New NAI researcher - with focus on Southern Africa
Eldridge Adolfo began his work at NAI in April and belongs to the conflict cluster. He has recently returned from working with the United Nations Peace building Office in Sierra Leone (UNIPSIL), where he was Youth and Conflict Advisor.
– Democracy has increased in Africa the last 20 years, but we also witness more violence before, during and after elections. How is that possible? My research shows that the violence normally has little to do with elections as such, but instead relates to structural problems within the country, says Eldridge Adolfo.
One example is the case of Zimbabwe. In a near future the country will hold a constitutional referendum and general elections.
– People fear that election campaigns will lead to violence similar to what happened in 2008. Therefore many are reluctant and would prefer to do without elections, says Eldridge Adolfo.