Research & Public Information

Field-based, action-oriented research is at the core of the RVI's work. The Institute is a leader in social investigation and analysis in areas including human security, political economy and community development. Research strands include electoral processes, land tenure systems, border communities and gender issues. In the realm of public information the Institute has developed an ongoing programme of policy discussion—the Nairobi Forum—and support for cultural centres and institutions of higher education in Somaliland, South Sudan and the DRC. The Institute’s websites provide a growing knowledge resource for the region.

South Sudan Customary Authorities Project
The peace negotiations which preceded the current political transition process in South Sudan brought together the warring factions, former detainees, leaders of political parties, members... MORE >
Juba Lecture Series
Since 2010, the RVI has organized an annual series of public lectures at the University of Juba. These lectures are designed to promote public discussion of emerging political and cultural... MORE >
Contested Borderlands
The Contested Borderlands reports are authoritative studies of borders and border communities in Eastern and Central Africa, informed by historical archive work and anthropological field... MORE >
This project aimed to provide a baseline record and preliminary contextual analysis of “people-to-people” peace processes in Sudan. and contribute to a growing body of literature on... MORE >
The Sudan Abduction and Slavery Project
The RVI Sudan Abductee Database is the outcome of an eighteen-month field investigation into abduction of Southerners during the north-south civil war in Sudan. The research was designed to... MORE >