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Rift Valley Institute

The Rift Valley Institute (RVI) is an independent, non-profit organisation, founded in Sudan in 2001, whose researchers currently work across eastern and central Africa. The institute’s aim is to advance useful knowledge of the region and its diverse communities, bringing a better understanding of local realities to bear on social and political action. The RVI works with institutions in the region to develop and implement long-term programmes that combine action-oriented research with education and public information.

On the XCEPT programme, RVI’s work is focused on the X-Border Local Research Network, particularly in Sudan, South Sudan and Somalia, as well as some of the countries that they border.

Our team

Project Manager
Anna Rowett

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Researcher
Edward Thomas

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Enrico Ille

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Freddie Carver

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Jatin Dua

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Joseph Diing

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Mohamed Salah

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Mustafe M. Abdi

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Nicki Kindersley

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Sahra Ahmed Koshin

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Our research

PODCAST

23rd January 2023

In this podcast The Asia Foundation, the Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center, the Rift Valley Institute, and their local research partners dis...

RESEARCH REPORT

16th December 2022

This study examines the history of labour migration and labour relations in present-day South Sudan’s Bahr el-Ghazal borderlands with Darfur and Kordo...

BRIEFING PAPER

16th November 2022

This briefing considers the changing political situation in Sudan with a particular focus on the future of the Juba Peace Agreement (JPA).

BRIEFING PAPER

15th November 2022

A complex and interrelated set of historical and communal grievances involving issues of identity, livelihood, and political exclusion are driving the...

BRIEFING PAPER

15th November 2022

Long-term conflict in the Two Areas, falling largely along ethnic lines, has caused deep-rooted grievances, in particular around governance.

RESEARCH REPORT

9th November 2022

As part of a wider attempt to increase export revenues amidst weak economic performance, Ethiopian authorities doubled the price of khat for exports t...

RESEARCH REPORT

1st November 2022

Focusing on the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, this report examines the historical origins of the Red Sea region’s structural food insecurit...

RESEARCH REPORT

26th October 2022

Addressing securitization in conflict zones in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia

RESEARCH REPORT

15th September 2022

When the military launched a coup against the civilian government in October 2021, some of the rebel leaders sided with the country’s generals, rather...

RESEARCH REPORT

29th July 2022

Joint bulletin from The Asia Foundation, Rift Valley Institute, and Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center about recent research and activities....

RESEARCH REPORT

14th July 2022

As part of the Cross-Border Conflict Evidence, Policy and Trends (XCEPT) program, the X-Border Local Research Network held a report launch event to ex...

RESEARCH REPORT

23rd June 2022

This report aims to amplify a grounded understanding of the everyday reality of communities in fragile border areas, and how conflict shapes their liv...

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