf of IPB

Elie Nahimana

Project leader

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Workshop view and mood
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Innovations in Peacemaking Burundi

Location: Bujumbura - Burundi
Project Leader:
Elie Nahimana
Bujumbura , Burundi

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