Fellowship: Rocca Dissertation Research
Fellowship Year(s): 2017
Project/Theme Title: Consolidating Democracy: Violence, NGOs and Post-Conflict Democracy Promotion in Côte d’Ivoire
Abstracts: What does civil society look like after conflict? Specifically, how does violence affect the work Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) are able to do in post-conflict settings?What does this mean for their effect on citizen participation in politics? International donors channel large portions of their democracy-promotion aid through local NGOs in the developing world, and yet little research investigates whether these organizations encourage or discourage participation in democratic activities by local populations in post-conflict settings. Building on substantial prior experience living and working in Côte d’Ivoire,West Africa, I will employ a multi-methods approach leveraging subnational variation in exposure to different types of political violence and experience with NGOs to explore under what conditions NGOs are particularly effective at encouraging democratic participation in postconflict settings. I will conduct fieldwork before and during the 2018 municipal elections, a context in which many NGOs will be working throughout the country to encourage participation and promote non-violence.