Behind the scenes in Burundi

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Our production team is on the ground in Burundi right now filming the next few videos in the Doing Development Differently series! Our partner, Centre for Development and Enterprises Great Lakes, has succeeded in encouraging some major reforms, and we're here to document the real-life impact of those reforms. Check out our social media feeds and the article below for some behind-the-scenes photos, and stay tuned for more updates before the final video release!

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The film crew was met at the airport by team members from Centre for Development and Enterprises Great Lakes (CDE). Left to right: Charles Fritschner (videographer, director; Thatch Films), Innocent Kezakimana (administration and finance manager, CDE), Monia Wakana (communications director, CDE), Aimable Manirakiza (CEO, CDE), Conrado Etchebarne (producer), Clint Pagurko (producer, communications specialist; Atlas Network), Isaac Torres (photographer).
Story 1: Papa Coriandre
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A street sign featuring the flag of Burundi and the logo of the ruling party.
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Charlie films Aimable interacting with Papa Coriandre, a local entrepreneur who has been empowered by reforms encouraged by the Atlas Network partner.
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Charles and Conrado set up for an interview with Papa Coriandre.
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Charles and Isaac working as Papa Coriandre prepares one of his signature juice products.
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Setting up a group photo with Papa Coriandre and his employees.
Story 2: Nasra
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Interviewing Nasra, a woman who trades across the Burundi-Democratic Republic of the Congo border, near the border station.
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Charlie, Isaac, and Conrado capturing the cityscape of Bujumbura with Lake Tanganyika in the background and the mountains beyond.
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The landscape changed as we neared the Rwandan border and Nasra's home.
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The team getting ready to interview Nice at her home.
Story 3: Aimable Manirakiza
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Starting off Sunday morning by visiting Aimable's church.
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With Aimable in the tv station as he is interviewed on camera.
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Capturing the daily work environment at the Centre for Development and Enterprises Great Lakes office.
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After a soccer game in the rain.

Keep an eye out for more updates ahead of the video releases later this year!