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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. Blogs can be read here.

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.

2013
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Meles was instrumental in the political and developmental changes Ethiopia has undergone in the last two decades.

The ruling EPRDF was boosted by the out-pouring of national grief on Meles’ death and Hailemariam Desalegn succeeded him as Prime Minister without controversy.

There have been as yet no discernible shifts in government policy since the death…

2013

The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) is in a period of transition. After a year of military successes it needs a new mandate to support the new Federal Government of Somalia, which has identified provision of security across the country as a priority. Both the UN Security Council and the African Union’s Peace and Security Council are currently reviewing AMISOM’s mandate. In this…

2013
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The Kenyan government’s hardening stance towards the return of Somali refugees and its recent directive to send all urban refugees to camps are a reaction to changing conditions in Kenya, in particular a series of security incidents and the forthcoming general elections, rather than improved conditions in Somalia. 

Most Somali refugees remain ambivalent about…

2013

Ce rapport du Projet Usalama traite des origines et activités de la PARECO, la Coalition des patriotes congolais résistants, une faction qui a surgit de griefs locales au sujet de questions foncières, devenait puissant comme réponse au CNDP et qui a puis été largement coopté par l'élite Hutu du Nord-Kivu. L'auteur du rapport, le directeur du Projet Usalama Jason Stearns, explique que…

2012
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The so-called Arab Spring is not an appropriate analogy: there was no single authority to bring down and there was no popular uprising.

The election of Hassan Sheikh Mohamud as President of Somalia was the culmination of a Somali-owned process and showed that the people of Somalia were eager for change.

Military success against al-Shabaab does not mean…

2012

Ce rapport du Projet Usalama explore les racines de la plus récente rébellion dans l'est de la RDC. Il discute aussi les implications de la rébellion sur les voisins à l'est de la RDC, le Rwanda et l'Ouganda, qui ont été accusé de complicité avec le M23. «Bien que l'armée congolaise ait opposé une résistance, certes irrégulière, des militaires bien armés du M23 lui ont infligé plusieurs…

2012

Ce rapport du Projet Usalama résume le contexte historique de la profusion des groupes armés qui ont surgit dans les deux dernières décennies dans la province du Nord-Kivu en RDC. Le rapport sert à démystifier les nombreux factions armées et les divisions parmi eux, tout comme à esquisser le mélange de griefs qui commande les conflits. «La violence dans l'est de la RDC peut être déroutante…

2012

This Usalama Project briefing presents a concise biography of the M23's senior commander, Sultani Makenga, in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). It describes his rise through the ranks, his earlier membership of the Rassemblement congolais pour la démocratie (RCD) and the Congrès national pour la défense du people (CNDP), and his relationship with the current…

2012

Ce briefing du Projet Usalama présente une biographie concise du commandant en chef du M23, Sultani Makenga. Il décrit son ascension dans les rangs, son adhésion précédente  au Rassemblement congolais pour la démocratie (RCD) et au  Congrès national pour la défense du people (CNDP), et sa relation avec l'actuel ministre rwandais de la défense, James Kabarebe.

2012

When South Sudan became a separate state in 2011, its northern boundary with the Republic of Sudan became an international border, the longest and most contentious in the region. At the westernmost extremity of Sudan, Kafia Kingi is a key meeting point between the two countries. This mineral-rich area is currently under the administration of South Darfur state, in Sudan, but is due to be…