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 eastern and Central Africa: Sudan and South Sudan, the Great Lakes and the Horn of Africa. They offer a dawn-to-dusk programme of lectures, seminars, panel discussions and debates. Bringing together new research, fresh analysis, established and emerging experts, the courses consider current political and development challenges in their historical, social and economic context. The courses are designed for diplomats, development practitioners, researchers and the private sector—both those living and working in the region or those about to start. The 2017 field courses will be held in Entebbe, Uganda in June 2017. The fee for each course is USD4,250, payable in advance. If you would like to participate in an RVI field course, you can apply online now. Applications are considered in order of receipt. For more information please see this page.
Sudan and South Sudan Course
4-9 June 2017
The RVI Sudan and South Sudan course covers all areas of Sudan, South Sudan, and the borderlands between them. It analyses the causes of current conflicts in the Sudans and the prospects for resolution. The 2017 Course will be directed by Magdi el-Gizouli and Nicki Kindersley.
Great Lakes Course
11 – 16 June 2017
The Course examines current developments in Rwanda, Burundi and the DRC, the roots of conflict in the region and the challenges to institutional reform. The course is in English and French, with simultaneous translation. The 2017 Course will be directed by Jason Stearns and Yolande Bouka.
Horn of Africa Course
18 – 23 June 2017
The Horn of Africa Course examines the Somali-speaking lands, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti and northern Kenya. It explores the historical and contemporary features that make the Horn the world’s most crisis-ridden region. This year the Course will be directed by Laura Hammond and Terrence Lyons.