News from the RVI

The field course season in Eastern and Central Africa
More than forty specialists on Eastern and Central African history, politics, economics and culture taught on the RVI’s annual field courses this year. Journalists and activists joined... MORE >
Civil society, landownership, homicide and the rule of law in South Sudan
The South Sudan Law Society's publication, In Brief, covers critical issues in legal and constitutional development in South Sudan. An article in the inaugural issue by Victor... MORE >
Field Courses 2014
The RVI's 2014 annual field courses, now in their eleventh year, were held from May to July in Eastern and Central Africa. The Horn of Africa Course held in Kenya, from 31 May to 7 June... MORE >
Cultural festival in Somaliland
The annual Hargeysa International Book Fair took place in August 2013 in the Somaliland capital. The star attraction was the poet Mohamed Ibrahim Warsame, “Hadraawi”, now in his... MORE >
The attack on the Westgate shopping mall
Fellows and associates of the Institute responded in online and broadcast media to the attack by al-Shabaab on Nairobi's Westgate shopping mall. RVI trustee Lindsey Hilsum reported... MORE >
RVI course season winds up in Jinja, Uganda
June and July were months of intensive study for students on the Institute's annual field courses. The courses involved over 140 participants, thirty teachers, and an administrative... MORE >
South Sudan National Archives on Miraya FM
On 15 June 2013, Miraya FM in Juba broadcast a feature on the process of digitizing documents for the South Sudan National Archives. The project is a collaboration between the Ministry of... MORE >
My Mother Will Not Come to Juba: Report launch in South Sudan
In South Sudan, delays in the formulation of a new national constitution have led to growing public concern. My Mother Will Not Come to Juba: South Sudanese Debate the Constitution is the... MORE >
Nadifa Mohamed in conversation
On 21 June 2013, the Nairobi Forum and the Kwani Trust hosted Nadifa Mohamed, the Somali-British author, in conversation with Ellah Allfrey, Deputy Editor of Granta, which listed Nadifa... MORE >
The uneasy peace in Ituri
The seventh RVI Usalama report on armed movements in the DRC focusses on two groups operating in Ituri District, the FNI and the FRPI. The report, by Henning Tamm, analyses these two mainly... MORE >
Nuruddin Farah and Binyavanga Wainaina on video
Videos of Nuruddin Farah in conversation with Binyavanga Wainaina at the Nairobi Forum and tributes by the two writers to Chinua Achebe, are now on YouTube. An interview by Tom Odhiambo... MORE >
The Future of Humanitarian Action
In June the Nairobi Forum hosted a consultation on the future of humanitarian action in the Horn of Africa and East Africa with the Feinstein International Centre at Tufts University and... MORE >