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Annex: The Committee's Visit Programme in Rwanda, DRC and Burundi

The Committee visited Rwanda, DRC and Burundi from 15 to 24 June 2011.

Members participating: Malcolm Bruce (Chair), Hugh Bayley, Richard Burden, Sam Gyimah, Richard Harrington, Pauline Latham, Jeremy Lefroy, Michael McCann, Anas Sarwar, Chris White

Accompanied by: Mick Hillyard (Second Clerk); Anna Dickson (Committee Specialist)

The Committee divided into two groups for parts of the visit.



Thursday 16 June

Meeting with Minister of Finance, Hon John Rwandgombwa and Minister of Infrastructure, Hon Albert Nsengiyumva

Briefing on human rights in Rwanda by Civil Society Organisations

Meeting with other donors on Rwanda:

Group 1:

  • The United States
  • European Union
  • World Bank
  • African Development Bank
  • United Nations Development Programme

Group 2:

  • Swedish International Development Agency (Burundi group)

Field Visits to

  • A community supported by DFID through the Vision Umurenge Programme (VUP) for support to the extreme poor
  • A genocide survivors health centre and income-generating activities run by Survivors Fund UK (SURF) and Solace Ministries

Friday 17 June

Field Visits to

  • DFID's Land Tenure Regularisation Programme
  • PPIMA (Support to Civil Society Capacity Building and Engagement in Public Policy Information, Monitoring and Advocacy) programme of support to civil society

Briefing on Trade Mark East Africa

The Committee travelled by road to the DRC

Democratic Republic of Congo

Saturday 18 June


Briefing with HMG on the situation in eastern DRC

Meeting with:

  • World Food Programme (WFP)
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA)
  • United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
  • United Nations Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR)

Introductory call on the Governor of North Kivu

Briefing with United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO)

Meeting with NGO Partners:

  • International Alert
  • Oxfam
  • Save the Children
  • Pole Institute
  • Christian Aid
  • International Rescue Committee
  • International Committee of the Red Cross

Group 1:

Field Visit with ICRC to:

  • Water treatment plant
  • Children's reunification centre

Group 2:

Field visits with UNICEF to:

  • UNICEF Nutrition Centre
  • Heal Africa
  • Voter Registration Centre
  • Water Treatment Plant

Sunday 19 June

The Committee travelled by boat from Goma to Bukavu

Call on the Governor of South Kivu

Meeting with DFID partners: IRC, UNICEF

Monday 20 June

Group 1:

Field visit on the Shabunda road:

  • Travel on Burhale-Shabunda road, and discuss construction and maintenance challenges.
  • Meet community members and road construction teams
  • Meet with local community and Village Development Committee
  • Visit local clinic, school and water points

Group 2:

Field Visit on Miti Hombo Road :

  • Discussion on road construction and maintenance
  • Meet road construction team and supervisor
  • Travel on Miti-Hombo road with MONUSCO escort
  • Visit to a village water and sanitation project (Village Assaini) and meet community members

Tuesday 21 June


International Rescue Committee briefing on health, maternal care and violence against women

Meeting with South Kivu Parliamentary Oversight Committee for Security and Justice

The Committee travelled to Bujumbura, Burundi by road

Meeting with local civil society representatives and journalists:

  • Evariste Ngoyagoye, Catholic Archbishop of Burundi
  • Onesphore Nduwayo, Director, OAG
  • Antoine Kaburahe, Editor of Iwacu, main weekly newspaper
  • Cassien Ndikuryo, Help Channel
  • Isidore Rufyikiri, Head of Burundi Bar Association

Wednesday 22 June

Briefing with DFID

Meeting with:

  • Gervais Rufyikiri, Second Vice President

The Committee travelled to the Shambo Community in Karuzi Province and stayed with local families*

Thursday 23 June


Meeting with:

  • EU Delegation
  • Special Representative of the UN Secretary General
  • French Ambassador
  • German Ambassador
  • Dutch Ambassador
  • Swiss Political Counsellor
  • IMF Country Representative
  • World Bank Country Manager
  • Trade Mark East Africa
  • Belgian Embassy official

Meeting with:

  • Refugee Education Trust
  • CARE
  • Avocats Sans Frontieres
  • Benevolencija
  • ActionAid
  • Christian Aid

Meeting with:

  • Dr Yves Sahinguvu, ex-1st Vice President

* Those Members who did not travel to Shombo held meetings with:

  • Stéphane de Loecker, EU Ambassador to Burundi
  • Burundi Revenue Authority
  • Karen Landgren, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General

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