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The Peace Research Facility (PRF) of the Rift Valley Institute is a multi-year project implemented by the Rift Valley Institute (RVI) in Ethiopia. Since 2022, PRF has been working in conflict analysis and peacebuilding in Ethiopia. With an objective…
The Research communities of practice (RCoP), a Carnegie Corporation-funded project of the Rift Valley Institute (RVI), aims to link scholarly research to real-world impact. The project, which builds on RVI’s long-term experience in building research capacity in our region…
The South Sudan Women’s Research Network Project (SSWRN) promotes local women’s voices in research development and heritage preservation. It does this through a capacity building and training project that aims to invest in and enhance civil society’s knowledge of…
The Somali Dialogue Platform (Wadahadalada Somaaliyeed) is a programme, implemented by the Rift Valley Institute, that works to facilitate agreement amongst Somalis on contentious political issues. It is supported by the FCDO, DANIDA, USAID and BUILD. The need Somalis recognize…
The Project The Sudan Open Archive (www.sudanarchive.net) offers free digital access to knowledge of all regions of Sudan and South Sudan. It is an expanding, word-searchable, full-text database of books, documents, scholarly resources and grey literature. The website is linked to the RVI’s…
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Based on extensive interviews with litigants, chiefs, and court officials, the project report Local Justice in Southern Sudan by Cherry Leonardi, Leben Moro, Martina Santschi and Deborah Isser (2010) argues that the role of the chiefs’ courts has evolved…
Aims of the Project This project aimed to provide a baseline record and preliminary contextual analysis of “people-to-people” peace processes in Sudan. and contribute to a growing body of literature on indigenous approaches to peacemaking in Africa. Background In…
  • Recent Publications

    ETHIOPIA CONFLICT TRENDS REPORT: AFAR REGION

    INTRODUCTION Situated in north-eastern Ethiopia, bordering the Tigray, Amhara, Oromia and Somali regions, Afar occupies a strategically important geographical position, which has become more apparent in recent years. This is increasingly counteracting its relatively small population size (around 2 million)

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    UNDERSTANDING THE FANO INSURGENCY IN ETHIOPIA’S AMHARA REGION

    The Fano insurgency in the Amhara region is currently one of the most serious security threats affecting Ethiopia. As well as causing widespread deadly violence—largely between the Fano, federal security and local government forces— affecting the region’s civilian population, it

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