All Publications

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.

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Race Against Time
Published on the eve of voter registration for the referendum in South Sudan, Race Against Time analyses the unresolved procedural problems, technical difficulties, and disputes threatening... MORE >
Local Justice in Southern Sudan
This report analyses the workings of the justice system in Southern Sudan, focusing on the real-world relationship between local chiefs’ courts and government courts and the ways that... MORE >
When Boundaries Become Borders
Discussion of the border between Sudan and South Sudan has focused on the question of where the boundary line is to be drawn. When Boundaries Become Borders examines a different, but... MORE >
Decisions and Deadlines
A policy paper on Sudan's political future analysing the critical events facing the country in the run up to the April 2010 elections and the 2011 referendum on self-determination for... MORE >
Elections in Sudan
This report examines Sudan's history of elections, and asks why they have failed to produce the kind of stable yet dynamic government in Sudan that the secret ballot is intended to... MORE >
Elections in Sudan
This briefing paper, submitted to the UK Associate Parliamentary Group on Sudan, discusses some of the challenges facing the international community in the lead-up to the April 2010... MORE >
Electoral Designs
A guide to Sudan's electoral system – one of the most complex in the world – and its effects on the distribution of power. The report analyses government documents to reveal errors and... MORE >
Sudan: Where is the Comprehensive Peace Agreement Heading?
This report assesses obstacles and risks to the implementation of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement and outlines steps to be taken to avoid a return to conflict. The product of a... MORE >
Lost Opportunities in the Horn of Africa
A comparative study of three regional peace agreements: the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement in Sudan, Somalia's Mbgathi peace process, from 2002 - 2004, and the 2000 Ethiopia-Eritrea... MORE >
Local Peace Processes in Sudan
An analytical account of the growth of "people-to-people" peace meetings in Sudan and its borderlands, with a comprehensive bibliography and time-chart of peace meetings over two decades in... MORE >

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