Elizabeth McClintock describes the history of the Burundi Leadership Training Program, which was launched by U.S. President Bill Clinton’s former envoy to the Great Lakes region, Howard Wolpe. The program started in 2003 with 100 Burundian leaders chosen by the Burundian people. The workshops focused on topics such as conflict management, strategic decision making and leadership. The training program initially received funding from the World Bank and the U.S. Agency for International Development, and later from the U.K. Department for International Development, before becoming a Burundian nongovernmental organization. The program functioned as a six-day retreat outside of Bujumbura, followed by workshops. The training focused on communication skills (police de proximite) and situation-based exercises (hostage negotiation, etc.). McClintock discusses the process by which Burundians came to conduct the training themselves, taking over the roles originally held by the international community.
At the time of this interview, Elizabeth McClintock was the lead facilitator for the Burundi Leadership Training Program, financed by the U.K. Department for International Development, and a founder and managing partner of CM Partners, a consultancy on negotiation and conflict management. In addition to this work, she trained and managed a cadre of Burundian conflict-management facilitators in their work with local leaders in Burundi under the auspices of the Community-Based Peace and Reconciliation Initiative, sponsored by U.S. Agency for International Development's Office of Transition Initiatives. She earned a master's degree in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School, Tufts University, and a bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College.