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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 ninth course covering Sudan – and the first to cover the new nation of - was held in Athi River, Kenya from 26 May to 1 June. The course was under the direction of two of the co-editors of recently-published The Sudan Handbook (2012): Justin Willis, of the University of Durham, and Jok Madut Jok, of Loyola Marymount College, Los Angeles, currently seconded to the Ministry of Culture, Youth…

The second Great Lakes Course was held in Bujumbura, Burundi from 9 to 15 July. The course was directed by Jason Stearns of Yale University, author of the recent Dancing in the Glory of Monsters, and Ben Shepherd, former Great Lakes specialist at the UK Foreign Office. New teaching staff this year included Filip Reyntjens, Mvemba Dizolele, Koen Vlassenroot, Mathilde Muhindo, Pascale Kambale…

The fourth Horn of Africa course took place in Lamu, Kenya from 4 to 10 June 2011. The directors, Mark Bradbury and Ken Menkhaus, were joined by Sally Healy as Deputy Director of Studies. Lecturers new to the course included Christopher Clapham, Semhar Araia, Jatin Dua, Aklilu Amsalu and Laura Hammond. Lectures were held, as in previous years, at the Factory Arts Centre, with evening sessions…

The eighth Sudan Course was held in Rumbek from 25 to 31 May. The course was directed by Peter Woodward and John Ryle. New teaching staff included: Abduljabar Abdalla Fadul, Ahmed Abusin, Harry Verhoeven and Guma Kunda Komey. Lectures took place in Rumbek Senior Secondary School and the Palm Tree Hotel. Participants took part in the weekly school assembly, had a guided tour of the town and its…

The first RVI Great Lakes Course was held in July 2010 in the Imperial Golf View Hotel in Entebbe, Uganda. The Director of the Course was Philip Winter OBE, formerly Chief of Staff for the Inter-Congolese Dialogue and one of the founders of the Rift Valley Institute. The Director of Studies was Jason Stearns of Yale University, formerly Co-ordinator of the UN Group of Experts on the DRC. Among…

The seventh Sudan Course was held in Rumbek from the 12 to 18 June. The course was directed by Eddie Thomas and Cherry Leonardi. New teaching staff this year included: Alfred Lokuji, Munzoul Assal, Wendy James, Adam Azzain, Zeinab Badawi, Magdi el-Gizouli and Jérôme Tubiana. Lectures took place in Rumbek Senior Secondary School. Teaching continued outside the classroom with guided tours of the…

The Institute’s third Horn of Africa course took place in Lamu, Kenya, from 29 May to 4 June. The Course was directed by Mark Bradbury and Ken Menkhaus. A number of new lecturers taught on the course this year, including Shiferaw Bekele, Richard Reid, Meron Zeleke, Justin Willis, Dereje Feyissa, Daniel Varisco and Andrew Catley. Lectures were held in The Factory arts centre; evening sessions…

The second RVI Horn of Africa Course took place from 20 to 26 June 2009 in Lamu, Kenya. The Course was directed by Mark Bradbury and Ken Menkhaus. New teaching staff this year included Tobias Hagmann, Haroon Yusuf, Jason Mosely, Hussein Mahmoud, Sada Mire, Kjetil Tronvoll, Amina Soud and Nisar Majid. Lectures were held in Lamu Old Town; course participants stayed mainly in private residences…

The sixth RVI Sudan Course was held in Rumbek Senior Secondary School from 24 to 30 May 2009. The directors of the course were Eddie Thomas and Cherry Leonardi. New teaching staff this year included Akolda Tier, Omer Egemi, Mom Arou, Jago Salmon and Samia el-Nagar. Staff and students participated in classes with students from the school. There were guided tours of the town and a visit to the…

The first RVI Course Horn of Africa took place 11-17 October in Djibouti. The course is a high-level, intensive programme covering Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia, Somaliland and Puntland, directed by Mark Bradbury and Ken Menkhaus. The syllabus spans the history, culture, economics and politics of the region, from cave paintings and khat to national elections and international…