An Institution benefiting special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council(ECOSOC)

Team and executive bodies  


 The organization is directed at the highest level by its General Assembly (GA). An International Coordination and a General Management direct the daily work in constant links with the Board of Directors, to whom the General Assembly delegates its tasks. Antennas or representations are created in the countries where its action is necessary as in New York, Vienna, Nairobi and Addis Ababa ..., because of the intense international activity existing in these capitals. For the purposes of its international visibility, CIRID has also appointed the services of an Honorary Committee and a Support Committee whose mission is to advise the organization in its action.




The International Coordination




The Directorate General of CIRID

Joël H. Muhizi, Director General of CIRID

Graduate in African Studies from the University of Basel (2013) and bachelor degree in History and Geography at the University of Grenoble (2007), Joel was for several years President of the Youth Parliament of Vernier, his host community in Swiss. In 2010-2011, with many friends he met at the University in Grenoble, France, Geneva, Berne and Basel in Switzerland, he participated in the foundation of the African Youth Parliament of Switzerland, then of the Council of the African Diaspora of Switzerland (CDAS) of which he is elected first Secretary General (2010 -2012 and 2012-2014). He represents the African Diaspora Youth Network Europe (ADYNE) in Switzerland. Winner of the Janusz Korczak Switzerland Prize in 1999, he receives in 2015 the NCBI-Switzerland Award for Bridge Makers in recognition of his role with the diaspora and his commitment to bring Burundi and Switzerland together through the Janusz Korczak Literary Prize Burundi .


Decentralized bodies


Together they are what is now called the CIRID Group. These are the following bodies: Afrirec, African Agency for International Economic and Diplomatic Relations. According to the new strategic plan of action, Afrirec organizes an annual forum called the Tanganyika International Forum, which also includes the PDP Professional Development Program or PFPC In French(Programme de formation permanente des cadres), which focuses on the updating of knowledge in international relations and the attribution of the SDA ("Sustainable Development Africa") Prize or ADD in French( « Afrique développement durable ») The Youth and Cultures Group (YCG) mobilizes young people for academic excellence. Since 2007, the YCG has launched the Janucz Korszak Award, which is now in its third year. Remesha Editions and Remesha Magazine carry out the organization's ambitions for communication.

a) African Agency for International Economic and Diplomatic Relations (AFRIREC In French) AFRIREC is a decentralized institution created in July 1998 within Cirid, an institution with a special status with the Economic and Social Council (Ecosoc) of the United Nations.  Born in the wake of Cirid's participation in the "Swiss Initiative for Africa", set up at the 9th Crans Montana Forum in 1998, Afrirec specializes in promoting economic investment projects and the social reconstruction of countries emerging from serious conflicts. Through its interest in peacebuilding programs, it encourages the creation and strengthening of an atmosphere suitable for economic exchange. After formalizing its activity at the 1st International Exhibition of Emerging Markets in Geneva in May 1999, the Agency decided to focus on the African Great Lakes region in the early 2000s. By targeting its activities in diaspora circles, it then helped to establish a regional integration policy in this part of the African continent. Its headquarters, based in Geneva, created an Africa Office in Bujumbura, Burundi, to improve its services on the continent, with a focal point on the African Great Lakes region. On the agenda is the organization of the Tanganyika International Forum, a forum for reflection on key issues such as the protection of the environment and support for peacebuilding.

b) The Youth and Cultures Group “Young people for the promotion of African cultural values " The Youth & Cultures Group was created within CIRID to contribute to the reflection on the relationship between economic and cultural social issues. Its aim is above all to promote initiatives of the younger generation, aimed at highlighting the cultural values ​​of different African countries, in a context of mutual understanding. Its activity consists of the organization of shows, theatrical evenings and any other event related to the socio-economic and cultural environment of young people, and their intellectual evolution in secondary schools and universities. Its program coincides with the various cultural events of CIRID and its various structures. In Geneva, Cirid's international headquarters, the Youth and Culture Group plans to organize the special Africa nights, bringing together youth associations and African stars of music, fashion and arts. In Bujumbura, headquarters of the Africa Office, it plans an annual Youth Forum, during which the Janusz Korzcak Literary Prize is awarded. The awarded student obtains a scholarship to pursue further studies in Switzerland.

In 2012, the 3rd Prize was awarded for the first time to a girl: Juscaëlle Iradukunda

Winner 1 Jean-Claude Barakamfitiye (in the middle), Janusz Korczak Burundi Prize 2008 and Secretary of the PJKB since November 20, 2010. Link article published December 10, 2009 in The Letter of the Swiss Association of Friends of Dr. Janusz Korczak (page 2) about Jean-Claude Barakamfitiye Column 1 info here

Winner 2 Réginas Ndayiragije, Janusz Korczak Prize Burundi 2010. Listen to the interview of the winner at the International Institute for the Rights of the Child (IDE, Sion, VS) Watch the youtube video on the Janusz Korczak Burundi Prize 2010.

Winner 3 Juscaëlle Iradukunda, Janusz Korczak Prize Burundi 2012 (the first girl). She is invited to take part in the Caravan of Children’s Rights to discover the institutions of the Council of Europe and the UN. Click here to learn more.