Tanzania & Burundi


The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) established operations in Tanzania in October 2015 to provide emergency assistance to Burundi refugees who were fleeing violence that ensued following the disputed presidential election in April 2015. From the onset, DRC’s operations in Tanzania have been based in Nduta and Mtendeli refugee camps. The main programme office is located in Kibondo with a country office in Dar es Salaam. DRC Tanzania is headed by the Country Director with an Area Manager responsible for the operations in Kigoma District.

DRC is delivering an integrated multi-sectoral assistance program that combines camp coordination and camp management, protection, livelihoods, community based protection, general food distribution, water & sanitation and hygiene, in order to address the populations needs as a whole. 

The displacement from Burundi is protracted – given the non-resolution of the political situation, complex land issues, insecurity, difficult economic situation and despite the continuation of a voluntary repatriation process. DRC has shifted from an emergency phase to more long-term interventions, including support to the host communities in the vicinity of the camps. 

DRC established operations in Burundi in October 2018. The country program is managed from Bujumbura under the supervision of the Tanzania Country Program. Currently, DRC is implementing a food security program for returning refugees from Tanzania and other neighboring countries. The program is the first step in providing holistic support to Burundian refugees throughout the displacement cycle – from emergency to protracted, return and reintegration.

DRC’s operations:

 Shelter and nonfood Services

Camp Management and Camp Coordination 

DRC works in both Nduta and Mtendeli camps, to distribute core relief items and other non-food items, shelter allocation and maintenance, wet feeding to persons of concern held by police and operation of departure centers.


Protection and Community Based Protection

DRC supports community based governance and protection structures, aids in information dissemination, supports the feedback mechanisms, community based psychosocial support, conflict management activities and peaceful coexistence events between in-camp and host communities’ populations (following a conflict dynamics analysis conducted in 2017 by DDGs conflict advisors). 

 Income Generating Activities

Livelihoods/Food security

DRC helps to establish kitchen gardens, offers support to the business community both inside and outside the camps, facilitates cash based interventions (through vouchers), supports village loan saving groups and provides solar energy lighting. 

 Food Security

General Food Distribution

DRC distributes food items in Nduta and Mtendeli refugee camps. 

 Water, Sanitation & Hygiejne

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene support

In Nduta camp, DRC has facilitated the construction of household latrines, decommissioning and replacement of family shared latrines, construction of bathing shelters, distribution of kits (such as dignity kits, menstrual cup kits and household latrine cleaning kits), as well as support to establishment of safe water systems in surrounding host communities.


Partners and Donors:

UK Department for International Development
European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department
World Food Programme of the United Nations
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
The Philips Foundation
United Nations Capital Development Fund