Events & Courses

South Sudan: Is Peace Possible?
On 10 January 2014, three weeks after the South Sudan crisis began—as peace talks stalled in Addis Ababa and the death toll continued to grow—representatives of South Sudanese civil society...MORE >
Is Somalia Ready for Foreign Investment?
Private sector development is crucial to generating employment, stimulating livelihoods, and the provision of basic services in Somalia. Nevertheless, Somalia remains a challenging...MORE >
Horn of Africa Course 2014
The 2014 Horn of Africa Course, held in Kenya from 31 May to 6 June, covered Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia, Somaliland, Puntland, and northern Kenya. The course offered a multi-...MORE >
Sudan and South Sudan Course 2014
The Sudan and South Sudan Course, under the direction of Sharath Srinivasan, was held in Kenya, from 14 to 20 June. New rebellions and ongoing civil war in both the Sudans have put social...MORE >
Great Lakes Course 2014
The Great Lakes Course Course, held in Burundi from 28 June to 4 July, covered Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The Director of Studies was Jason Stearns....MORE >
Somalia's Puntland State: What Next?
On Friday 7 February 2014, the Nairobi Forum of the Rift Valley Institute (RVI) convened a meeting on the new political dispensation in the Puntland State of Somalia. Speakers and...MORE >
Every Day Is For the Thief
The Nigerian-American writer, photographer and art historian Teju Cole (@tejucole) was in conversation with John Ryle (@johnryle), Director of the Rift Valley Institute, at Bard College,...MORE >
Training course in Somaliland on fieldwork methodology
In January, RVI organised a five-day training course in the University of Hargeysa in Somaliland, for Somali researchers, on social science research methodologies. The course brought...MORE >
Regional Conference: Stabilisation in Eastern and Central Africa
On 12 and 13 March, the Rift Valley Institute (RVI) and University of Gothenburg co-convened a regional conference on stabilisation at the Kenya School of Government in Nairobi. The...MORE >
On Friday 4 April 2014 the Somali Red Crescent and the British Red Cross launched their case study “Principles in Action in Somalia” at an event hosted by the Nairobi Forum. The study...MORE >
Challenges of inclusivity and equality in Somalia
On Monday 10 March, the Office of the European Union Commission for Somalia, IIDA Women’s Development Organization and the Nairobi Forum of the Rift Valley Institute convened a panel...MORE >
A debate on federalism at Juba University
More than seven hundred people attended a lecture on federalism at Juba University on Saturday 5 July. The lecture was delivered by Rift Valley Institute Fellow Douglas H. Johnson and...MORE >