Past Events

On 13 November 2017, Somalilanders went to the polls to choose their president. The exercise, which ended peacefully, was the third in Somaliland since it adopted a multiparty system in... MORE >
Somali Women’s Political Participation and Leadership: Evidence and Opportunities
On 7 November 2017, the Rift Valley Institute (RVI), Social Development Direct (SDD), Forcier Consulting, University College London (UCL) and Nagaad Network hosted a panel to discuss the... MORE >
Role of the International Electoral Observers: Somaliland Presidential Elections
On 13 November 2017, Somalilanders will go to the polls in the third presidential election. Once again, international observers—coming from 25 countries—will participate in verifying the... MORE >
The role of the media in Somaliland’s elections
The Somaliland media increasingly enjoys editorial independence. However, they have not always managed to maintain their integrity. There have been instances in the past where journalists... MORE >
Empowered yet displaced
Every year since 2008, the world had become less peaceful. In the Horn and Central Africa, conflict threatens and destroys the lives, homes and jobs of millions of women, men and children,... MORE >
Strengthening Humanitarian Response in Insecure Settings
Conflicts produce large-scale humanitarian crises and are often characterized by high levels of instability and volatility. Nonetheless, humanitarian workers are expected to operate in... MORE >
Eastleigh Launch: Impact of War on Somali Men
On 5 March 2017, the Rift Valley Forum and the Aw Jama Cultural Centre will host a panel discussion to discuss the findings of the inception phase of RVI's Impact of War on Somali Men... MORE >
Somali Literature, Culture and Heritage
On 7 February 2017, the Rift Valley Forum and the Hargeysa Cultural Centre hosted an evening of Somali Literature, Culture and Heritage to celebrate the fourth anniversary of the... MORE >
Horn of Africa Course 2017
The Horn of Africa Course covers Ethiopia, the Somali regions, Eritrea, Djibouti, and northern Kenya. The social and political histories of each country in the Horn of Africa are examined... MORE >
Going on Tahriib
More than one million people arrived in Europe via the Mediterranean in 2015. In Somaliland and Puntland, accounts of young people embarking on the hazardous journey via Ethiopia, Sudan and... MORE >
Embassy of Ireland in Kenya Forum
On 30 November 2016, the Rift Valley Forum hosted a forum with the Embassy of Ireland in Kenya on regional conflict dynamics in the Horn of Africa and East Africa. Guests included Ireland’s... MORE >
Hargeysa Launch of Going on Tahriib & We Kissed the Ground
In 2015, more than one million people arrived in Europe via the Mediterranean. In Somaliland and Puntland, accounts of young people embarking on the hazardous journey via Ethiopia, Sudan... MORE >

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