Between Rwanda, Congo and Tanzania
Burundi has suffered but is ready for change. History, difficult geography, disease burden and tribalism have undermined development and hope. Burundi is the 4th poorest nation on earth (after DRC, Central African Republic and Somalia). It has only 45% the income per person of Rwanda and Haiti. Investments in educating leaders and professionals can change the course of a nation!
See ...especially for 2006 to present.
Burundi is a small landlocked country in central Africa just south of Rwanda—11.5 million people in a mountainous land about the size of Massachusetts. It is the second most densely populated country in Africa (after Rwanda). It has limited resources and no tourist attractions.
Burundi is lush with good soil and rains and is extensively farmed. 90% of the population lives on subsistence agriculture. In Burundi, 78% live on less than $1.90 per day, more than any country except Madagascar. Worldbank growth expectations for Burundi 2016-2018 are half of even other low-income sub-Saharan countries.
46% of the population is under 15 years. 29% of children under 5 years are underweight. Adult literacy is 80%. Maternal mortality is 6th highest in the world. The infectious disease burden is "very high" (WHO). There are only 3 physicians per 100,000 (the US has more than 250 per 100,000).
Like neighboring Rwanda, Burundi has suffered prolonged ethnic conflict. A civil war extended until 2005. The world has not reached out to Burundi as it has to Rwanda. Because of the war, there is reduced intellectual capital and limited physical infrastructure in the country.
Young, limited schooling, limited health infrastructure