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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.

Partner Researchers

Sudan Researcher
Mohamed Salah

Sudan Researcher, Rift Valley Institute

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Somalia Researcher
Sahra Ahmed Koshin

Somalia Researcher, Rift Valley Institute

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South Sudan Researcher
Joseph Diing

South Sudan Researcher, Rift Valley Institute

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Somalia and the Red Sea Region Researcher
Jatin Dua

Somalia and the Red Sea Region Researcher, Rift Valley Institute

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South Sudan Researcher
Freddie Carver

South Sudan Researcher, Rift Valley Institute

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South Sudan Researcher
Enrico Ille

South Sudan Researcher, Rift Valley Institute

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South Sudan Researcher
Nicki Kindersley

South Sudan Researcher, Rift Valley Institute

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South Sudan Researcher
Edward Thomas

South Sudan Researcher, Rift Valley Institute

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Project Manager
Anna Rowett

Project Manager, Rift Valley Institute

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Partner Content

BLOG

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...

RESEARCH REPORT

23rd June 2021

Joint bulletin from the X-Border Local Research Network about recent research and activities from The Asia Foundation, Rift Valley Institute, and Malc...

RESEARCH REPORT

30th April 2021

After six days stationary in the Suez Canal, the Ever Given was finally unstuck. While its name will soon become a piece of trivia about blocking one ...

RESEARCH REPORT

21st April 2021

This report focuses on the borderland region between Sudan and Ethiopia, using gold-mining and trade to examine transnational flows of people and comm...

RESEARCH REPORT

10th March 2021

RVI’s Magnus Taylor speaks with RVI researchers, Joseph Diing Majok and Nicki Kindersley, about their latest report, “Breaking Out of the Borderlands:...

RESEARCH REPORT

2nd March 2021

In the Horn of Africa there is a dynamic interplay between land and sea that has shaped political, economic and social relationships.

RESEARCH REPORT

13th January 2021

Displaced Tastes is a collaborative research project run by the Rift Valley Institute and the Catholic University of South Sudan as part of the X-Bord...

BRIEFING PAPER

11th December 2020

In February 2020 Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir, appointed Hussein Abdel Bagi—head of the South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA)—as one of his five ...

RESEARCH REPORT

4th November 2020

The study asks two core questions: First, how do residents in the borderlands of South Sudan seek survival, welfare and better lives in the economies ...

BRIEFING PAPER

22nd October 2020

To understand how grain is traded in South Sudan, and who by, Jovensia Uchalla examines the life stories of South Sudanese and foreign grain traders,...

BRIEFING PAPER

19th October 2020

A focus on recent research on local populations’ everyday experience of transnational connectedness in the Horn and the implications for the aid and d...

BRIEFING PAPER

19th October 2020

This is an interactive report on how individuals move and interact across borders and transnationally. The report summarises the outcomes of these di...

RESEARCH REPORT

7th October 2020

This report examines the history of epidemic disease in this region in order to shed light on the current COVID-19 pandemic and its likely course. R...

RESEARCH REPORT

23rd July 2020

As part of RVI’s ongoing project on the cross-border connections between Yemen and Somalia, the Institute’s partners at Puntland State University in G...

RESEARCH REPORT

22nd July 2020

This report is the second report in a series looking at the relationship between modern-day Puntland, a semi-autonomous region of north-east Somalia, ...

RESEARCH REPORT

6th July 2020

Aid providers in the Horn of Africa have always struggled to adapt their systems and models to the simple fact that people move from place to place. D...

RESEARCH REPORT

29th June 2020

South Sudan is one of the hungriest places on earth – this report explains how reliance on regional grain markets is shaping its international relatio...

BRIEFING PAPER

16th June 2020

An examination of how experiences of conflict, displacement and mobility have changed what people in South Sudan grow and eat.

BRIEFING PAPER

26th May 2020

National response to the virus has rapidly become a new factor in Sudan and South Sudan’s cross-border political economy.

BRIEFING PAPER

18th May 2020

The impact on the khat trade in particular is a good illustration of the economy’s regional and international connections, and the effects of anti-COV...

BRIEFING PAPER

29th April 2020

Coronavirus has caused import volumes into South Sudan to plummet by 50% – having profound effects on stressed food systems.

BRIEFING PAPER

21st April 2020

A story of preserving access to a valued variety of sorghum—ruath—by travelling into military occupied areas of Abyei.

BRIEFING PAPER

4th April 2020

Discussion of how the movement of people and tubers is connected to changing marriage practices and the organization of family wealth.

BRIEFING PAPER

2nd April 2020

This account shows how Dinka women deployed the social and material capital of seeds under their control to manage the wider transitions experienced d...

BRIEFING PAPER

23rd March 2020

This paper focuses on the impact that gold mining has had on labour relations in Blue Nile state.

BRIEFING PAPER

20th March 2020

Interview with Eddie Thomas on his report, ‘Cash, Commodification and Conflict in South Sudan.

RESEARCH REPORT

19th March 2020

Traditional modalities of the aid industry are not fit for purpose in a world where transnationalism is a daily reality for communities.

BRIEFING PAPER

1st March 2020

Hussein Abdel Bagi’s appointment as the third Vice-President of South Sudan is an important building block for the Transitional Government of National...

BRIEFING PAPER

20th February 2020

This paper explains the significance of bread and sorghum in the political changes Sudan seen in 2019.

BRIEFING PAPER

6th January 2020

This paper explained the diverse local organisational networks behind Sudan’s revolution and the attempts by the emerging political elites to co-opt n...

BRIEFING PAPER

7th December 2019

South Sudan’s borderland region with Sudan, in Northern Bahr el-Ghazal, is a hard place to make a living. Jobs are scarce, livelihoods insecure and mo...

RESEARCH REPORT

21st October 2019

This report outlines how the changing economy has affected social relations in the Northern Bahr el-Ghazal borderlands.

BRIEFING PAPER

1st October 2019

In September 2019, Sudan’s recently appointed Minister of Finance, Ibrahim Elbadawi, announced a nine-month economic reform programme. The government...

BRIEFING PAPER

1st September 2019

The impacts of South Sudan’s cross-border agreement with Khartoum.

BRIEFING PAPER

6th August 2019

Review of research carried out in Baargal on the eastern side of Cape Guardafui; Bareeda, on the north coast, and Xaabo.

BRIEFING PAPER

12th July 2019

Aid providers in the Horn of Africa have always struggled to adapt their systems and models to the simple fact that people move from place to place. D...

RESEARCH REPORT

26th June 2019

The report examines a frame of reference for understanding the fragmented and contingent futures that people in the borderland are navigating.

RESEARCH REPORT

17th June 2019

South Sudan’s subsistence system is being replaced by a market economy – this report looks at the consequences.

RESEARCH REPORT

5th June 2019

The aim of this study is to better understand the communal connections that exist between populations in northern Somalia and southern Yemen.

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