Ethnic, gender balance in NGO workforce
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.