On 17 December 2020, the Rift Valley Institute in partnership with Heinrich Böll Foundation hosted the fourth webinar in its elections series to discuss these issues as well as security and the participation of women in electoral processes in Somalia.
On 20 January, the Rift Valley Institute launched a new book by former US diplomat, Elizabeth Shackelford, The Dissent Channel: American Diplomacy in a Dishonest Age. The book documents Shackelford's experience in South Sudan in 2013–14 and exposes the costs of a longstanding trend of impunity for injustice, and the role of the international community in enabling it.
On Wednesday 28 October 2020, the Rift Valley Institute, in partnership with the Heinrich Böll Foundation, hosted the third webinar in its elections series to discuss the upcoming elections in Uganda, which will be held in February 2021.
On Friday 7 August, the Rift Valley Forum hosted a launch of the book, Gender, Protests and Political Change in Africa, edited by Awino Okech. The book brings together conceptual debates on the impact of youth-hood and gender on state building in Africa. It offers contemporary and interdisciplinary analyses on the role of protests as an alternative route for citizens to challenge the…
On 15 July 2020, the Rift Valley Forum will host a webinar to discuss this issue of policing the pandemic and to explore alternative policy frameworks for the management of COVID-19.
On 14 May 2020, Dr Sahla Aroussi presented findings from her research, Strange bedfellows: Women, Peace and Security and Countering Violent Extremism in Kenya. The study examines the impact of linking women, peace and security with countering violent extremism on the ground in Kenya.
Four years ago, photographer and film director, Taye Balogun, set out to look into the status of arms control in the Horn of Africa. Balogun documented in words and images the role of young people in the trade of arms across the Horn. On 19 May 2020, the Rift Valley Forum, in partnership with The Carrot, hosted a webinar to discuss Balogun’s work and the status of peace and security in the…
On 6, 13 and 20 May 2020, the Rift Valley Forum, African Migration and Development Policy Centre (AMDPC) and Amnesty International will host a webinar series on Migration, movement and mobility in the era of COVID-19. The webinar series aims to unpack the issues arising from the responses to the pandemic on migration in Eastern and the Horn of Africa, tackling a number of questions and…
On 12 March, the Rift Valley Forum will host a presentation by Somali and South Sudanese researchers on their oral history work with Somali migrants, customary authorities in South Sudan and on the 1999 Wunlit Peace Conference, followed by a discussion on the future of oral history in an era of fractured states, global diasporas and expanding internet access.
The Ilemi Triangle is a cartographic curiosity where South Sudan, Kenya and Ethiopia meet. To date, there has been no demarcation of this colonial border in East Africa, let alone any agreed definition, and it is often referred to as ‘a dispute area’. On 10 March 2020, the Rift Valley Forum will host a panel discussion on the history and the attributes of the Ilemi Triangle.