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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 >
Halista Tahriibka iyo Qisada Maxamed X. Geeldoon
Maxamed Xuseen Geeldoon waa 27 sano jir, dhowr jeer isku dayey inuu u tahriibo Yurub balse ku guuldarraystay. Dhibaato, rafaad badan iyo sannado badan oo ka lumay cimirigiisa ka dib, waxaa... MORE >
Fighting between competing factions of South Sudan’s government in its capital left the world’s youngest country teetering on Saturday, the fifth anniversary of its independence. The... MORE >
Vue sur le village de Lukaraba, Waloaluanda dans le territoire de Walikale
Le groupement Waloaluanda est situé dans le secteur de Wanianga, en territoire de Walikale (Nord-Kivu). Majoritairement peuplé des Batembo, ce groupement est parmi les plus enclavés de... 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 >
Customary power struggles in the Kivus: Looking beyond the local
In 1977, following allegations of poor leadership and disloyalty towards the Mobutist regime, the then mwami, Simba Nyamugira Henri, laid down his administrative functions, which... MORE >
This year in South Sudan (Part 2)
In the parallel universe that has become South Sudan, negotiations between the government and the political and armed opposition groups have been just as problematic as Sudan’s internal... MORE >
A woman casts her vote at a polling station in a camp for Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) in North Darfur on April 11, 2016, AFP.
In 2015, Sudan experienced a further escalation of wars, associated with gross human rights violations in Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile. Despite numerous rounds of peace negotiations... MORE >
This year in the Horn of Africa
In Ethiopia, elections in May 2015 resulted in victory for the ruling Ethiopian Peoples Democratic Front (EPRDF) with 100 percent of the seats in parliament. While met with incredulity... MORE >
This year in the Great Lakes
Electoral season has hit the Great Lakes region and has brought with it an increase in contentious politics, open conflict and uncertainty. Last year, a violent crisis gripped Burundi after... 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 >
Recrutement des miliciens en période pré-électorale : le cas des ‘Raïa Mutomboki’ à Bunyakiri
In the course of 2015, recruitment for certain factions of the Raia Mutomboki armed group intensified in the area of Bunyakiri, located in Kalehe territory in the province of South Kivu (... MORE >

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