Fieldwork in nigeria (west africa)
Randomized experiment associated to the april 2007 elections
This election is a do or die affair.
Feb. 10th 2007, President Obasanjo
Elections could further destabilise the violent, oil-rich Delta region.
Mar. 15th , 2007, The Economist, headline
Election breeds fear in Nigeria's Muslim north.
Apr. 12th , 2007, The Financial Times, headline
After rigged and violent local polls, the opposition threatens a boycott of the presidential race.
Apr. 18th , 2007, The Economist, headline
Violence and fraud tarnish Nigerian elections.
Apr. 22nd , 2007, The Financial Times, headline
Rigging, violence and intimidation were so pervasive and on such naked display that they made a mockery of the electoral process. […] Where voting did take place, many voters stayed away from the polls. They were frightened off by a pre-election period that saw more than 100 people killed in election-related clashes. By the time voting ended, the body count had surpassed 300.
May 15th , 2007, Human Rights Watch
while we were in the field!
We have designed and organized together with local partners a Randomized Experiment on Political Violence during the Elections of April 2007.
This experiment included:
A Randomized Campaign conducted by a consortium of local NGOs headed by ActionAid International Nigeria in 12 enumeration areas in 6 states of Nigeria;
Pre and Post-Election Panel Household Surveys, conducted by Afrobarometer's local partner PSI - Practical Sampling International, including 1200 (+300 post-election oversample) interviews in 24 enumeration areas chosen within Afrobarometer's representative sample of 275 EAs (in all 37 states) of Nigeria.
This experiment was aimed at assessing the effects of the campaign, not only in terms of reports/perceptions related with violence, but also in terms of voting behavior (turnout, vote) by the panel of respondents. We also designed a module to characterize the effects of the campaign that worked through social networks.
This page is intended to provide an introduction to this project.
Map with the Sampled Areas (places visited in the survey, including treatment) in Nigeria - click for details.
THE CAMPAIGN BY ACTIONAID INTERNATIONAL NIGERIA
The Campaign was conducted by the following team of local NGOs headed by ActionAid International Nigeria:
Human Support Services - LAGOS State
Centre for Rural Health and Development - OYO State
Interfaith Mediation Centre/Nehemiah Foundation International - KADUNA State
YARAC - Youth, Adolescent, Reflection and Action Center - PLATEAU State
Niger Delta Budget Monitoring Group - RIVERS State
Environmental and Rural Medication Centre - DELTA State
The Campaign went on from February 13th to February 27th, 2007, and consisted, at each of the 12 treatment locations, of standardized:
Distribution of campaign materials: t-shirts, hijabs, caps, stickers, posters & leaflets.
Roadshows (including tailored jingles)
Left: poster and leaflet; Right: sticker - click for details.
The jingles and theatre were produced by specialized Abuja company: Red Sapphire Nigeria Ltd
General Documents from ActionAid International Nigeria:
Final Report - click here
- Media Review on Political Violence - June 2006 to April 22, 2007 - click here