Shading Tree Fund, for field course scholarships, Rift Valley Institute

Something to keep an eye out for… 

The Shading Tree Fund—scholarships for Eastern and Central Africa
30 SEPTEMBER 2016

The RVI scholarship fund is relaunched this month as the RVI Shading Tree Fund. This follows a generous donation from the family of Ranald Boyle, a former District Commissioner in South Sudan.

Since the Institute was founded, the scholarship fund has enabled young scholars and activists from Eastern and Central Africa to participate in RVI annual field courses and attend classes at universities in the region. Over thirty such scholars have participated in the Sudan and South Sudan Course, the Horn of Africa Course or the Great Lakes Course.

Some former scholarship students have gone on to teach on RVI courses, and many have achieved success in their respective fields in academia, civil society and the media.

One student wrote: ‘I feel privileged to have participated in the RVI Horn of Africa Course. I benefited from the program in many ways. It helped me understand the sub-region as I pursue my own research and provided the opportunity for personal interaction with distinguished professors.

To date, RVI scholarships have been funded through a combination of grants, gifts, income from hard-copy sales of Institute publications and RVI’s own funds.

The fund recently received a donation from the Shading Tree Trust, established by the family of Ranald Boyle in memory of his lifelong commitment to southern Sudan, where he worked as a District Commissioner in the 1940s and 1950s. Taking its name from the translation of Ranald Boyle’s Dinka cattle name, Timatiep, the Shading Tree provided funds to support a range of projects in Bahr el-Ghazal.

In recognition of this donation the RVI scholarship programme has been renamed the Shading Tree Fund. The new fund will provide educational support to students and activists from all the regions where RVI works, including South Sudan, and will continue to raise further funds for this purpose.

Kenya Elections 2017 course, Rift Valley Institute (very not free)

Kenya Elections 2017 courseNairobi22–23 FebruaryRift Valley Institute
APPLY HERE (USD $1700 per person — 176,000 KES)

Syllabus and teachers confirmed

The final syllabus and teachers for the RVI Kenya Elections 2017 course are now confirmed. From 22–23 February, RVI will host this new, customized training course focused on the upcoming Kenyan elections. Designed and taught by leading Kenyan and international experts, the course will outline and unpack the complex electoral processes and political context for Kenya’s second post-devolution election set for August 2017. The course is designed for practitioners and policy makers. It will discuss the ways in which donors, civil society and the business community can best engage with the electoral process, and evaluate the kind of supportive interventions available to domestic and international actors, and the likely impacts these might have.

Teaching staff

  • Nic Cheeseman, Professor of Democracy and International Development, Birmingham University
  • Denis Galava, Visiting Research Fellow, Kings College London, formerly Managing Editor at the Daily Nation
  • Karuti Kanyinga, Professor, Institute for Development Studies, University of Nairobi
  • Gabrielle Lynch, Associate Professor of Comparative Politics, University of Warwick
  • Mutuma Ruteere, Director, Centre for Human Rights and Policy Studies (CHRIPS), UN Special Rapporteur, Racism and Xenophobia.
  • Justin Willis, Professor of History, Durham University

How to apply

To reserve a place on the course, please complete the online application form before 1 February 2017. The course fee is USD1,700 per person, and comprises lunch and refreshments, and additional learning resources that participants will receive in advance of and during the course. Accommodation, travel and visas are not included in the fee. The venue location in Nairobi will be shared with confirmed participants only. APPLY HERE

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Call for Junior Researchers: Strengthening leadership & influence of women in politics (Rift Valley Institute)

Call for Junior Researchers: Strengthening the leadership and influence of women in politics in Kenya

Application deadline 25 September

The Rift Valley Institute seeks 3 current or recent MA, MSc, or PhD graduates to
conduct 11 weeks of field research from 10 October to 23 December 2016.

Project leaders are a team of Kenyan and US academics and activists working on
a research project funded by the East Africa Research Fund (EARF) on behalf of
the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DfID). The main objective of the study is to map the representation of women in the Government of Kenya following the enactment of the 2010 Constitution and introduction of the two third gender rule; and test the hypothesis that increased representation of women in government has a positive influence on human and economic development outcomes at both county and national levels in Kenya.

Researchers will be paid a stipend and all expenses will be covered upon participation in the team process, meeting reporting deadlines, and justification of expenses…

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