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Applications open for RVI's Annual Field Courses 2019
In June and July, the Rift Valley Institute will hold the 2019 annual field courses in Ethiopia. Now in their sisteenth year, each course examines a different sub-region within eastern and... MORE >
RVI Annual Juba Lecture Series 2018
The Rift Valley Institute is pleased to announce the seventh Juba Lecture Series under the theme of ‘Everyday Economies: Historical Perspectives and Present-day Realities in South Sudan... MORE >
The Institute recently wrapped up its fifteenth year of annual field courses, which were held this year in May and June in Kenya. The one-week intensive courses covered an array of... MORE >
‘The Wisdom of Elders’—RVI at the Hargeysa International Book Fair
RVI attended the Hargeysa International Book Fair in Somaliland, showcasing work on customary authorities in South Sudan.  MORE >
This year in Sudan and South Sudan
​Civil war seems settled as a permanent feature of politics in both Sudan and South Sudan. State and parastatal armed actors, insurgents and armed groups of various sorts are a regularized... MORE >
Letter from Arua
When a South Sudanese chief died in Arua in 2017, the place for his burial became the source of discord—not between the host population and the refugees, but between the South Sudanese that... MORE >
Letter from Bentiu
Over the last hundred years, the most powerful authorities—along with formal government—amongst the western Nuer communities have been individuals known as prophets. In Nuer society, men,... MORE >
Africa's youngest country doesn’t have a museum yet in which to display its national archives; it would have to be built with the help of donors.  MORE >
Tarikh Tana (Our History) part 5: 1944 The functions of the leopard-skin chief
On Wednesday 29 November 2017, Eye Radio and the Rift Valley Institute aired the fifth and, for now, final radio show in the South Sudan National Archives radio series, in coordination with... MORE >
Letter from Pibor
The Chiefs’ High Court in Pibor town is located along the Pibor River, which—due to unusually high rains at levels not seen since 2012—had inundated the town, making the court an island... MORE >
Tarikh Tana (Our History) part 4: 1967 Appeal by the peace delegation to the Anya Nya
On Wednesday 22 November 2017, Eye Radio and the Rift Valley Institute aired the fourth radio show about the South Sudan National Archives, in coordination with the South Sudan Ministry of... MORE >
Uganda hosts by far the greatest number of South Sudanese refugees, but Sudan also hosts nearly half a million, Ethiopia more than 400,000, and Kenya over 100,000. In 2017 alone, the number... MORE >