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Rift Valley Institute

Making local knowledge work

The East Africa region usually comprises Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Somalia (Somalia is included under the Horn of Africa programme). RVI’s operational headquarters is in Nairobi, Kenya. Prior to this, Nairobi was the location of the Institute’s regional office for East Africa. In 2012, the Institute established the Rift Valley Forum for Research, Policy and Local Knowledge, previously the Nairobi Forum, to promote critical discussion of political, economic, and social issues in the wider region. The Forum organises debates, seminars, lectures and book launches in Nairobi and online, bringing together researchers, policy makers, activists and representatives of affected communities. RVI training courses have been held at various locations in Kenya and Uganda, including Lamu, Kilifi, Lukenya, Nairobi, Jinja and Entebbe. The Research Communities of Practice project, which builds research capacity in the region working with and mentoring early career researchers, is run from RVI’s offices in Nairobi.