Past Events

Ethiopia and the Ogaden: Prospects for Peace
At the launch of Tobias Hagmann’s new book Talking Peace in the Ogaden: The search for an end to conflict in the Somali Regional State in Ethiopia (published by the Rift Valley... MORE >
New State: Clean slate? Change And Continuity In South Sudanese State Formation
RVI Fellow Dr Cherry Leonardi delivered this year's BIEA British Academy Annual Lecture on the creation of the Republic of South Sudan. She discussed how the internal conflicts in South... MORE >
Talking Peace in the Ogaden
Since the 1990s, war in the Ogaden region of Ethiopia has claimed thousands of lives. The conflict between the Government of Ethiopia and the insurgent Ogaden National Liberation Front has... MORE >
Learning from the 2011 Famine in Somalia
In 2011, people in Somalia suffered a catastrophic famine. Since 2012, a group from the Feinstein Center at Tufts University and the Rift Valley Institute has been conducting retrospective... MORE >
Fourth Annual Juba University Lecture Series 2014
The fourth annual Juba University Rift Valley Institute lecture series took place on 22, 23 and 24 October, in the New Hall at Juba University.The 2014 series examined three historic peace... MORE >
Eastleigh and Beyond
While Kenya considers how to deal with the hundreds of thousands of Somali refugees it has hosted for more than two decades, Somali trade and business in Kenya appears to be booming, with... MORE >
War Crimes and Statebuilding
The Rift Valley Institute’s Nairobi Forum, in partnership with Storymoja Africa, hosted a panel discussion with Rasna Warah (Kenya), author of War Crimes in Somalia, and Michael... MORE >
Sudan Studies Society Annual Symposium
The annual general meeting of the Sudan Studies Society of the United Kingdom took place in London at the School of Oriental and African Studies on 13 September. The event was held in... MORE >
The seventh International Book Fair in Somaliland and the opening of the Hargeysa Cultural Centre
The Hargeysa International Book Fair, which took place in Somaliland’s capital over a week in August, has been an annual event for the past seven years, growing in size and regional... MORE >
Slavery in the Sudans: Human rights and local moral worlds
John Ryle, Executive Director of the Rift Valley Institute, spoke on 'Slavery in the Sudans: Human Rights and Local Moral Worlds' at a conference on The Arts of Human Rights sponsored by... MORE >
A debate on federalism at Juba University
More than seven hundred people attended a lecture on federalism at Juba University on Saturday 5 July. The lecture was delivered by Rift Valley Institute Fellow Douglas H. Johnson and... MORE >
Lake Turkana and development projects on the Lower Omo River
Development projects on the Lower Omo River in Ethiopia threaten to cause major ecological and social changes in Kenya’s Lake Turkana region. The Gibe III Dam—scheduled to start filling in... MORE >