Burundi’s Transition: Training Leaders for Peace

Issue Date January 2006
Volume 17
Issue 1
Page Numbers 132-138
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One of the most distinctive elements of Burundi’s transition is the extent to which national leaders have embraced the importance of leadership training as a key to reconciliation and good governance. Indeed, Burundi may be the first case of a country just emerging from conflict in which key leaders have integrated into their peace process a national training program explicitly designed to rebuild their capacity to work effectively together in advancing their country’s postwar reconstruction. This essay examines the goals and methods of the Burundi Leadership Training Program (BLTP).

About the Authors

Howard Wolpe

Howard Wolpe, a former U.S. congressman who chaired the House’s Africa Subcommittee and later served as presidential special envoy to Africa’s Great Lakes region, directs the African Program and Leadership Project at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

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Steve McDonald

Steve McDonald, a former Foreign-Service officer, is consulting project manager of the Wilson Center’s Burundi Leadership Training Program.

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