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Records Management in the Government of Burundi By: Anthea Seles University College London Records Management and Archives Research Students Group January 19th, 2010. Overview. Facts about Burundi Brief History of Burundi Project Overview Government Ministries and Agencies Surveyed

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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, 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, 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? and E-Government and Access to Information Initiatives in Burundi

  • 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? and E-Government and Access to Information Initiatives in Burundi

  • ICT and e-Government

    • Capacity

    • Lack of infrastructure

    • Lack of government backing

    • Lack of understanding


Conclusion
Conclusion and E-Government and Access to Information Initiatives in Burundi

  • 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.


National Archives of Burundi and E-Government and Access to Information Initiatives in Burundi


National Archives of Burundi and E-Government and Access to Information Initiatives in Burundi


National Archives of Burundi and E-Government and Access to Information Initiatives in Burundi


Conclusion1
Conclusion and E-Government and Access to Information Initiatives in Burundi

  • 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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