CARE Burundi has committed to the P-Bouge (Program Shift) since December 2008. Focusing on 2 programs, children's and women's empowerment programs, it has invested in analysis around the underlying causes of poverty surrounding these two groups, refined its impact group definitions and is in the process of refining its theory of change. The P-Bouge work has been supported through the involvement of staff across the organization - from finance, human resources to program representatives from headquarters and field offices - in addition to participation from partners and government representatives.

Over the next year, CARE Burundi aims to develop its impact measurement and learning system as well as review its organizational structure in order to become a programmatic organization.

We are very pleased to share with you CARE Burundi’s report on its experience with P-shift. Aptly entitled, "Making the 'P-Bouge' Bouge: Advancing, Revisiting, Revising, and Advancing Once Again" the document chronicles how Burundi has made the P-Shift really bouge (meaning ‘move’ in French) forward. Based on the rich experiences of CARE Burundi, this easy-to read, informative report does a great job of sharing insights and tips for the P-shift--lessons which can be taken and adapted by other COs. It does a fantastic job of detailing the process and the many reflections along the way. CO leaders who are in the midst of such a process will learn a great deal from the report. Our colleagues in Burundi have done a great job sharing their very pragmatic tips! We hope you enjoy. For any additional information or for questions, please contact Yawo Douvon (yawo.douvon@co.care.org) or Jane Iredale (jane.iredale@co.care.org).

Action Plans and Strategies

To inform CARE Burundi's Theory the CARE Burundi team is developing key cross-cutting strategies that are critical for the empowerment of both women and children. In the summer of 2009, the office worked with a consultant to develop a sub-strategy on sexual and reproductive health:

Burundi Sexual and Reproductive Health Sub-Strategy Draft

The team is also currently working to develop a cross-cutting strategy on governance.

Learning Questions

In January 2010, CARE Burundi staff and partners met to refine their Theory of Change as well as begin to develop learning questions. CARE Burundi is still in the process of refining these questions, but will be posting soon!

Theory of Change

From January 2010, CARE Burundi held a workshop with staff, partners and government representatives to refine their theory of change and begin to develop a system for impact measurement and learning, grounded on its analyses of three key underlying and intermediate causes of poverty: a patrilineal system, poor governance, overpopulation and conflict.

The office is still in the process of refining these statements and will be sharing soon.


An introduction to Theories of Change and the Program Approach
Burundi TOC Powerpoint Presentation
A synthesis draft of analysis on the causes of poverty for women in Burundi
Women Underlying Causes of Poverty Draft
A synthesis draft of analysis on the causes of poverty for children in Burundi
Children Underlying Causes of Poverty Draft
Analyzing the causes of poverty - a process and change of attitudes. CARE Burundi's story
Causes of Poverty Analysis
Point d’information du staff sur le P-Bouge N°1 CARE Burundi
Point d'information N1 sur P-Bouge
Workshop notes (work in progress) on Burundi's 3 programs (fr)
Les 3 Programmes

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