As part of a series of forums to mark RVI’s 20th anniversary, the Rift Valley Forum will host a webinar on 11 November to explore the environmental, economic, social and political consequences of climate change on countries and peoples of this region
This RVI Forum will discuss the current situation following the military coup, whether a military dictatorship is inevitable and the possible implications of it on domestic affairs and international support.
On 14th October 2021, the Rift Valley Institute in partnership with the Heinrich Boll Foundation and The Elephant will host its last elections series webinar to discuss lessons the region can learn from voting as a means of democratisation, as well as what needs to be done to secure a long-term democratic trajectory through elections.
On 16 March 2021, the Rift Valley Forum, in collaboration with the British Institute in Eastern Africa, will launch the book, Making and Breaking Peace in Sudan and South Sudan, authored by practitioners and scholars who examine the question of which and whose ideas of peace and peacemaking were pursued in the Sudans and how they fared.
In response to recent events in Ethiopia, notably the declining space for civil society and humanitarian actors to operate and limited media coverage of the Ethiopia conflict, on 1 December 2020, the Rift Valley Forum hosted a panel discussion to explore the role of regional bodies and civil society in managing and mitigating conflict.
On 30 September 2020, the Rift Valley Forum, in partnership with Heinrich Boll Foundation, hosted the second forum in the Elections Series on the 2020 elections in Tanzania.
On 16 September 2020, the Rift Valley Forum, in partnership with Heinrich Boll Foundation, hosted on online forum to explore the electoral atmosphere in the East and Horn of Africa region. The forum provided a critical space for the examination of contentious issues around elections scheduled for 2020 and 2021.
On 17 December 2020, the Rift Valley Institute in partnership with Heinrich Böll Foundation hosted the fourth webinar in its elections series to discuss these issues as well as security and the participation of women in electoral processes in Somalia.
On 20 January, the Rift Valley Institute launched a new book by former US diplomat, Elizabeth Shackelford, The Dissent Channel: American Diplomacy in a Dishonest Age. The book documents Shackelford's experience in South Sudan in 2013–14 and exposes the costs of a longstanding trend of impunity for injustice, and the role of the international community in enabling it.
On Wednesday 28 October 2020, the Rift Valley Institute, in partnership with the Heinrich Böll Foundation, hosted the third webinar in its elections series to discuss the upcoming elections in Uganda, which will be held in February 2021.