Research & Public Information

Field-based, action-oriented research is at the core of the RVI's work. The Institute is a leader in social investigation and analysis in areas including human security, political economy and community development. Research strands include electoral processes, land tenure systems, border communities and gender issues. In the realm of public information the Institute has developed an ongoing programme of policy discussion—the Nairobi Forum—and support for cultural centres and institutions of higher education in Somaliland, South Sudan and the DRC. The Institute’s websites provide a growing knowledge resource for the region.

The Impact of War on Somali Men
The Rift Valley Institute’s Impact of War on Somali Men (IWM) study is a project which fills a critical knowledge gap on the impact of war and state collapse on Somali men and manhood. It... MORE >
Support the Delivery of High‐Quality Research in the Somali Regions
A growing youth population, high levels of unemployment and limited opportunities for vocational training have led to a steady increase in the number of young Somali men and women seeking... MORE >
Women in Politics in Kenya
When Kenyans voted in favour of a new constitution in the 2010 referendum, they endorsed many considerable changes to the country’s political, legal and institutional landscape. This... MORE >
South Sudan Customary Authorities Project
The peace negotiations which preceded the current political transition process in South Sudan brought together the warring factions, former detainees, leaders of political parties, members... MORE >
Political Settlements Research Programme
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 >
Harlem-based Somali novelist Abdi Latif Ega, author of 'Guban'. Picture by Kate Stanworth
In 2008, the Redsea Cultural Foundation and Kayd, Somali diaspora organisations in Italy and the UK, joined ranks to establish the Hargeysa International Book Fair.  Now in its seventh year... MORE >
Rift Valley Forum
The Rift Valley Forum for Research, Policy and Local Knowledge, previously the Nairobi Forum, was established in 2012 to provide a new space for critical discussion of political, economic... MORE >
Usalama Project
The eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo has been mired in violence for two decades and continues to be plagued by dozens of armed groups.  Yet, these groups—and how they interact with... MORE >
Juba Lecture Series
Since 2010, the RVI has organized an annual series of public lectures at the University of Juba. These lectures are designed to promote public discussion of emerging political and cultural... MORE >
Contested Borderlands
The Contested Borderlands reports are authoritative studies of borders and border communities in Eastern and Central Africa, informed by historical archive work and anthropological field... MORE >
This project aimed to provide a baseline record and preliminary contextual analysis of “people-to-people” peace processes in Sudan. and contribute to a growing body of literature on... MORE >
Securing the Peace in Somaliland
The purpose of this study was to assess the impact of the 2010 presidential elections on peace and security in Somaliland and suggest areas where external assistance could be of value. The... MORE >

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