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RVI’s field-based education and training courses aim to inform key constituencies working in eastern and central Africa about the people and communities in the countries where they work. The education programme includes the Annual Field Courses on Sudan and South Sudan, the Horn of Africa, and the Great Lakes, and bespoke courses tailored for a variety of international organizations. 

More information on the 2022 Horn of Africa Course is available here and the 2022 Sudan and South Sudan Course here

Panelists on RVI's Horn of Africa Course
Panelists on RVI's Horn of Africa Course

RVI’s first field course took place in 2004 in Kenya. Since then, the three annual courses have taken place in Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, southern Sudan and Uganda, while bespoke courses have taken place in more than 15 countries in Africa and in the UK. ‘I dare say I have done nothing comparable in so comprehensive a package.’

Bob Snyder, Canadian International Development Agency, Horn of Africa Course.

 

RVI courses are tailored to the needs of the organizations who participate and are taught be leading experts and practitioners in the fields of political science, economics, anthropology, history, security, development, humanitarianism, policymaking, media and activism. RVIcourses utilize multiple teaching formats including lectures, panel discussion, working groups, interviews and video presentations.

ANNUAL COURSES BESPOKE COURSES

Yolande Bouka and Assumpta Migiraneza discuss reconciliation in Rwanda on the Great Lakes Course
Yolande Bouka and Assumpta Migiraneza discuss reconciliation in Rwanda on the Great Lakes Course

 

The Great Lakes Course covered the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Rwanda and Burundi. The state and its institutions were cross-cutting themes this year. In the DRC, the Course looked into the debates around the electoral process and the ongoing violence in the Kivus. For Burundi, the shrinking political space ahead of the 2015 elections and its impact on democratic processes were…

The Horn of Africa Course covered Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia, Somaliland, Puntland, and Northern Kenya. The 2015 course offered a multi-disciplinary examination of the crises afflicting the Horn and explored continuity and change under new political leadership at the national and sub-national level across the region.

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The RVI’s 2015 annual field courses began in June in Naivasha, Kenya, in the heart of the Great African Rift Valley. The courses, now in their twelfth year, started with the Horn of Africa Course, which took place from 13 June to 19 June. The Great Lakes Course takes place from 27 June to 3 July, and the Sudan and South Sudan Course from 11 July to 17 July. 

RVI courses are intensive,…

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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 Hammond and Berouk Mesfin on the Horn of Africa course, Judith Verweijen and Jean Omasombo on the Great Lakes Course and Aly Verjee and Nada Mustafa Ali on the Sudan and South Sudan Course. The field courses take…

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The Rift Valley Institute’s three field courses offer a unique opportunity to spend an intensive week with an outstanding group of experts and fellow participants, away from routine distractions. Held annually in the summer, the courses are taught by teams of leading regional and international specialists, the courses provide the basis for an understanding of current political and…

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The Rift Valley Institute’s annual field courses will be held in East Africa in June and July 2015. Course applications are now open. Please apply online here. Locations of courses will be confirmed in early 2015. Taught by teams of leading regional and international specialists, the three courses—now in their twelfth year—provide the basis for an understanding of current political and…

Michael Woldemariam and Terrence Lyons discuss the history and future of Eritrea on the 2014 Horn of Africa Course.

Nimo-llhan Ali and Rashid Abdi discuss migration, the meaning of tahriib, and the challenges faced by returning youth in Somaliland and diaspora. The discussion took place on the 2014 Horn of Africa Course.

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More than forty specialists on Eastern and Central African history, politics, economics and culture taught on the RVI’s annual field courses this year. Journalists and activists joined academics, humanitarians, and policy-makers for three intensive one-week events covering the Horn of Africa, the Sudans, and the Great Lakes. The courses took place in Kenya and Burundi between May and July. The…

The Great Lakes Course Course, held in Burundi from 28 June to 4 July, covered Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The Director of Studies was Jason Stearns. The 2014 course examined the ongoing violence in the Kivus in the wake of the defeat of the M23 rebel group, and the prospects of institutional reform in the DRC as the country prepares for local elections. In…