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Letter from Isoke No 12: Church, government, school fees, rebels, full moon and stars
I’m back in Isoke, and writing in the dark. It’s been fifteen months since I was last here. I flew this time, from Juba, the capital of South Sudan, to Torit, in Eastern Equatoria. From... MORE >
How do so-called fragile states exercise and maintain political power? What actors and institutions are involved in this process? How do they distribute the spoils of power amongst the... MORE >
Congo Escalates Crackdown on Pro-Democracy Activists
KAMPALA, Uganda—Congolese government security agents arecracking down on pro-democracy activists and sympathetic U.S. diplomats, raising concerns about the intentions of President Joseph... MORE >
New website tracks LAPSSET and development in northern Kenya
The Lamu-South Sudan-Ethiopia Transport (LAPSSET) Corridor Project is a large-scale development initiative that affects communities across Northern Kenya and bordering countries. Yet those... MORE >
Uganda Signals Diplomatic Breakthrough With Sudan on Rebels
(Bloomberg) — Uganda vowed to expel Sudanese rebel leaders living in the country, signaling a potential thaw in relations between two African nations that in the past have accused each... MORE >
RVI Field Courses 2015: New lecturers and location announcement
The RVI annual field courses feature teaching teams composed of regional specialists drawn from the region itself and from Europe and America. The most recent additions include Laura... MORE >
Letter from Kapoeta: Fewer guns, more waterpoints
Last month I drove some 1,200km around the country of the Toposa and the Nyangatom, cattle pastoralists who live in the lands north and east of Kapoeta, in Eastern Equatoria, in one of the... MORE >
Redsea Cultural Foundation is delighted to host Shakespeare’s Globe for the performance of one of the greatest English language plays ever written – Shakespeare’s sublime story of treachery... MORE >
Congo protests expose weakness of Kabila's coalition
KINSHASA (Reuters) — Protests that blocked a reform which could have extended Congo President Joseph Kabila's rule have exposed deep rifts in his ruling coalition and galvanized opposition... MORE >
UN and DRC forces prepare for war
The clock is ticking down on the launch of a military operation in eastern DRC against a Rwandan-Hutu militia that has refused to surrender and disarm. United Nations troops with MONUSCO in... MORE >
South Sudan’s Experience at Peace Making
I was in Juba two weeks ago participating in the Rift Valley Institute’s annual series of lectures at Juba University, whose theme this year was historic... MORE >
Work for the RVI: Opportunities in London and Nairobi - application deadline December 2014
On 30 November the Rift Valley Institute announced a search for three new senior staff members, to be based in the London and Nairobi offices of the Institute. The RVI London office also... MORE >

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