Eth­nic, gen­der bal­ance in NGO work­force

The East African - - NEWS -

BU­RUNDI:

FOR­EIGN NON-GOVERN­MEN­TAL or­gan­i­sa­tions op­er­at­ing in the coun­try must ob­serve eth­nic and gen­der bal­ance when they hire lo­cals.

Ad­dress­ing a press con­fer­ence in Bu­jum­bura, the sec­ond vice-pres­i­dent of the Se­nate, Anicet Niy­ongabo said for­eign NGOS are sub­ject to the same leg­is­la­tion as Bu­run­dian pub­lic ad­min­is­tra­tion in­sti­tu­tions.

“Prac­tices in terms of em­ploy­ment are grounded in cri­te­ria of abil­ity, ob­jec­tive­ness, fair­ness, cor­rect­ing im­bal­ances mainly in terms of eth­nic and gen­der rep­re­sen­ta­tion,” he said. “Women should also be rep­re­sented at an av­er­age of 30 per cent.”

Ac­cord­ing to him, the law on for­eign NGOS stip­u­lates that their ac­tiv­i­ties have to be in har­mony with Bu­run­dian law.

He said the Se­nate would “send a team of Se­na­tors to the of­fices of for­eign NGOS to as­sess the real sit­u­a­tion of the staff mem­bers, mainly in terms of eth­nic and gen­der as­pects.”

When the law was en­acted in Jan­uary 2017, NGOS were given six months to com­ply with it.

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