News from the RVI

Chinua Achebe commemorated at Bard College, NY
The life of the Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe (1930-2013) was celebrated on May 6 at Bard College, New York, where Achebe taught for many years. There were spoken tributes from Nigerian... MORE >
A War on Men?
On 29 and 30 April the Nairobi Forum hosted a workshop to discuss the impact of war, prolonged conflict, displacement and exile on Somali men and youth. The workshop, convened by Judith... MORE >
Pastoralism and Development in Africa
On 29 April 2013, the Hon. Mohamed Elmi (MP, Tarbaj) presented a paper at the Nairobi Forum on Lessons from the Ministry of Northern Kenya, reflecting on the work of his former ministry in... MORE >
Nuruddin Farah in conversation with Binyavanga Wainaina
On 18 April, the Nairobi Forum, in partnership with Kwani Trust, hosted an evening with renowned Somali author Nuruddin Farah. Nuruddin is winner of the Neustadt International Prize for... MORE >
OTJR debate on the UN Group of Experts
On 17 April 2013, Oxford Transitional Justice Research launched an online debate on the role of the UN Group of Experts (GoE) on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Opening... MORE >
Continuities and change in Somalia
The Nairobi Forum and the British Institute in Eastern Africa co-hosted the launch of a special Somalia edition of the Journal of Eastern African Studies on 19 April. The meeting, entitled... MORE >
Mogadishu: Images from the Past
Dozens of new images have been added to a website featuring more than 160 photographs, maps and drawings of Mogadishu, dating back to the late eighteenth century. Visitors to Mogadishu:... MORE >
Award for Hadraawi
The poet Maxamed Ibrahim Warsame 'Hadraawi', has been awarded the Prince Claus Award. The award was presented to Hadraawi at a ceremony in Hargeisa on 17 April by Joost Reintjes,... MORE >
RVI Usalama Project report on Raia Mutomboki
On 5 April 2013, RVI published the sixth in its series of Usalama Project reports on armed groups in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Raia Mutomboki: The Flawed Peace... MORE >
Textiles that talk
'Textiles that talk', an exhibition of kangas — East African fabrics incorporating Swahili proverbs — opens in mid-April in the RVI office at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson,... MORE >
French translations of Ituri and UPC reports
On 13 March 2013, RVI published French editions of the Usalama Project’s latest reports on armed groups in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). L’UPC en Ituri: la... MORE >
General Bosco Ntaganda © Radio Okapi
With fighting continuing between rival factions of the M23 rebel movement in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the RVI’s Usalama Project presents a profile of one of the... MORE >