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Somaliland reported its first case of Covid-19 in March, yet financial support from the international community and the diaspora has been largely absent. When diaspora assistance has been mobilized, it has been through less traditional mechanisms: younger, educated activists using online platforms.

This blog reflects on archival research into the construction of the grave of King Gbudwe in Yambio, carried out in the South Sudan National Archives. This is supplemented with recent photographs of the grave in Yambio, shared with me by Atem el-Fatih. Also included is some more recent (but very limited) information about the role of grave in…

Since the 1950s, veterinary medics have had to navigate the difficult terrain of South Sudan to access and build trust with pastoralists and local communities who have previously relied on local veterinary knowledge. The National Archives of South Sudan in Juba records these early efforts to build veterinary services across the country, and…

Iyadoo qeyb ka ah mashruuca Machadka Dooxada Rift ee ku saabsan xiriirrada xuduudaha ee u dhexeeya Soomaaliya iyo Yemen cilmibaarayaasha la shaqeeya machadka oo katirsan Jaamada Puntland State oo ku taalla magaalada Garowe, ayaa la hadlay Yemeniyiin ku nool magaalooyinka Bosaaso iyo Garowe ee Puntland si ay uga sheekeeyaan noloshooda.

COVID-19 is spreading in countries that are very different to the global north, countries with long histories of protracted disasters, and fragile public services. This will influence the way in which people will respond. In this context, RVI’s mission to advance relevant knowledge of the region and its communities, and to elevate local voices…

As part of RVI’s ongoing project on the cross-border connections between Yemen and Somalia, the Institute’s partners at Puntland State University in Garowe spoke to Yemenis living in Bosaso and Garowe in Puntland, to discuss their lives there.

The Rift Valley Institute (RVI) is pleased to receive a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. The grant will support early career African researchers to develop their skills in applied research and to develop research communities of practice around critical peacebuilding issues in East and Central Africa.

This blog presents the story of Thiek, originally the Aweil area of Northern Bahr el-Ghazal, who now lives in Juba. Now one of the domino-playing casual workers and hawkers of Juba city, Thiek’s experience stringing economic life and learning together is a way to understand young men’s livelihoods in the time of coronavirus.

This piece will look at how a group of young people are faring, all of whom are Catholic University of South Sudan graduates and are currently working on internships with RVI in partnership with the Ministry of Culture, Museums and National Heritage on the digitization of the South Sudan National Archives, supported by the Norwegian Government…

Aid providers in the Horn of Africa have always struggled to adapt their systems and models to the simple fact that people move from place to place. Delivering aid in remote areas normally involves establishing long supply chains that rely on populations being in places where they can be relatively easily 'accessed’. The refugee and IDP camps…