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Records management in the government of burundi by anthea seles university college london

Records Management in the Government of Burundi

By:

Anthea Seles

University College London

Records Management and Archives Research Students Group

January 19th, 2010


Overview

Overview

  • Facts about Burundi

  • Brief History of Burundi

  • Project Overview

  • Government Ministries and Agencies Surveyed

  • Records Management, Information Communication Technology, and E-Government Initiatives in Burundi

  • Conclusion


Facts about burundi

Facts about Burundi

  • Population: 8.9 million people

  • Religions: Catholic (65%), Protestant (25%), Islam (13%)

  • Three ethnic groups: Tutsi (14%), Hutu (85%), and Twa (less than 1%)

  • Two official languages: Kirundi and French

    • Kiswhili (Swahili) is in use as well but it is a non official language


Brief history of burundi

Brief History of Burundi

  • c.1680- Kingdom of Burundi founded by Mwami Ntare Rushatsi

  • 1890- Became part of German East Africa

  • 1904- Establishment of a German protectorate

  • 1916- Belgians take over governance of Burundi

  • 1961- End of Belgian rule with the election of Prince Louis Rwagasore


Brief history of burundi1

Brief History of Burundi

  • 1965- Hutu revolt. Lead to one of the first ethnocides in the country this time against Tutsis

  • 1966- End of Burundian monarchic rule. Marks the beginning of four military regimes.

  • 1972- Hutu revolt in which 3,000 Tutsis lost their lives but the government reacted by killing 200,000 educated Hutus. This event created a deep divided among the ethnic groups which lead to the 1993 genocide.


Project overview

Project Overview

  • Research funded by the Canadian International Development Research Council (CIDRC)

  • Research is being conducted by the International Records Management Trust (IRMT)

    • Examining the role of records management in Information Communication Technology (ICT), E-Government and Access to Information initiatives in the East African Community (EAC)


Project overview1

Project Overview

  • The research on records management in Burundi and Rwanda added as an extension to the project.

  • Examined government ministries, agencies, and departments in Tanzania, Kenya, and Uganda prior to extension.

  • Burundi trip took place between December 5th-19th . Lead investigator was Dr. Justus Wamukoya (Information Studies Department, University of Moi, Kenya)


Government ministries and agencies surveyed

Government Ministries and Agencies Surveyed

  • The Auditor General's Court (Archives Director/Clerk)

  • University of Burundi (Head Librarian/Head of IT)

  • Central Bank of Burundi (Archives Director)

  • National Archives of Burundi (National Archivist)

  • Ministry of Telecommunications, Information Communication, and Parliamentary Relations (Permanent Secretary)

  • Ministry of Public Health (Archives Director, Head of Human Resources)

  • Ministry of Interior (Permanent Secretary)

  • Ministry of Justice (Permanent Secretary, Head of website and IT program)

  • Ministry of Finance (Permanent Secretary, Head of IT, Integrated Financial Systems Coordinator)

  • Executive Secretariat of Information Communication Technologies (Executive Secretary)

  • Ministry of Public Service (Head of Payroll Processing)


Records management in the government of burundi by anthea seles university college london

Records Management, Information Communication Technology, and E-Government and Access to Information Initiatives in Burundi

  • Limited information communication technology projects and e-Government projects being implemented.

    • Not a government priority but EAC priority

  • No access to information legislation being considered at this point in time

    • Strategic development document 2011-2016


Records management in the government of burundi by anthea seles university college london

Records Management, Information Communication Technology, and E-Government and Access to Information Initiatives in Burundi

  • Limited or no records management in government ministries

    • Not a government priority, nor a priority at the ministries


What are the problems

What are the problems?

  • Records Management

    • Archives Law

    • Records management cadre

    • Knowledge about recordkeeping

      • Technology seen as the panacea for records management issues

    • Lack of government or senior ministerial backing

      • This translates into lack of resources

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What are the problems1

What are the problems?

  • ICT and e-Government

    • Capacity

    • Lack of infrastructure

    • Lack of government backing

    • Lack of understanding


Conclusion

Conclusion

  • State of recordkeeping and records management in a state of disarray

  • Records are regularly lost resulting in administrative delays

  • ICT and e-Government initiatives are more of a priority but still don't have enough support for centralised implementation.


Records management in the government of burundi by anthea seles university college london

National Archives of Burundi


Records management in the government of burundi by anthea seles university college london

National Archives of Burundi


Records management in the government of burundi by anthea seles university college london

National Archives of Burundi


Conclusion1

Conclusion

  • Perfect time for information sessions on the value of records management

  • Ideal moment to discuss recordkeeping and records management issues, given the early states of ICT and e-Government program planning

  • Need build records management cadre and professional body


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