Rift Valley Institute Field Courses 2013
The Rift Valley Institute’s three field courses, now in their tenth year, offer a unique opportunity to spend an intensive week with an outstanding group of experts and fellow participants, away from routine distractions. Taught by teams of leading regional and international specialists, the courses provide the basis for an understanding of current political and developmental challenges in Eastern and Central Africa. The innovative programme of seminars, lectures, group discussions and special events examines key environmental, political and cultural features of the three sub-regions, contextualizing contemporary problems. They are designed for policy-makers, diplomats, investors, development workers, researchers, activists and journalists––for new arrivals to the region and those already working there who wish to deepen their understanding.Sudan and South Sudan Course
Saturday 6 – Friday 12 July
The tenth RVI course on Sudan and South Sudan will be held in Jinja, Uganda, from 6 to 12 July 2013. The course will again be under the direction of Justin Willis of the University of Durham. Core teaching staff will include Magdi el-Gizouli of Freiburg University, Joanna Oyediran of the Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa, and Douglas Johnson, author of The Root Causes of Sudan’s Civil Wars. A course prospectus, containing further details on all three courses, is attached or can be downloaded here. Apply online here.
For further details of the format, syllabus and core teaching staff of the courses, please see the attached course prospectus, or download it here. Alternatively you can visit www.riftvalley.net/courses or write to [email protected]. You can apply online here or via www.riftvalley.net. The application deadline is 31 March 2013. Applications will be considered in order of receipt.
Week of Supporting Sudan: For Just Peace and Democracy
Cairo in 4/7/2012
Week of Supporting Sudan: For Just Peace and Democracy
Cairo: 7 - 11 July, 2012
The Arab Coalition for Darfur, and the Sudanese Group for Democracy First arrange week of solidarity with the peopleof Sudan on issues of just peace and democracy in Cairo, Egypt, from Saturday, July 7 to Wednesday, July 11, 2012.
The Schedule of the Sudan Issues Advocacy Week covers number of activities; among them a Cultural Festival Day and enlightening seminar entitled "Call from Land" at the Nation House Museum (Saad Zaghloul Cultural Center) in 2 Saad Zaghloul St., Saida Zainab, Cairo on July 8 from 2:30 pm to 11:00 pm. The day includes the presentation of a documentary film along with a photo gallery of victims of crimes against humanity and aerial bombardment from the government against citizens in the areas of Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan, Darfur and Abyei. In addition, the day will involve a concert with songs for peace and justice in Sudan. During the week, bilateral meetings will be held between the Sudanese delegation with officials of the Arab League, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry and a number of embassies of Arab countries concerned with Sudan issue in Egypt. It will cover open meetings with Egyptian and international civil society organizations operating within Egypt, along with interviews with media outlets, TV channels and regional and Egyptian newspapers. The Advocacy Week aims to highlight the humanitarian tragedy faced by civilians, displaced people, and refugees from areas of Southern Kardofan and Blue Nile, and to urge the Sudanese government to allow access of humanitarian agencies to about half a million affected people facing the danger of famine and the continuing aerial bombardment. They are in desperate need of water, food, medicine, and shelter.
Throughout the events of this Week, the Arab Coalition for Darfur and the Sudanese Group for Democracy First aim to break the silence and to draw the attention of the public opinion and officials in the Arab world of the dire Sudanese crisis which exceeds what is happening in the Arab countries in terms of the humanitarian and human rights aspects and the number of victims and the nature and the brutality of the crimes as well, in an effort to stimulate solidarity and assistance to the Sudanese people in their quest to change the crisis. The organizers also aim to re-introduce the crises of Sudan as overlapping and interrelated, and to highlight that the just peace, accountability and democracy cannot be achieved without integration and interdependence or without sacrifice and compromise any of them at the expense of the other.
The Sudan Advocacy Week is to take place with the participation of a number of intellectuals and civil society representatives from the Sudan, South Sudan, Egypt and a number of Arab countries. The activities of the Week includes the participation of a delegation of civil society and independent media leaders, such as Dr. Ahmed Abdel Rahman Saeed, former Parliamentarian and specialist in humanitarian issues and human rights in the Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan, and Mr. Haj Warraq, the political analyst and editor of Freedoms electronic newspaper, Ms. Amal Habbani, the writer, journalist and leader of the Initiative "No to Women Oppression" and Mr. Mohammed Abdullah Al-Dumah, the Minister and the former Parliamentarian and the Chairman of Darfur Lawyer Council, Mr. Yai Joseph, the journalist and the human rights defender of the state of South Sudan, and Mr. Abdel Monim Jack, the researcher in Social Sciences and Director of the Sudanese Group for Democracy First.
The organizing bodies will provide a detailed program of the activities of the Advocacy Week in the coming days.
For more information and for inquiries, see the website: www.acdarfur.net
International pressure on northern Sudan needed for democratic transition
(21 February 2011) More than a dozen civil society organizations called today on President Obama of the United States and Foreign Secretary Hague of the United Kingdom to press northern Sudan to undertake concrete legal and institutional reforms designed to ensure a smooth transition to democracy in the post-referendum north and south Sudan.
Read the letter to President Obama here
Read the letter to Foreign Secretary Hague here
Peace and Security Council should protect the right to a nationality in Sudan
(Addis Ababa, 28 January 2011) More than two dozen civil society organisations called today
on the AU’s Peace and Security Council to ensure that the rights of all Sudan’s existing
citizens to a nationality are fully protected following the probable secession of South Sudan.
The PSC has been following the implementation of the Sudan Comprehensive Peace
Agreement, which provided for the referendum on independence of South Sudan.
Read full press release here
Read submission to the PSC here