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After six days stationary in the Suez Canal, the Ever Given—a Panamanian-flagged container ship traveling from Malaysia to the Netherlands—was finally unstuck and able to continue its journey. While the name Ever Given will soon become a piece of trivia associated with a temporary blocking of one of the world’s most important waterways, the lessons that these events provide about…

2021-03-02

In the Horn of Africa there is a dynamic interplay between land and sea that has shaped political, economic and social relationships. Historical and contemporary instances of piracy in the Western Indian Ocean, at different times, precipitated a securitization of this maritime space and made visible the economic and political connections that tie sea to land. These events also reveal the many…

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2021-02-25

Diaspora humanitarianism is characterised by rapid mobilisation and engagement that is built upon social networks, affective motivations, informal delivery and accountability mechanisms. This has implications for how it fits into the broader international humanitarian system.

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2021-02-01

The Somalia Urbanization Review aims to improve our understanding of the complex issues pertaining to urbanization in Somalia and identifies priority interventions that can help better manage it. The Review draws on both technical and political economy analyses to provide a better understanding of a broader range of urban issues in Somalia, and craft recommendations that are better tailored to…

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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.

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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.

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2020-12-22

Warbixintan kooban waxay bixinaysaa muuqaalka guud ee nooca doorashada lagu heshiiyey, oo ay ku jiraan arrimo siyaasadeed oo la isku haysto, iyo khataraha halista ku ah daah-furnaanta iyo wadajirka geeddisocodka, iyo waliba talooyin ku aaddan sida wax looga qaban karo labadaba. Waxaa loogu talagalay in lagu taageero Soomaalida inay isugu yimaadaan wadahadal ku saabsan geeddi-socodka doorashada…

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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.