In Burundi there is a contributive pension for salaried workers covered by the labor code, military personnel, and civil service and public utility contract workers. There is also a special system for civil servants and a voluntary coverage for persons previously insured for at least six consecutive months. The government has plans to create a Social Protection framework and also a department in charge of social protection.
In the Non-Contributory Government Provision is the Old-age Pension, for people up to age 60; the Disability Pension, which pays for a loss of physical or mental capacity of at least 66 per cent and has at least three years of coverage; and the Survivor Pension, which is paid to eligible survivors if the deceased qualifies for a pension, was a pensioner. The coverage is very limited.
In 2006 the government produced the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper.
It focused on supporting victims of the civil war, helping with reintegration; upgrading their productive capacities; improving the coordination of interventions targeting victims; strengthening the capacity to treat psychological trauma; and assisting the disabled. Health assistance and primary school are exempted from fees. There are some cash transfers for older people, children and people with disabilities.
There is also support for Orphans and Vulnerable Children’s programmes to provide improved access to education, social support services and medical care.