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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 >
Can Archivists Save the World’s Newest Nation?
Like many of his generation, Becu Thomas fled southern Sudan as a teenager in the 1990s. He grew up in a refugee camp in Uganda, then returned home in 2005 and got a job with the Ministry... MORE >
Carrada ayaan dhunkannay waa sheeko ku saabsan dhibaatada tahriibka
Maxamed Xuseen Geeldoon, waa nin da' yar oo soo maray tahriib halis ah oo uu dhulka saxaraha kaga gudbay oo gaadhay Libya. Doon ayaa la qalibmi gaartay, wuu silcay oo wuu rafaaday, ka dibna... MORE >
The Shading Tree Fund—scholarships for Eastern and Central Africa
The RVI scholarship fund is relaunched this month as the RVI Shading Tree Fund. This follows a generous donation from the family of Ranald Boyle, a former District Commissioner in South... MORE >
Halista Tahriibka iyo Qisada Maxamed X. Geeldoon
Maxamed Xuseen Geeldoon waa 27 sano jir, dhowr jeer isku dayey inuu u tahriibo Yurub balse ku guuldarraystay. Dhibaato, rafaad badan iyo sannado badan oo ka lumay cimirigiisa ka dib, waxaa... MORE >
Fighting between competing factions of South Sudan’s government in its capital left the world’s youngest country teetering on Saturday, the fifth anniversary of its independence. The... MORE >

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