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Rift Valley Institute

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RVI field courses 2015

The Rift Valley Institute’s annual field courses will be held in East Africa in June and July 2015. Course applications are now open. Locations of courses will be confirmed in early 2015.


Taught by teams of leading regional and international specialists, the three courses—now in their twelfth year—provide the basis for an understanding of current political and developmental challenges in the Horn of Africa, the Great Lakes and the Sudans respectively. They offer a unique opportunity to spend a week engaged in intensive study with an outstanding group of experts and fellow participants, away from routine distractions. Further details of venues and teaching staff will be announced in the new year. See the RVI YouTube channel for videos from previous courses.

Horn of Africa Course, June 2015

The Horn Course covers Somalia, Somaliland, Puntland, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti and Northern Kenya. It examines the historical and contemporary features that make the Horn the world’s most crisis-ridden region. The 2015 course will take place from 13 to 19 June. The Director of Studies is Ken Menkhaus.

Great Lakes Course, June-July 2015

The Great Lakes Course will be held from 27 June to 3 July. The course examines current developments in Rwanda, Burundi and the DRC, the roots of conflict in the region and the challenges to institutional reform. The Director of Studies is Jason Stearns. The course is in English and French, with simultaneous translation.

Sudan and South Sudan Course, July 2015

The RVI Sudan and South Sudan Course covers all areas of Sudan, South Sudan, and the borderlands between them. It analyses the causes of current conflicts in the Sudans and the prospects for resolution. The course will be held from 11 to 17 July. The Director of Studies is Sharath Srinivasan.

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