Past Events

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 >
South Sudan: Beyond the ceasefire
After fifteen months of civil war in South Sudan, regional and international mediators continue to broker talks for a permanent ceasefire and power-sharing arrangement acceptable to both... MORE >
Anthropology, Photography and the Field of Memory: Images from South Sudan
Patti Langton, a British anthropologist and documentary film-maker, lived in Sudan 1979-1980 with the Larim (or Boya) people, cattle pastoralists whose homeland lies near South Sudan’s... MORE >
Experiences of Somali Women in Civic and Political Engagement
In the decades since independence, many Somali women have actively sought to expand women’s political and civic participation in Somalia. From the Somali Women’s Democratic Organization... MORE >
Insurgency & Counter-Insurgency in Kenya book launch
On Monday 15 December 2014, the RVI Nairobi Forum hosted a discussion with Hannah Whittaker of Brunel University, author of Insurgency & Counter-Insurgency in Kenya: A Social History of... MORE >

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