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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.

The views expressed in books and reports published by the RVI are those of the authors, not the Institute.

English and French-language prospectuses for RVI programmes and courses can be found here.

Women, Conflict and Public Authority in the Congo
The DRC has a bad reputation when it comes to gender equality and respect for women’s rights. Until now, the donor community and international media have mostly been focusing on... MORE >
Dividing Communities in South Sudan and Northern Uganda: Boundary disputes and land governance
In September 2014, a conflict erupted between South Sudanese and Ugandans in the borderlands of Kajokeji County, South Sudan and Moyo District, Uganda. Several people were killed, many more... MORE >
Stabilization, Extraversion and Political Settlements in Somalia
Why is Somalia still far from achieving a lasting political settlement, after decades of international military, diplomatic and aid interventions to stabilize the war- torn country? This... MORE >
Dhaqaalaha ku baxa Doorashooyinka Soomaalilaand
Ilaa markii dimuquraadiyadda xisbiyada badan laga bilaabay Soomaalilaand 2002, doorashooyinku waxa ay u qabsoomeen hab wanaagsan oo maamul isku dhiib ah oo nabadgalyo u dhacay. Laakiin su... MORE >
Recycling Rebels? Demobilization in the Congo
Since the Second Congo War (1998–2003), the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Congolese civil society have attempted, with the support of international... MORE >
A Microcosm of Militarization
This Usalama Report by Judith Verweijen analyses militarization in Uvira and how it shapes the interplay between local conflicts, governance and armed mobilization. Focussing on the... MORE >
The Ebb and Flow of Stabilization in the Congo
Stabilization has become a buzzword in peacekeeping, with UN missions in such diverse environments as Haiti, the Central African Republic, and Mali all claiming it as their central goal.... MORE >
LAPSSET
The Lamu Port–South Sudan–Ethiopia Transport (LAPSSET) corridor is a megaproject which, is in its most ambitious form, would link a major new port development on Kenya’s... MORE >
We Have Lived Too Long to Be Deceived
In December 2013, South Sudan descended into conflict. Peace initiatives over the following eighteen months culminated in an agreement between government and armed opposition, signed in... MORE >
Following Mobile Money in Somaliland
Zaad, Somaliland’s first mobile money platform, was launched in 2009 and has rapidly become a feature of a financial landscape hitherto dominated by Somali remittance companies. This... MORE >

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