Past Events

Professor Samatar at the Hargeysa Cultural Centre
On the evening of 31 May, the Hargeysa Cultural Centre hosted a lecture by Professor Ahmed Ismail Samatar, one of the most prominent Somali scholars. Professor Samatar, lecturer at... MORE >
Violent Extremism and Community Resilience
The emergence of the Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) agenda reflects a recognition in policy circles that conventional security-based measures to counter terrorism have failed and, in... MORE >
Aid and Authoritarianism in Africa
On 9 May 2016, the Rift Valley Forum hosted the launch of Aid and Authoritarianism in Africa, edited by Tobias Hagmann and Filip Reyntjens. The book highlights the political and... MORE >
Stabilization, Extraversion and Political Settlements in Somalia
On Tuesday 10 May 2016, the Rift Valley Forum together with the Political Settlements Research Programme (PRSP), hosted the launch of a report by Tobias Hagmann on Stabilization in Somalia. MORE >
Following Mobile Money in Somaliland
On Thursday 5 May 2016, the Rift Valley Forum will launch the research paper, Following Mobile Money in Somaliland, which examines the development of Zaad, Somaliland’s first... MORE >
Understanding South Sudan Today
On Tuesday 3 May 2016, the Rift Valley Forum hosted a talk by Peter Biar Ajak on Understanding South Sudan Today. Drawing on his PhD research, his talk examined the history of the SPLM/A to... MORE >
Beats of the Antonov
On Tuesday 3 May 2016, the Rift Valley Forum screened a film, Beats of the Antonov, by Hajooj Kuka, followed by a discussion. Sudan has been in an almost constant state of civil... MORE >
Forging Jubaland: Community perspectives on federalism, governance and reconciliation
Since August 2012, Somalia has embarked upon a turbulent process of forming federal states. In the wake of past political processes, which had limited success and were often criticised as... MORE >
Famine in Somalia: Competing Imperatives, Collective Failures, 2011-12
In 2011, the scale of famine taking grip in Somalia was just beginning to receive international attention. Although famine had been predicted almost a year earlier, it was not until July... MORE >
Research and Knowledge Systems in the Somali regions
On 15 and 16 March, the Rift Valley Forum and Oxford-based INASP convened a roundtable discussion on Research and Knowledge Systems within the Somali regions. The purpose of the meeting was... MORE >
The Politics of Peace in the Ogaden
The armed conflict between the Ogaden National Liberation Front and the Ethiopian state is one of the longest running conflicts in the Horn of Africa.  While multi-ethnic federalism,... MORE >
Building Evidence into Policy and Practice in Kenya
Considerable time and effort are expended on monitoring and evaluation and on studies to improve humanitarian response in the East African region, but little is known about how the... MORE >

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