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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.

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…

2012
Key points

The concept of a hybrid political order is useful in understanding post-conflict state formation, in the Horn of Africa and elsewhere.

For policy-makers supporting the re-establishment of government institutions in Somalia, the example of Somaliland is instructive.

Hybrid political orders are not an alternative model for state-building; they are the…

2012

This Usalama Project report explores the 2012-2013 M23 rebellion in the eastern DRC. It also discusses the implications of the rebellion for the DRC’s eastern neighbours, Rwanda and Uganda, who have been accused of aiding and abetting the M23. ‘Despite the Congolese army’s sporadically strong resistance, well-armed M23 soldiers have dealt it several humiliating defeats and are trying to…

2012

This Usalama Project report sketches the historical background to the proliferation of armed groups that have emerged in the North Kivu province of the DRC over the past two decades. It serves primarily to demystify the numerous factions and the cleavages between them, as well as to outline the complex mix of grievances that drive conflict. ‘Violence in the eastern DRC can be bewildering in…

2012

RVI Fellow Douglas Johnson discussed the implications of South Sudan’s independence for the new nation’s history, historiography, and sense of identity in his keynote lecture to the 9th International South Sudan and Sudan Studies Conference in Bonn in July 2012. Describing South Sudan as ‘a missing piece in the jigsaw of Africa’s past’, he offered a robust critique of the various outside…

2011

Abyei has proved to be the hardest part of Sudan's Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) to implement, harder, even, than the determination of the rest of the North-South boundary, or the division of oil revenues. In this personal commentary Douglas Johnson argues that this is the result of a long-term aim of annexation by successive national governments in Khartoum. The recent interventions of…