News from the RVI

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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
Tafari Wossen 1940-2016
Tafari Wossen, one of the founding Fellows of the Rift Valley Institute, died in Washington DC in June 2016, at the age of 76, after a long illness. A former civil servant, he was a veteran... MORE >
Change to location and deadline for applications
Due to operational reasons beyond RVI’s control, this year’s annual Field Courses will now be held in Entebbe, Uganda rather than Ethiopia. Entebbe was the location of the first Great Lakes... MORE >
In memoriam Said Mohamed Dahir
RVI is sad to announce the loss of our colleague Said Mohamed Dahir, who collapsed and died unexpectedly on 5 March 2016. Born in Hargeysa, Said’s childhood like many others of his... MORE >
Research capacity building in the Somali regions
The Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS) in the University of Hargeisa, the Centre for Postgraduate Studies, Research and Capacity Building (CPSRCD) in Puntland State University... MORE >
RVI annual Field Courses 2016 applications open
The Rift Valley Institute’s annual field courses will be held in East Africa in June and July 2016. Course applications are now open. Taught by teams of leading regional and international... MORE >
The eastern DRC is home to dozens of armed groups. Studying these groups and the way they affect local governance and conflict dynamics is challenging. How can we gather reliable data on... MORE >
Philip Winter to be Acting Executive Director of the RVI 2015-2016
Philip Winter, a founding Fellow of the RVI, will be Acting Executive Director of the Institute from October 2015 to June 2016. John Ryle, the RVI Executive Director, will be on leave... MORE >

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