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PDRI-DevLab Fall 2023 Workshop Series: Arsène Brice Bado

PDRI-DevLab is hosting a Fall 2023 Workshop Series featuring its staff and affiliates.

Topic: Documenting Electoral Violence: Assessing Trade-Offs in Data Collection Methodologies

Presenter: Arsène Brice Bado

Session Details: Using election monitors to identify violence during elections is frequently critiqued for being costly, politicized, and possibly ineffective. By contrast, digital platforms that crowdsource election violence reporting directly from citizens are increasingly promoted because they ostensibly sidestep the limitations associated with traditional monitoring. So, why bother with monitoring? We argue that monitoring can still improve on the detection of violence when compared to citizen crowdsourcing. To test our claims, we randomized whether areas of Côte d’Ivoire were assigned to monitoring by civil society groups in addition to citizen crowdsourcing during the 2020 presidential elections. We find that the assignment of a monitor significantly increases the likelihood of violence being reported compared to the citizen treatment alone. We further find suggestive evidence that the experience/training of monitors is correlated with a greater likelihood of issuing a report.

This session will be a workshop and participants are requested to read the paper beforehand.

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Arsène Brice Bado

Dr. Arsène Brice Bado is the  Vice-President for academic affairs at the Centre de Recherche et d’Action pour la Paix/Université Jésuite (CERAP/UJ) in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. He is also the Director of Evidence in Governance and Politics (EGAP) West Africa Regional Hub. Dr. Bado obtained his PhD in Political Science from Laval University in Canada in 2016. His research interests include democracy, ethnic pluralism, conflict analysis, forced migration, electoral processes in conflict ridden societies, and foreign aid in Africa.