The Rift Valley Institute’s three field courses offer a unique opportunity to spend an intensive week with an outstanding group of experts and fellow participants, away from routine distractions. Held annually in the summer, the courses are taught by teams of leading regional and international specialists, the courses provide the basis for an understanding of current political and developmental challenges in three sub-regions: Sudan and South Sudan; the Horn of Africa; and the Great Lakes.
Participants and Teaching Staff
The courses are designed for policy-makers, diplomats, investors, development workers, researchers, activists and journalists—for new arrivals to the region and those already working there who wish to deepen their understanding. Teachers on the three courses include internationally-known specialists, researchers and activists from Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Rwanda, Burundi and the DRC.
An Immersive Programme
The innovative, dawn-to-dusk programme of seminars, lectures, group discussions and special events examines key environmental, political and cultural features of the three sub-regions, contextualizing contemporary problems. The residential nature of the courses ensures ample opportunity for informal exchange between participants and teaching staff.
Applications for the 2018 courses are open. You can apply online here. Applications are considered in order of receipt. For other enquiries please contact us. Participants in the courses are eligible for three optional graduate-level credits in the US tertiary educational system. Location, staff, and other course arrangements may be subject to change.
The cost of each course is USD4,250. The fee covers tuition, special events, local transport, advance course literature, and six nights’ full board and accommodation.
Flights and Visas
Flights to and from the course location are not included. For advice on flights and visas, please contact the Institute.