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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

Video

15th July 2024
Researchers working in borderland regions of Asia, the Middle East and Africa share their experiences and approaches to conducting fieldwork.

Event

29th April 2024
Researchers from across the Local Research Network gathered in Bangkok for a workshop hosted by The Asia Foundation.

Event report

15th July 2024
Researchers from across the Local Research Network gathered in Bangkok for a workshop hosted by The Asia Foundation.

Research report

19th April 2024
A new report by Rift Valley Institute explores the impact of the devastating war in Sudan on the country’s neighbours.

Podcast

9th April 2024
Global trade and the transnational flow of people and goods can be negatively impacted by surging tensions or violence in fragile border regions. In t...

Research report

31st October 2023
Checkpoints have implications for different forms of trade that exist in Jubaland state and between Jubaland and Kenya. This report explores the polit...

Research report

31st October 2023
This report explores the political economy of checkpoints in Somalia: What drives their formation? What impacts do they have on trade, society and pol...

Research report

31st October 2023
The Baidoa corridor is a transport and trade route that connects Somalia’s coastal capital, Mogadishu, to Kenya via the border towns of Bula Hawa and ...

Podcast

1st September 2023
How does the global push for aid localisation apply to the research sector? In this podcast, The Asia Foundation, the Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle ...

Briefing paper

15th June 2023
This paper focuses on the potential for a regionalization of the conflict between the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), inc...

Briefing paper

10th May 2023
This paper explores the origins and the political and military objectives of the two main internal actors in Sudan’s ongoing conflict – the Sudanese A...

Research report

29th March 2023
This report explores how marginalised borderland communities in Sudan and Ethiopia are using regional inter-state tensions to negotiate support.
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