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Rift Valley Institute

Making local knowledge work

The Rift Valley Institute’s three field courses, now in their tenth year, offer a unique opportunity to spend an intensive week with an outstanding group of experts and fellow participants, away from routine distractions. Taught by teams of leading regional and international specialists, the courses provide the basis for an understanding of current political and developmental challenges in three sub-regions: Sudan and South Sudan; the Horn of Africa; and the Great Lakes.


Participants and Teaching Staff

The courses are designed for policy-makers, diplomats, investors, development workers, researchers, activists and journalists––for new arrivals to the region and those already working there who wish to deepen their understanding.. Teachers on the three courses include internationally-known specialists, researchers and activists from Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Rwanda, Burundi and the DRC. Participants in RVI courses are eligible for three graduate course credits in the US university system.


An Immersive Programme

The innovative, dawn-to-dusk programme of seminars, lectures, group discussions and special events examines key environmental, political and cultural features of the three sub-regions, contextualizing contemporary problems. The residential nature of the courses ensures ample opportunity for informal exchange between participants and teaching staff. (Video clips and photo albums from previous courses can be seen in the media section.)



Those interested can apply here. The application deadline is 31 March 2013. Applications are considered in order of receipt. For other enquiries please contact us. Participants in the courses are eligible for three optional graduate-level credits in the US tertiary educational system. Location, staff, and other course arrangements may be subject to change.



The cost of each course is US $4,000. The fee covers tuition, special events, local transport, advance course literature, and seven nights’ full board and accommodation.


Flights and Visas

Flights to and from the course location are not included. For advice on flights and visas, please contact the Institute.