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19-21 June 2024 Theme: Crises new and old? Conflict, climate and governance in the Great Lakes The Great Lakes region faces its most severe political crisis in over twenty years. While the UN peacekeeping mission withdraws from the DRC, protracted and newer violent conflicts in its East have drawn in armies from Burundi, Uganda and […]


This Q&A provides an overview of the topics to be covered during our Annual 2024 Great Lakes Course. This includes the political crisis in the Great Lakes region which focuses on conflict dynamics, governance issues, security sector reform, gender politics, and climate change. It also preempts participant questions pertaining to the course. The Great Lakes […]

Podcast: RCoP | Research Outputs | Hamdi Ali

The blue cconomy and climate resilience in Somaliland Explore the transformative potential of the blue economy in Somaliland with Hamdi Ali in this podcast episode. Hamdi articulates how integrating sustainable practices in fisheries, aquaculture, and maritime transportation is pivotal for mitigating climate impacts and enhancing both economic and environmental resilience. The discussion provides a deep […]

Podcast: RCoP | Research Outputs | Oricia Ngenyibungi

Urban-based refugee women’s perceptions of Climate change in Nairobi, Kenya. Explore the intricate dynamics of climate resilience in this podcast episode featuring Oricia Ngenyibungi, an early career researcher from the Democratic Republic of Congo. This episode focuses on the unique challenges faced by urban-based refugee women under the pressures of climate change. Oricia shares her […]

The nexus between climate change impacts and land conflicts in Saaxmaygaag, Puntland

In this blog, Abdirzak Mursal Mohamed examines the nexus between climate change impacts and land conflicts among pastoral communities in Saaxmaygaag, Puntland. By Abdirizak Mursal Mohamed Introduction This blog examines the nexus between climate change impacts and land conflicts among pastoral communities in the Saaxmaygaag area of Puntland, northeastern Somalia. With climate change, competition between communities—and countries—for scarce […]

Traditional narratives of South Sudanese on climate change

This blog explores traditional narratives of South Sudanese on climate change, their lived experiences, as well as perceptions on appropriate responses to the impacts of climate change. By Marlin John Serefino Introduction This blog is about traditionally oriented perceptions of climate change in Juba City, where most climate change narratives begin from a cultural perspective associated […]

Causes of intercommunal conflicts in Lakes State, South Sudan

In this blog, Maketh traces the roots of intercommunal conflicts in Lakes State, South Sudan to the legacies of war, dowry demands and climate change, and subsequently calls for reconciliation processes and skills training in order to mitigate the conflicts. By Maketh Deng Introduction Lakes State had a population of about 700,000 at the time […]


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Cyclone Sagar is arguably the most devastating climate-related crisis to have hit Somaliland in contemporary history. Dominant literature to date lays the emphasis on recurring droughts in the region, since drought is the most prevalent natural hazard. However, there is a need to draw scholarly attention to tropical cyclones—and specifically to Cyclone Sagar, […]

2024 Annual Courses

Applications are open for our annual  field courses. This year our three courses on the Great Lakes, the Horn of Africa, and Sudan and South Sudan will be held at a tranquil location in Kilifi in Kenya. Our three-day residential courses offer critical analysis on the current political, social and economic dynamics of these regions, taught by leading academics, […]