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The conflict in South Sudan has entered its fourth year and the situation continues to deteriorate for many desperate civilians. There is an urgent need for the citizens of the East African... MORE >
The third phase of RVI’s South Sudan Customary Authorities Project, funded by the Swiss Cooperation Office in Juba, is now underway. The project aims to deepen understanding of customary... MORE >
Inside of the former Nyandarua County Assembly chambers
But there was an air of optimism. In the various focus groups both women and men agreed that the affirmative action led to more women in positions of power and decision-making, and it was... MORE >
On 23 March, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, speaking to the United Nations Security Council, declared: “There can be no real dialogue for as long as South Sudan is ravaged by... MORE >
Six years after a famine killed a quarter of a million people in Somalia, the country is threatened with another. Famines only occur if political decision-makers allow them to; it is... MORE >
Money and drought: Beyond the politico-security sustainability of elections in Somalia and Somaliland
Relative to previous polls, the November 2012 electoral process appeared to show a sharp increase in spending on individual electoral campaigns as reported by candidates, political parties... MORE >
Rift Valley Forum Coast Series
The prospect of devolved county government has been met with particular enthusiasm in Kenya’s former Coast province since the passage of the new constitution in 2010. Many see devolution as... MORE >
Community’s anxiety about LAPSSET fueled by lack of information
'We first heard about it early last year when we saw Japanese airplanes, followed by strangers (land surveyors) walking around the area, carrying notepads, pens and fancy equipment, just... MORE >
Annual Field Courses 2017 - Applications Open
In June, the Rift Valley Institute will return to Entebbe, Uganda, to hold the 2017 annual field courses. Now in their fourteenth year, each course examines a different sub-region within... MORE >
President Kenyatta’s disappointment and anger at the decision to sack Gen Johnson Ondieki for the failures of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (Unmiss) peacekeeping force is... MORE >
Peer Pressure Drives Somalis to Risk Europe Odyssey
Tahriib is an Arabic word that has gained prominence and popularity in the Somali language. In current parlance, young Somalis are said to be “going on tahriib” when they embark on the... MORE >
The RVI Board of Trustees announced today that the Executive Director of the Rift Valley Institute, John Ryle, will step down at the end of 2016 after fifteen years as head of the... MORE >

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