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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

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.

Event

28th March 2023
This online XCEPT panel discussion assessed the differing impacts on the Horn of Africa and Syria of disruption of global commodities, such as grain, ...

Research report

23rd February 2023
In Sudan, the revolutionary upsurge of 2018/2019 signalled the implosion of the country’s postcolonial political order. This paper – part of a series ...

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...
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