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The Institute publishes books, research reports, research papers, briefings and meeting reports in a range of formats. Publications cover policy, research, arts, culture and local knowledge in the countries of Eastern and Central Africa. Research publications—books, reports and papers—are peer-reviewed. Some RVI publications are also available in French and/or Arabic.

The RVI is a signatory of the Budapest Open Access Initiative (2001); all publications are free for download in PDF format under Creative Commons licences. Print versions of most books and reports, and digital versions in Kindle and other specialist formats, are available for sale from Amazon and other online retailers, and from selected bookstores. Proceeds from sales are allocated to the Institute's Scholarship Fund, which provides support to researchers and activists from Eastern and Central Africa.

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Politics, Power and Chiefship in Famine and War
Politics, power and chiefship in famine and war investigates how customary authorities on South Sudan’s border with southern Darfur have managed repeated wars and famines since the... MORE >
Expectations and belonging in Dire Dawa
As a secondary city, the competitive advantage of Dire Dawa, Ethiopia is location. It is the closest large city to the port of Djibouti, making it an important transit hub for international... MORE >
Mobility and crisis in Gulu
Historically, Gulu is a place of mixed opportunities. In the 1980s and 1990s, Gulu hosted many internally displaced persons (IDPs) fleeing the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) conflict in... MORE >
Eldoret, a city on the move
This study looks at rural–urban mobility in Eldoret, a fast-growing secondary city of about 300,000 people located in Kenya’s Rift Valley. The city is perceived as a dynamic... MORE >
The role of transnational networks and mobile citizens in South Sudan’s global community
South Sudan’s refugee communities have, and have always had, considerable influence on the way that the country’s civil wars evolve. In this study, through research... MORE >
Placer le quotidien de la police au coeur de la réforme
La police étant l’une des principales institutions de l’État, il est impossible de la réformer sans améliorer considérablement le cadre de gouvernance plus général dans lequel... MORE >
Security sector reform has been a central component of post-conflict reconstruction and development programmes, and the restoration of state authority since the 1990s. However, these... MORE >
Strengthening the leadership and influence of women in politics in Kenya
The research challenges previous attempts to identify universal obstacles that affect all women in Kenya. Instead, the study shows that the barriers to entry and influence differ greatly... MORE >
The role of election observers in Somaliland
This report is a record of a Forum event held on 5 November, before the 13 November 2017 election day. Election day itself was largely peaceful, and the international observer mission... MORE >
Improving Aid Delivery through Localisation in Somalia
Improving Aid Delivery through Localisation in Somalia brought together participants from the Somali government, the private sector, youth-led social media campaigns, local and... MORE >
The Peace Process in Burundi
In April 2015, protests erupted in Burundi when President Pierre Nkurunziza’s sought a third term in office. Protestors claimed this was contrary to the country’s constitution,... MORE >
South Sudanese chiefs and elders discuss their roles in peace and conflict
In April 2016, seventeen chiefs from different parts of South Sudan gathered in Kuron Holy Trinity Peace Village, in Eastern Equatoria, to discuss the role of customary authority in... MORE >

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