Past Events

Nairobi Forum: Planning for the London Somalia Conference
A meeting chaired by Hon. Mohamed Affey was convened by the RVI in Nairobi on 2 May to discuss the forthcoming London conference on Somalia. The Nairobi meeting followed an earlier Forum... MORE >
Pastoralism and Development in Africa
On 29th April 2013 the RVI hosted a seminar to discuss the new book Pastoralism and Development in Africa: Dynamic Change at the Margins (London: Earthscan, 2013), in collaboration with the... MORE >
The Somalia Conference in London
On 27 April the Nairobi Forum became the Mogadishu Forum, when it hosted a consultation in Mogadishu about the forthcoming Somalia Conference in London. The meeting was convened by Yusuf... MORE >
Sudan and South Sudan Course 2013
The course was held under the direction of Justin Willis of Durham University. Dan Large of the Central European University was the Deputy Director of Studies. The teaching staff included... MORE >
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 >