Dr. Arsène Brice Bado is the deputy director of the Institute of Dignity and Human Rights at the Centre de Recherche et d’Action pour la Paix (CERAP) in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Prior to his time at CERAP, Dr. Bado was a Southern Voices Network (SVN) Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC (September to November 2015). He was also a visiting researcher at Yale University (USA) during the 2014-2015 academic year. He was the 2017-2018 Anna and Donald Waite Endowed Chair at Creighton University (USA). He holds Bachelor’s Degrees in Philosophy, Socio-Anthropology, and Theology, and Master’s Degrees in Social Ethics, International Human Rights Law, and Socio-Anthropology. 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. His publications have appeared in the Journal of International Migration and Integration, Mediterranean Politics, Revue Études, Revue Relations, Débats-Courrier d’Afrique de l’Ouest, and La Civiltà Cattolica. In addition, he has contributed chapters to several books.
He is the author of Dignity across Borders: Forced Migration and Christian Social Ethics (Denver: Outskirts Press, 2010), and editor of the book Dynamiques des guerres civiles en Afrique: Une approche holiste (Paris: L’Harmattan, 2015).
1.The title of this research project is: "Evaluating Practices of Civil Society Organizations in the Prevention of Electoral Violence in Cote d'Ivoire and Burkina Faso". 2.Research Question and Goal of the Project : The goal of the current project is twofold: Firstly, to contribute to a better understanding of election violence from a bottom-up approach, that is from the perspective of civil society organizations. Secondly, from a policy perspective, to help uncovering practices that have demonstrated observable results in preventing election violence. The main question this research project seeks, therefore, to address is this: What are the effective policies, practices, or program interventions by civil society organizations that have demonstrated "measurable" (or observable) results in preventing or in mitigating election violence in Cote d'Ivoire and Burkina Faso? 3.Objectives of the Research : The first objective is research-oriented and is focused on the collection and analysis of data aimed at shedding light on strategies deployed by civil society organizations in promoting peace and in mitigating election violence in Cote d'Ivoire and Burkina Faso. This will lead to the publication of a scholarly article. The second objective is policy-oriented. It seeks to develop an electoral peacebuilding program that is sustainable because it builds on the participation of local community leaders and civil society organizations. Such a program is not only more likely to be affordable for African organizations, but it is also more likely to become an early warning mechanism that can be practically implemented. 4.Data Collection Methodology : The investigation will adopt a qualitative research approach; more specifically, it will use a multiple case study approach that will compare election violence prevention strategies during the last two elections in Cote d'Ivoire and Burkina Faso. As of method of data collection, extensive policy and academic literature review will be undertaken to map existing election violenc