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Ghana, West Africa

Policy Influencers

NYU Abu Dhabi researchers are helping to inform policy and improve lives in developing African nations such as Congo, Ghana, and Uganda.

"Fieldwork is essential"

Fieldwork is Essential

Melina Platas spends several months per year conducting research throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Fieldwork, she said, is essential in her line of work to gain first-hand insights about unique social and political processes.


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Meet the Candidates: Videos and Voting Behavior in Uganda
In Uganda, preliminary findings suggest watching video interviews of parliamentary candidates during party primary and multiparty elections increases knowledge about the candidates and increases the likelihood that voters change away from their intended vote choice on Election Day.
Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)  |  August 7, 2017

Here’s why Paul Kagame won a third term as Rwanda’s president
On Friday, Kagame was re-elected in a landslide. The turnout and vote share for Kagame were equally incredible. The Rwanda Electoral Commission reported that well over 90 percent of Rwanda’s 6.9 million registered voters turned out to vote and that Kagame won 98.63 percent of the vote. Neither of his challengers managed to win 1 percent.
The Washington Post  | August 5, 2017

Imagine yourself as a refugee. That’s what nudges Americans to take action on refugees’ behalf.
Since taking office, President Trump has signed two executive orders to prevent Syrian refugees from entering the United States, in keeping with his campaign call for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.”
The Washington Post  |  June 15, 2017