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 research capacity building, convenes research communities of practice in conflict-affected countries in East and Central Africa, supports the professional…

The RVI Sudan Elections Project is a short-term study on the history of elections in Sudan—particularly the 2010 and 2015 elections.

مشروع انتخابات السودان التابع لـمعهد الاخدود الافريقي عبارة عن دراسة قصيرة المدى حول تاريخ الانتخابات في السودان - لا سيما انتخابات ٢٠١٠ و٢٠١٥




Community Approaches to Epidemic Management

The research project seeks to understand how COVID-19 fits within local knowledge of disease and infection risks, and how communities are approaching COVID-19 alongside other endemic infectious illnesses.

Somali Dialogue Platform

The Somali Dialogue Platform is a programme, implemented by the Rift Valley Institute and FDG-Synergy, that works to facilitate agreement amongst Somalis on contentious political issues. It is supported by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development.

Harlem-based Somali novelist Abdi Latif Ega, author of 'Guban'. Picture by Kate Stanworth

In 2008, the Redsea Cultural Foundation and Kayd, Somali diaspora organisations in Italy and the UK, joined ranks to establish the Hargeysa International Book Fair. Now in its fourteenth year, the Fair has grown to become one of the largest literary festivals in East Africa. The aim of its founders, Jama Musse Jama and Ayan Ashour, has been to stimulate the revival of art and human expression…

South Sudan Diaspora Impacts

The Rift Valley Institute, with support from Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade through the Austrialian Embassy in Addis Ababa, is currently working with a group of researchers and scholars from the University of Juba, South Sudan, and Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, to explore the relationship between Australian South Sudanese communities and their friends and…

National Archive of South Sudan

The South Sudan National Archive Project is a multiphase project for the conservation, reordering, cataloguing and digitization of the historical government records of South Sudan, implemented in collaboration with the Archive Department of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport. The project is designed to safeguard the contents of the Archive and make them more widely accessible to the…

South Sudan Customary Authorities Project

The peace negotiations which preceded the current political transition process in South Sudan brought together the warring factions, former detainees, leaders of political parties, members of the wider South Sudanese political class and representatives of the churches and civil society. However, largely absent from this process were customary authorities—variously referred to as chiefs, kings…

X-Border Local Research Network

Beginning in March 2018, the X-Border Local Research Network is a research consortium aimed at developing a better understanding of the causes and implications of conflict in the border areas of north-east Africa, the Middle East and Asia. This project is part of a broader FCDO programme, X (Cross) Border Conflict – Evidence, Policy and Trends (XCEPT).