Posts tagged ‘The Rift Valley Institute’
‘City of Thorns’ by Ben Rawlence in a literary conversation with John Sibi-Okumu
Date: September 8, 2016
Venue: Alliance Française terrace
Time: 6.30 pm
On 6 May 2016 the Kenya Government announced that it will shut down the Dadaab Refugee Camp by November 2016 and subsequently disbanded the Department of Refugee Affairs (DRA), all in effort to forcefully return Somali refugees back to Somalia. The Kenyan authorities claim that Dadaab has lost its humanitarian character and that it is used as a training ground for terrorist.
Amnesty International and the Rift Valley Institute have invited the British writer and former researcher for Human Rights Watch in the Horn of Africa, Ben Rawlence (author of River Congo and City of Thorns), to participate in a discussion on the closure of the Daadab Camp.
On this occasion, the Kenyan writer, actor and journalist, John Sibi-Okumu, will host Ben Rawlence in a literary conversation on his book ‘City of Thorns’ which interweaves the stories of nine individuals to show what life is like in the world’s largest refugee camp and sketches the wider political forces that keep the refugees trapped there.
Entrance is by prior registration only
On 9 February 2016, the Rift Valley Institute’s Rift Valley Forum will host a panel discussion launching the report of the study The Economics of Elections in Somaliland: The financing of political parties and candidates. After the November 2012 elections in Somaliland, candidates, political parties and political associations reported that spending on individual campaigns had sharply increased relative to spending in previous polls. Voters, politicians and parties expressed concern that the high cost of campaigning threatens the integrity of a fledgling electoral system. In response to these concerns, researchers working with the Rift Valley Institute conducted a study to examine sources of income and expenditures by candidates and political parties in Somaliland’s 2005 parliamentary and 2012 local council elections. The study’s findings have important implications for campaign finance regulation in Somaliland.
Moderator: Cedric Barnes, International Crisis Group
Panellists: Adan Abokor, Rift Valley Institute; Aly Verjee, Rift Valley Institute; Haroon Yusuf, Soradi and Amina Warsame, Network Against FGM In Somaliland
Somalia’s Puntland State: What Next?
Date: Friday 7 February 2014
Venue: BIEA Seminar Room, Laikipia Road, Kileleshwa
Time: 10am – 12pm
Entry: RSVP here
On 8 January 2014 the parliament of Puntland elected its fourth president since the semi-autonomous state of Somalia was created in 1998. In a closely contested election run-off, Abdiweli Mohamed Ali Gaas, a former Prime Minister of Somalia, beat incumbent President Abdirahman Sheikh Mohamed Farole by a one-vote margin.
The transition of power was peaceful, but the new president and his cabinet have to contend with a number of pressing challenges. These include competing clan interests, relations with the Federal Government of Somalia and with the secessionist state of Somaliland, as well as security, humanitarian and development issues. At this meeting of the Nairobi Forum, speakers will share their insights on Puntland’s future.
Confirmed speakers include Mohamed Jama Waldo of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD Centre), Dr Cedric Barnes of the International Crisis Group (ICG), Adam Jama Shirwa of the International Development Law Organisation (IDLO) and Safiya Abdullahi Yusuf of the Puntland Diaspora Forum.
Somalia CEWERU Conflict Assessment
Date: Thursday 7 November 2013
Venue: BIEA Seminar Room, Kileleshwa
Time: 10am – 12pm
Entrance is by prior registration only. Register here.
Panellists: Osman Moallim – Somalia CEWERU Country Coordinator, Ali Ahmed – Consultant, Paul Simkin – Conflict Dynamics International
The Somalia Conflict Early Response Unit is pleased to announce the launch of their conflict assessment of Gedo, Middle Juba, Lower Juba, and Lower Shabelle: From the Bottom up: Southern Regions – Perspectives through conflict analysis and key political actor’s mapping of Gedo, Middle Juba, Lower Juba, and Lower Shabelle.
The purpose of this conflict assessment was to improve understanding of the conflicts in southern Somalia, and to contribute to stabilization and better reconstruction, local governance and development assistance. The report identifies key conflict hot spots and issues and the views of key political actors. As regions in southern Somalia emerge from al Shabaab control old grievances and tensions may re-emerge. The report examines historical, current and potential future conflict. The report therefore provides vital information for any person or institution wishing to promote peace in these regions.
The meeting will also hear a short presentation on options for political accommodation within Somalia presented by Conflict Dynamics international.
Date: Friday 25 October 2013
Venue: The Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC), Safari Lounge – Ground Floor
Time: 9:30 am – 12pm
Entrance is by prior registration only. Register here
Chair: Jan-Petter Holtendahl, Royal Norwegian Embassy, Nairobi
Panellists: Ambassador Mahboub Maalim – Executive Secretary, IGAD, Ambassador Mohamed Ali – Somalia’s Ambassador to Kenya
The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) aims to promote peace, security, prosperity and economic integration in Eastern Africa. Since 2004, it has been active in supporting the re-establishment of a sovereign government in Somalia.
On 25 October 2013, the RVI Nairobi Forum is convening a distinguished panel of speakers to reflect on IGAD’s past and future role in Somalia. Ambassador Mahboub Maalim, the Executive Secretary of IGAD, will be the keynote speaker. He will be joined on the panel by Ambassador Mohamed Ali, Somalia’s Ambassador to Kenya. The meeting will be chaired by Jan-Petter Holtendahl, Counsellor for Somali Affairs for the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Nairobi.