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RVI 2023 Horn of Africa Course | Dr Ken Menkhaus Interview

RVI’s 2023 Horn of Africa Course takes place from 23-28 July in Nairobi. This year, the course is focused on the theme of ‘New Stresses, Enduring Resilience? Ecology, Identity, and Governance in the Horn of Africa’. In recent years, the Horn of Africa region has faced severe challenges, including civil war, drought, the COVID-19 pandemic, […]

2023 THIS YEAR IN THE HORN OF AFRICA

This Year in the Horn of Africa: Latest Developments In Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Somaliland and Djibouti By Michael Woldermarian & Ken Menkhaus  This briefing was written by Micheal Woldemariam and Ken Menkhaus, the Co-Directors of Studies for the Rift Valley Institute’s Horn of Africa Field Course, which will be taking place in Kenya from 23 […]

2023 HORN OF AFRICA COURSE – Q&A

This Q&A explores the ecological crisis in the Horn of Africa, its impact on regional conflicts, changing foreign policies’ effects, shifts in donor priorities, and emerging strategies for refugees and internally displaced persons. It serves as a primer for topics that will be covered in more detail on the 2023 Horn of Africa course. Questions were […]

RVI’S RESIDENTIAL COURSES RESTART

By Liz Mahiri After a two-year hiatus caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, RVI held its first in-person residential course at the end of June 2022 in Naivasha, Kenya. The programme restarted with the popular Horn of Africa course, which focuses on the history, politics and culture of Somalia, Somaliland, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Djibouti. The course […]

2022 THIS YEAR IN THE HORN OF AFRICA

This briefing was written by Micheal Woldemariam and Peter Chonka, the Co-Directors of Studies for the Rift Valley Institute’s Horn of Africa Field Course, which will be taking place in Kenya from 27 June to 01 July 2022. Michael and Peter will be joined by a team of leading specialists to explore the contemporary complexities of […]

2022 HORN OF AFRICA COURSE Q&A

The 2022 Horn of Africa Course examines the Somali-speaking lands, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti and northern Kenya. It explores the historical and contemporary features that make the Horn one of the world’s most crisis-ridden regions. The Q&A brief provides a contextualised analysis of the regions main events as covered by the course. The course will be directed […]

Annual Field Courses

Lidet Tadesse Shiferaw

18 years • 11 countries • 36 courses • 1300 participants • 200 teachers The Rift Valley Institute’s Annual Field Courses offer a unique opportunity to spend an intensive week with an outstanding group of experts and fellow participants, away from routine distractions. Held annually in the summer, the courses are taught by teams of leading specialists and provide the basis […]

2019 THIS YEAR IN SUDAN AND SOUTH SUDAN

This blog post was written by Alden Young and Naomi Pendle, the Co-Directors of Studies for the Rift Valley Institute’s Sudan and South Sudan Course, which will be taking place in Ethiopia from 24-28 June 2019. Alden and Naomi will be joined by a team of leading specialists to explore the contemporary complexities of the region as […]

2019 THIS YEAR IN THE HORN OF AFRICA

This blog post was written by Michael Woldemariam and Jutta Bakonyi, the Co-Directors of Studies for the Rift Valley Institute’s Horn of Africa Course, which will be taking place in Ethiopia from 17-21 June 2019. Michael and Jutta will be joined by a team of leading specialists to explore the contemporary complexities of the region as well […]