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2023 Horn Of Africa Course

2023 Horn Of Africa Course

Applications are open for the 2023 Horn of Africa Residential Course 

The Horn of Africa Course examines the Somali-speaking lands, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti and northern Kenya. It explores the historical and contemporary features that have made the Horn the world’s most crisis-ridden region, the rich cultures of the peoples of the region and its huge potential.

The 2023 Course will be directed by Ken Menkhaus and Michael Woldemariam.

Dates: 23 - 28 July, 2023  Location: Kenya

New Stresses, Enduring Resilience? Ecology, Identity, and Governance in the Horn of Africa

The past few years have been an extraordinary stress test for the Horn of Africa. Fragile political settlements across the region have been strained to the breaking point by civil war, severe drought, COVID, ethnic and religious tensions, and escalating geopolitical conflicts from afar.  The resilience of households, communities, and states has been tested in every way.  The 2023 RVI Horn of Africa course, covering Ethiopia, Eritrea Somalia, Somaliland, and Djibouti, brings together top regional experts to help course participants examine the sources of crises in the region and the state and sources of societal resilience. In this intensive dawn to dusk five-day residential course in Kenya, special attention is accorded to the impact of climate change on production and society, old and new expressions of identity politics, and enduring challenges of governance across the region.     

The course will be held in a quiet environment and will offer a dawn-to-dusk programme of lectures, seminars, panel discussions and debates. Bringing together new research, fresh analysis, and established and emerging experts, the course will consider current political and development challenges in their historical, social and economic context.

RVI courses are designed for diplomats, development practitioners, researchers and the private sector—both those living and working in the region or those about to start. More information about the course will be released in the coming weeks and months.

 Check out the highlights of the syllabus and teaching list here


Residential Course Rate:
Cost: US$4,500
Includes: Full board accommodation (6 nights), course tuition, and airport transfers to and from the course venue.
Recommended for a more immersive learning experience.

Non-Residential Course Rate:
Cost: US$3,500
Includes: Course tuition, lunch, break snacks, and 2 airport transfers (upon arrival and departure) to course location.
Excludes accommodation and daily local transport to and from the course venue.
Suitable for applicants who prefer to arrange their own accommodation and transportation.

Apply for the 2023 Horn of Africa course here.

Applications are considered in order of receipt.

We will continue updating this page with more information in the coming weeks and months.

For more information on our field courses and testimonials, please see this page

What Alumni Say

‘There was an intelligent balance between leading indigenous and western thought.’ Geraint Jenner, British Peace Support Team, Horn of Africa 2015.

‘As someone who knew very little about the wider region, I thought the design was spot on – starting with the overviews and then getting into the detail…I wish I’d done the course last year. I will definitely recommend it to friends and colleagues.’ Kate Ferry, Adam Smith International, Horn of Africa Course 2015.

‘I dare say I have done nothing comparable in so comprehensive a package.’ Bob Snyder, Canadian International Development Agency, Horn of Africa Course 2013.