About RNRA Digital Repository

RNRA Digital Repository is the official Institiutional Repository of the Rwanda Natural Resources Authority (RNRA). RNRA is an authority that leads the Management and promotion of natural resources which is composed of land, water, mines and geology.

This repository has been funded by the UK's Department for International Development (DFID) through the Land Tenure Regularisation (LTR) programme.


Content Policy

RNRA Digital Repository contains:

  • research authored or co-authored by staff at the RNRA
  • research produced by multilateral and bilateral partners of RNRA
  • research produced by consultants commissioned by RNRA

Where possible a full-text download is provided. In a very few cases a metadata-only entry will be included to provide a record of the research. Full-text material in RNRA Digital Repository includes but is not limited to: journal articles, book chapters, working papers, reports, presentations, conference papers, blog posts and unpublished work in progress, datasets, training manuals.


Terms of use

Except where otherwise stated, items in RNRA Digital Repository have been licensed by the copyright holder for distribution in electronic format via any medium for the lifetime of the RNRA Digital Repository for the purpose of free access without charge.


Deposit policy

Items are deposited by the author or their delegate, and are subject to final checking and amendment by RNRA Digital Repository staff before being made publicly available. In some cases items may be directly deposited by RNRA Digital Repository staff, with the agreement of the copyright holder where applicable.


Preservation policy

Full-text materials uploaded to RNRA Digital Repository will be retained indefinitely. RNRA Digital Repository will aim to ensure continued readability and accessibility; items will be migrated to new file formats where necessary. Items may not normally be removed from RNRA Digital Repository. See the take-down policy for exceptions.


Take-down policy

Material included in the RNRA digital repository must be cleared for inclusion by the copyright holder and comply with any existing licence terms. The depositing author or their delegate confirms this clearance with their acceptance of the Distribution Licence, and repository Complaints about the inclusion of an item in RNRA Digital Repository should be sent in writing to repository@rnra.rw. Please include your full contact details, the bibliographic details of the item, the RNRA Digital Repository identifier (URL), and the reason for the complaint. On receipt of a complaint the following actions will be taken:staff will perform additional checks before an item is made publicly available. The depositing author is responsible for ensuring that their material is otherwise legally suitable for dissemination.

Valid reasons for withdrawal of an item include:

  • Proven copyright violation
  • Breach of publishing contract/licence terms
  • Plagiarism
  • Libel
  • National security
  • Falsified research

Complaints about the inclusion of an item in RNRA Digital Repository should be sent in writing to repository@rnra.rw. Please include your full contact details, the bibliographic details of the item, the RNRA Digital Repository identifier (URL), and the reason for the complaint.

On receipt of a complaint the following actions will be taken:

  • The RNRA Digital Repository team will return an acknowledgement in writing that the complaint has been received and make an initial judgement as to the validity of the complaint.
  • If the complaint is judged to warrant further investigation, the item in question will be withdrawn from public view within 24 hours of receiving the complaint. Complaints sent on a non-working day (weekends, public holidays and other closure days) will be treated as being received on the next working day.
  • The complaint will then be reviewed by the RNRA Digital Repository team (together with RNRA management where necessary). If the grounds for the complaint are found to be plausible, the full text of the item in question will be removed from RNRA Digital Repository. In most cases the metadata will NOT be removed, and a note will be supplied giving reasons for withdrawal of the content. If the complaint concerns the breaking of an embargo, the content will be suppressed for the specified embargo period.
  • The complainant and the author will be informed of the outcome.