Events & Courses

RVI Field Courses
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...MORE >
M23 and the Challenges to Peace in the Eastern DRC
The capture of Goma by the M23 rebel group marks an alarming escalation in the crisis facing the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Confusion over the nature and agenda of the...MORE >
The panel discussion on the historical roots of the present-day Congolese crisis was timed to coincide with the release of the first two French RVI Usalama Project reports. Organised by the...MORE >
A Somali Spring?
On 11 October in Nairobi, Professor Ken Menkhaus of Davidson College, North Carolina debated current developments in Somalia with panelists Amal Ismail, publisher and founder of Bridge...MORE >
On 6 December 2012, the  Nairobi Forum hosted a seminar on ‘Rethinking state-building in Somalia: Negotiated statehood and hybrid governance’. The first discussion was led by Dr Marleen...MORE >
Somaliland election observers at the RVI Nairobi Forum
On 4 December 2012, the RVI's Nairobi Forum presented the assessments of five members of the International Election Observer team who monitored district elections in the Republic of...MORE >
Art, literature, and reconstruction in the Horn of Africa
The Somali Kenyan MP Yusuf Hassan was a conspicuous absence at a discussion on the role of art and literature in social reconstruction in the Horn of Africa, which took place on 10 December...MORE >
Hasty repatriation: Is it time for Somali refugees to go home?
Kenya currently hosts over 500,000 registered refugees, and an unknown number of undocumented refugees from Somalia. In November 2012, following a series of violent attacks on churches,...MORE >
Ethiopia after Meles: National and regional implications
The death of Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi in August 2012 marked the beginning of the end of a generation of ‘reform rebels’ that came to power in East Africa in the 1990s. Prime...MORE >
Somalia's Jubaland: Past, present and potential future
Jubaland has been one of the most heavily fought over regions of Somalia during the civil war. With its perennial river, fertile soils and the port city of Kismayo it was, and has the...MORE >
Juba Lecture Series 2013
The 2013 RVI Juba Lecture series, held in collaboration with the Centre for Peace and Development Studies at the University of Juba, were held on 6-8 March 2013 at the university’s New Hall...MORE >
Continuity and change in Somalia
On 19 April, the Nairobi Forum hosted the launch of a special Somalia edition of the Journal of Eastern African Studies. Speakers included Markus Hoehne of the Max Planck Institute, Jutta...MORE >