Past Events

Great Lakes Course 2015
The Great Lakes Course covered the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Rwanda and Burundi. The state and its institutions were cross-cutting themes this year. In the DRC, the Course... MORE >
Culture, art and development
Kayd Somali Arts & Culture, an RVI partner organisation, will hold an Open Talk in London on 12 July with Professor Ahmed Samatar. The subject is the relationship between culture and... MORE >
Horn of Africa Course 2015
The Horn of Africa Course covered Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia, Somaliland, Puntland, and Northern Kenya. The 2015 course offered a multi-disciplinary examination of the crises... MORE >
The Impact of War on Somali Men
On 9 June 2015, the Rift Valley Institute Nairobi Forum held a public meeting to launch the report of the inception phase of the Forum's research study, The Impact of War on Somali Men.  In... MORE >
Sacred Causes
On 19 May 2015, the Rift Valley Institute Nairobi Forum, in collaboration with the Institut français de recherches en Afrique, hosted a discussion to launch the French edition of Philip... MORE >
Nuruddin Farah Reflects on Somali Cultural Losses in the Civil War
On Saturday 9 May, the Nairobi Forum hosted an evening with renowned Somali author Nuruddin Farah at the offices of the Rift Valley Institute. Nuruddin spoke about Somali cultural losses in... MORE >
Closing Dadaab
On 29 April, 2015, the Nairobi Forum hosted a panel to discuss the legal and humanitarian implications of a mass repatriation of Somali refugees. Following the devastating al-Shabaab attack... MORE >
Development without Freedom
In April 2015 a conference organised by the Development Research Institute of New York University, with Bard College and the Rift Valley Institute, addressed urgent ethical questions... MORE >
Property and Freedom
Experiments in South Africa and around the world are combating poverty while expanding freedom by granting title to assets such as land and public housing. Building on the work of Dr.... MORE >
Screening of Life is Waiting: Referendum and resistance in Western Sahara by Iara Lee
Forty years after the end of Spanish colonisation gave Western Saharans hope for self rule, the country remains a disputed territory. While a UN-brokered ceasefire put an end to armed... MORE >
On 18 March, the Observatoire de l’Afrique hosted its first conference of 2015 on ‘The Political Economy of Regional Security Integration in Africa’. Security challenges in sub-Saharan... MORE >
Language Politics and the Politics of Language in Somaliland
On 21 February, International Mother Tongue Day, the Hargeysa Cultural Centre and the Redsea Cultural Foundation paid homage to the Somali language with a day-long seminar followed by an... MORE >

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