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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

Rift Valley Institute

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Researcher
Enrico Ille

Rift Valley Institute

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Researcher
Nicki Kindersley

Rift Valley Institute

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Researcher
Jatin Dua

Rift Valley Institute

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Freddie Carver

Rift Valley Institute

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Edward Thomas

Rift Valley Institute

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Joseph Diing

Rift Valley Institute

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Mohamed Salah

Rift Valley Institute

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Sahra Ahmed Koshin

Rift Valley Institute

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Our research

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...

RESEARCH REPORT

23rd March 2022

This blog is the first in a series published by the Rift Valley Institute to help understand the causes of the drought-related crisis in the Somali re...

BRIEFING PAPER

7th February 2022

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

RESEARCH REPORT

12th January 2022

Mobility, opportunity and risk in Hargeisa, Somaliland.

BRIEFING PAPER

16th December 2021

This report considers what impact recent events may have on the Juba Peace Agreement and, more generally, peace and security in Sudan’s conflict affec...

BRIEFING PAPER

15th December 2021

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

RESEARCH REPORT

30th November 2021

Trade, Taxes and Tensions explores how cross-border trade affects both cooperation and conflict between the states and state-like entities in the Soma...

RESEARCH REPORT

24th November 2021

Contested Commerce examines how continuing political conflicts and the fragile security situation affect cross-border trade in the city of Galkayo, cl...

RESEARCH REPORT

3rd October 2021

Regularly Irregular focuses on the Gaashamo corridor—a series of small border crossings between Ethiopia and Somaliland—to analyze the everyday govern...

RESEARCH REPORT

1st October 2021

Lasanod: City at the Margins examines the economic and political consequences of this ambiguous borderland status, which has led to new forms of reven...

RESEARCH REPORT

14th September 2021

A conversation with Joseph Diing Majok in South Sudan on his scholarship-winning research under the XCEPT programme.

RESEARCH REPORT

16th August 2021

Unequal Adaptations considers how Little Ice Age (c1640-c1820) and the 1887 introduction of rinderpest can help us better understand the Horn of Afr...

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