Moni's PhD Fund for Nonviolence

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Beloved people,

Have you ever wanted to support ground-breaking research on nonviolence?
Well, hello there then! My name is Moni and I am a passionate nonviolence scholar and activist - and I need your help to finance my PhD fieldwork.

What do you do if you feel the need to find out how nonviolent movements work - and how they fail?
You write a BA and MA thesis about it and then start a PhD in peace and conflict research.

What do you do if you get three years of funding for a five-year project and you still need to do fieldwork?
You don't give up and keep working on your PhD, while getting three part-time jobs, moving back in with your parents, and truely hoping that as many people as possible will support your research!

So, why nonviolence and what is it again?
I find it unbelievably fascinating how much power ordinary people hold, if they set their minds on a common goal and get organized. What bombs and armies sometimes fail to achieve, is achieved by thousands and thousands of people flooding the streets demanding dictators to resign or foreign occupiers to leave. That is nonviolence.

But not all of them succeed, do they?
That is correct. Unfortunately, they don't all succeed. The most prominent argument why they don't is that the movement wasn't quite "nonviolent enough". In fact, nonviolent movements often experience small-scale violent actions from within the movement through rioters or militant armed groups. People may even get injured or killed, and as a result the government as well as the public stops supporting the movement.

Er... but if the answer to why movements fail is so obvious, then why does violence in nonviolent movements still exist?
This is where the crux of the matter lies: because violent actors usually believe that their actions lead to greater chances of success - and we don't actually know if governments and the public stop supporting the movement after violence has occurred.

Moni, what are you going to do about it?
I am writing my PhD dissertation on 13 primarily nonviolent movements in Africa from 1990 - 2006 in order to find out whether low-level violent actions help or hinder the nonviolent movement succeed. At the moment, I am working on a statistical analysis to find out whether responses by the state and the public have changed at all after violent movement actions.

Sooo.. fieldwork?
Yes, fieldwork! I am going on fieldwork for at least two months to an  African country. I am still hesitating with the exact destination, but I am looking at Kenya or Madagascar at the moment. I will keep you posted on the developments!

I am going to interview the organizers of a nonviolent movement, and hopefully also the violent actors, general participants, the public as well as state personnel. I am trying to get an all-emcompassing understanding of the types of violence and how it changed the behavior of the public and the state.

Wow! What can I do?
Every penny helps! Ultimately, the more money I manage to gather, the longer I can stay and the better the findings will be -> the better we will know how to support people on the ground to achieve change.

To give you an idea of what I need I have made a priority list to show you how I will use the money: flights (ca. 1000€), health and travel insurance (300€), domestic travel (500€), language and research assistance, food, accomodation, and a secure hard drive to save the data. I am starting with the costs for the flight and depending on how it goes I will change my goal.

Cool. Do I get out anything out of it?
You mean other than supporting groundbreaking research and making the world a better place? Yes! I will of course be eternally grateful, but I may also offer you the following little treats.

If you donate more than:
- 20€ I promise the recipe of delicious peace cookies!
- 50€ I promise a handwritten message from the field! And the recipe!
- 100€ I promise that your name will be in the acknowledgements of the final thesis! And the message! And the recipe! 

I am looking forward to making the fieldwork in nonviolence a reality with your help.

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