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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.

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Wunlit was the most successful peace meeting in the history of the Sudans, a meeting where customary authorities took a leading role. It brought together representatives of Nuer and Dinka communities west of the Nile, communities that had been divided by the 1991 split in the SPLA. The meeting acted as a prelude to the reunification of the SPLA and became the…

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2021

This report explains the realities of life for South Sudan’s youth population, the majority of whom are living in conditions of extreme economic precarity. Young people face enormous challenges in trying to survive and progress in their lives. This is happening in the context of overarching neglect of the citizenry by the government, corruption, ethnic based violent conflict and competition…

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2021

South Sudan is in a state of profound economic transition, heavily influenced by conflict and large-scale population displacement and return. This transition has fundamentally changed the way in which people live, particularly their relationship with work and money.

The end of the Second Sudanese Civil War (1983 – 2005) brought with it a wave of societal reconstruction and a rush of…

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2021

Since around 2015, the importance of the Gulf states, particularly Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Qatar, in the affairs of countries in the Horn of Africa has been growing. At the same time, Turkey, which made a political choice nearly two decades ago to ‘open towards Africa’, has also strengthened its presence in the region. The Horn’s geographical proximity—the Gulf’s ‘near…

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2021

 

Since around 2015, the importance of the Gulf states, particularly Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Qatar, in the affair of countries in the Horn of Africa has been growing. At the same time, Turkey, which made a political choice nearly two decades ago to ‘open towards Africa’, has also strengthened its presence in the region. While the Horn of Africa is not the top…

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2021

بعد وصوله إلى السلطة من خلال انقلاب عسكري في عام ١٩٨٩، حكم الرئيس عمر البشير السودان لمدة ٣٠ عامًا حتى تمت الإطاحة به في عام ٢٠١٩ بعد انتفاضة شعبية. بينما يُشار إلى البشير غالبًا على أنه ديكتاتور ومستبد، فقد أشرف على العديد من الانتخابات - في ٢٠٠١ و٢٠١٠ و٢٠١٥ - على رأس حزب المؤتمر الوطني.ومع ذلك، فقد تم تصميم هذه الانتخابات وإجرائها بطريقة تضمن فوز البشير وحزب المؤتمر الوطني بها جميعًا.…

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2021

بعد الإطاحة بالرئيس عمر البشير في أبريل ٢٠١٩، بدأ السودان عملية الانتقال إلى الديمقراطية. يشمل ذلك إنشاء مؤسسات تشريعية وقضائية جديدة تتوج بإجراء انتخابات (مبدئيًا من المقرر إجراؤها في أواخر عام ٢٠٢٢). من بين التحديات الرئيسية التي يجب معالجتها في التحضير للانتخابات مبادئ التمثيل وترسيم الحدود، والتي كانت محل نزاع حاد في انتخابات السودان السابقة. يتناول هذا الموجز الأنظمة الانتخابية السابقة في…

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2021

This briefing is part of RVI’s Sudan Elections Project, a short-term study on the history of elections in the country. The project examines the different factors that have shaped the course and consequences of elections in Sudan, while drawing out lessons to inform the programming and advocacy work of those hoping to ensure a successful transition in Sudan. Research is based on analyses of…

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2021

This briefing is part of RVI’s Sudan Elections Project, a short-term study on the history of elections in the country. The project examines the different factors that have shaped the course and consequences of elections in Sudan, while drawing out lessons to inform the programming and advocacy work of those hoping to ensure a successful transition in Sudan. Research is based on analyses of…

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2021

This briefing is part of RVI’s Sudan Elections Project, a short-term study on the history of elections in the country. The project examines the different factors that have shaped the course and consequences of elections in Sudan, while drawing out lessons to inform the programming and advocacy work of those hoping to ensure a successful transition in Sudan. Research is based on analyses of…