Past Events

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 >
Great Lakes Course 2014
The Great Lakes Course Course, held in Burundi from 28 June to 4 July, covered Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The Director of Studies was Jason Stearns.... MORE >
The killings in Mpeketoni on 15 and 16 June are the latest in a series of violent events that are challenging the security of Kenya and the East Africa region more broadly. The words '... MORE >
Sudan and South Sudan Course 2014
The Sudan and South Sudan Course, under the direction of Sharath Srinivasan, was held in Kenya, from 14 to 20 June. New rebellions and ongoing civil war in both the Sudans have put social... MORE >
LAPSSET: Good for Lamu? Good for the Horn?
On Thursday 5 June the Rift Valley Institute sponsored a public event in partnership with the National Museums of Kenya in Lamu Fort: ‘LAPSSET: Good for Lamu? Good for the Horn?’ Four... MORE >
Horn of Africa Course 2014
The 2014 Horn of Africa Course, held in Kenya from 31 May to 6 June, covered Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia, Somaliland, Puntland, and northern Kenya. The course offered a multi-... MORE >
Challenges of inclusivity and equality in Somalia
On Monday 10 March, the Office of the European Union Commission for Somalia, IIDA Women’s Development Organization and the Nairobi Forum of the Rift Valley Institute convened a panel... MORE >
On Friday 4 April 2014 the Somali Red Crescent and the British Red Cross launched their case study “Principles in Action in Somalia” at an event hosted by the Nairobi Forum. The study... MORE >
Regional Conference: Stabilisation in Eastern and Central Africa
On 12 and 13 March, the Rift Valley Institute (RVI) and University of Gothenburg co-convened a regional conference on stabilisation at the Kenya School of Government in Nairobi. The... MORE >