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Development and its Discontents: Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa, Nov. 17 2016 @ Rift Valley Institute

Date: November 17, 2016
Venue: Seminar Room, Rift Valley Institute
Location: Laikipia road, Kileleshwa
Time: 10am – 12pm
Entry: Prior registration, RSVP here

About
Over the past decade, African countries have experienced significant economic growth rates. Despite this, most face a myriad of developmental challenges, and public dissatisfaction with how governments are addressing corruption and delivering public services. There is a common perception that government is run for the benefit of the few, rather than all its citizens.

On Thursday 17 November 2016, the Rift Valley Forum will launch a new report by the Pew Research Centre that investigates public attitudes to social and economic development in Kenya, South Africa and Nigeria. Based on the annual Global Attitudes survey by the Centre, the study surveys opinions about the economy, government, corruption, perceived barriers to getting good jobs, access to clean water, health care and education, and civic participation.

Katie Simmons, the Associate Director of Research at the Pew Research Centre, will present the findings of this report.

November 16, 2016 at 4:21 pm Leave a comment

Discussion and Book Launch: The State of Democracy in Africa… and Kenya, Aug. 24 2016 @ BIEA

Nic Cheeseman at BIEA
Discussion and Book Launch with the Author of new publication, Democracy in Africa, Dr. Nic Cheeseman, Oxford University
Discussant – Dr. Godwin Murunga, University of Nairobi

Date: August 24, 2016
Venue: BIEA Seminar Room, Laikipia Road, Kileleshwa Nairobi
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

About
Dr. Nic Cheeseman will talk about the findings of his recent book, Democracy in Africa, and its implications for the prospects democracy in Africa and, more specifically, in Kenya. This book provides the first comprehensive overview of the history of democracy in Africa and explains why the continent’s democratic experiments have so often failed and how they could succeed. In it, Dr Cheeseman grapples with some of the most important questions facing Africa and democracy today, including whether international actors should try and promote democracy abroad, how to design political systems that manage ethnic diversity, and why democratic governments often make bad policy decisions.

Beginning in the colonial period with the introduction of multi-party elections and ending in 2013 with the collapse of democracy in Mali and South Sudan, the book describes the rise of authoritarian states in the 1970s; the attempts of trade unions and some religious groups to check the abuse of power in the 1980s; the remarkable return of multiparty politics in the 1990s; and finally, the tragic tendency for elections to exacerbate corruption and violence. Copies of the book will be on sale at the event at a discounted rate……

Read more here

August 17, 2016 at 6:54 pm Leave a comment

Seminar: A Sea of Suspicion – The Dhow Trade and Dispossession in the Western Indian Ocean, Aug. 9 2016 @BIEA

A sea of suspicion
Presentation by Nidhi Mahajan

Date: August 9, 2016
Venue: BIEA Seminar Room, Laikipia Road, Kileleshwa
Time: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

http://www.biea.ac.uk/event/a-sea-of-suspicion-the-dhow-trade-and-dispossession-in-the-western-indian-ocean/

August 1, 2016 at 6:56 pm Leave a comment

Seminar: Policing the Police in Kenya – Understanding State Authority from Within, Aug. 8 2016 @ BIEA Seminar Room

Policing the Police
Presentation by Dr. Tessa Diphoorn, Utrecht University

Date: August 8, 2016
Venue: BIEA Seminar Room, Laikipia Road, Kileleshwa
Time: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

http://www.biea.ac.uk/event/policing-the-police-in-kenya-understanding-state-authority-from-within/

August 1, 2016 at 3:33 pm Leave a comment

Exhibition: Turkana Through Time, Jul. 23 2016 @ BIEA Seminar Room

Turkana Through Time
Open to Public from 23rd of July 2016
Venue: BIEA Seminar Room, Laikipia Road, Kileleshwa

About
This exhibition by Samuel Derbyshire in collaboration with the Pit Rivers Museum, Oxford, showcases a selection of historical photographs taken in Turkana at various different times throughout the last century. Prints of these historical photographs were recently brought back to southern Turkana as part of a visual repatriation project, where they were used in interviews and group discussion sessions to explore the recent history of the region at various different locations.

The exhibition also encompasses photographs taken during this recent project, showing the historical photographs being discussed by the friends and relatives of the people they contain.

July 20, 2016 at 1:36 pm Leave a comment

Presentation: They Go Out To Be Seen – Recognition and Place-Making in Johannesburg Nightclubs, Jul. 19 2016 @ BIEA

They Go Out to be Seen
Presentation by Beth Vale:They Go Out To Be Seen – Recognition and Place-Making in Johannesburg Nightclubs

Date: 19 July 2016
Venue: BIEA Seminar Room, Laikipia Road, Kileleshwa
Time: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Urban studies have given increasing attention to the everyday life of cities – the daily activities that constitute and re-imagine urban space. Yet surprisingly little consideration has been given to their every night life: the spatial tactics and creative insurgencies of urban residents after dark. Where authors have attended to the nocturnal city, those focused on ‘pleasure’ have often negated the subtle politics of nigh-time play, embedded in expressions of identity, attachment and resistance.

This paper investigates Johannesburg nightclubs as sites of quotidian political activity, through which young people contest social space and their place in it, thereby contributing to the city’s affective and socio-political cartography…

Read more, here

July 16, 2016 at 5:04 pm Leave a comment

Famine in Somalia: A Rift Valley Forum Meeting, Mar. 22 2016 @ RVI Office – Kileleshwa

Launch of Famine in Somalia: Competing Imperatives, Collective Failures, 2011-12

Date: March 22, 2016
Venue: Rift Valley Institute Office, Seminar Room
Time: 2-4 pm
Entry: Prior Reservation, RSVP here

About
In 2011, the scale of famine taking grip in Somalia was just beginning to receive international attention. Although famine had been predicted almost a year earlier, it was not until July that famine was formally declared. Some 250,000 people died in the southern Somalia in the famine, which also displaced and destroyed the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of others, many of whom sought refuge in Kenya.

On Tuesday 22 March 2016, the Rift Valley Forum will host the Nairobi launch of Famine in Somalia: Competing Imperatives, Collective Failures, 2011-12. This new book by Dan Maxwell and Nisar Majid is based on extensive research in Somalia and the region. It examines the causes of the famine, the trade-offs between competing policy priorities that led to it, the collective failure in response, and how those affected by it attempted to protect themselves and their livelihoods. Its analysis of the humanitarian response, includes the role played by Turkey, the Middle East, and Islamic charities worldwide — actors that had not previously been particularly visible in Somalia.

Copies of the book will be on sale during the Forum.

More information on the book can be found here.

March 17, 2016 at 2:40 pm Leave a comment

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