Past Events

Great Lakes Course 2013
The Great Lakes Course covered Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The 2013 course examined the current crisis in the Kivus, the prospects of... MORE >
Horn of Africa Course 2013
The sixth Horn of Africa course took place in Jinja, Uganda, from 8 to 14 June 2013. The course covered Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia, Somaliland, Puntland and Northern Kenya. It... 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... MORE >
Nuruddin Farah in conversation with Binyavanga Wainaina
On 18 April 2013, the Rift Valley Institute (RVI) and Kwani Trust hosted a Nairobi Forum event at which Somali author Nuruddin Farah spoke with Binyavanga Wainaina, Kwani founder, Caine... 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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >