A radio and a microfone.
Africa & Development
Research insight
May 13, 2021

The reach of radio: ending civil conflict through rebel demobilization

Abstract:

We examine the role of FM radio in mitigating violent conflict. We collect original data on radio broadcasts encouraging defections during the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) insurgency. This constitutes the first quantitative evaluation of an active counterinsurgency policy that encourages defections through radio messages. Exploiting random topography-driven variation in radio coverage along with panel variation at the grid-cell level, we identify the causal effect of messaging on violence. Broadcasting defection messages increases defections and reduces fatalities, violence against civilians, and clashes with security forces. Income shocks have opposing effects on both the conflict and the effectiveness of messaging.


Authors: Alex Armand, Paul Atwell, Joseph F. Gomes


You can find the research article here.

Nova SBE NOVAFRICA Knowledge Center

Nova SBE NOVAFRICA Knowledge Center

Website
16. Peace, justice and strong institutions
Africa & Development
Project
SDG
8

Entrepreneurship Training in Mozambique: The Role of Business Skills vs. Aspirations

A Nova SBE NOVAFRICA Knowledge Center project with the aim to provide experimental evidence on the mechanisms and possible solutions to increase the productivity of entrepreneurship and transforming micro-enterprises into SMEs.

Learn more
Africa & Development
Research insight
SDG
3
17

COVID-19 vaccine acceptance and hesitancy in low- and middle-income countries

Widespread acceptance of COVID-19 vaccines is crucial for achieving sufficient immunization coverage to end the global pandemic, yet few studies have investigated COVID-19 vaccination attitudes in lower-income countries, where large-scale vaccination is just beginning.

Learn more
Africa & Development
Project
SDG
3

Belief Systems and Health Behaviors in Guinea Bissau

This project: How much of low demand for preventive health care can be explained by lack of awareness or knowledge and the extent to which knowledge and beliefs on health are shifted.

Learn more