The University of Notre Dame
Grant Title:Can Indigenous Associations Foster Trust, Tolerance, and Public Goods? Exploring the Role of Grinw in Rebuilding Civil Society and Democracy in Post-Conflict Mali.
Grant Period: May 2014 – April 2015
Jaimie Bleck, Political Science, University of Notre Dame
Philippe Lemay-Boucher, Development Economics, Heriot-Watt University
The University of Notre Dame will use surveys and experimental games to study whether and how participation in political discussion groups—called grinw—indigenous to Malian communities influences participants’ democratic behavior and ability to manage the threats of conflict, extremism, and internal displacement. Notre Dame also will study how grinw composition—ethnic, religious, gender—and activity influences members’ perceptions and behaviors.