Bilateral relations between Switzerland and Burundi are good and focus mainly on development cooperation on the one hand and Switzerland's involvement in the Burundian peace process on the other.
Bilateral relations Switzerland–Burundi
Key aspects of diplomatic relations
Swiss diplomacy in Burundi focuses primarily on development and peacebuilding. Switzerland has a cooperation office there and runs a cooperation programme for the Great Lakes region (Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda).
Switzerland has set out a strategy for sub-Saharan Africa for 2021–24. In the Great Lakes region, which includes Burundi, Switzerland works mainly in peacebuilding and fundamental human rights promotion. Switzerland promotes quality basic education and vocational education and training, thus fostering job creation.
Cooperation in education, research and innovation
Researchers who are citizens of Burundi can apply to the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) for Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships.
Development cooperation and humanitarian aid
As part of the regional strategy for the Great Lakes region (Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda), Switzerland is committed to peace, stability, poverty reduction, and the protection of the civilian population. It helps bolster democratic processes, respect for human rights, social cohesion, and job creation, especially for young people. Through the coordinated use of foreign policy instruments – diplomacy, development aid, peace and human rights promotion, humanitarian aid – Switzerland aims to strengthen the capacities of the people in the region.
Swiss citizens in Burundi
According to statistics on the Swiss abroad, 82 Swiss citizens were living in Burundi at the end of 2020 and 345 Burundian citizens were living in Switzerland.