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Preventing Islamic radicalization in Mozambique: through faith or employment?
Last registered on March 19, 2019

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Preventing Islamic radicalization in Mozambique: through faith or employment?
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0003775
Initial registration date
January 06, 2019
Last updated
March 19, 2019 2:51 PM EDT
Location(s)
Region
Primary Investigator
Affiliation
Nova SBE
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
Nova SBE, BREAD and NOVAFRICA
Additional Trial Information
Status
On going
Start date
2018-04-25
End date
2019-05-31
Secondary IDs
Abstract
This pre-analysis plan outlines the hypotheses to be tested in the evaluation of an initiative against Muslim radicalization done by the main Muslim authority in Mozambique. This initiative will be conducted in Mosques in the Province of Cabo Delgado at a time where a series of deadly attacks in the region was being attributed to Muslim radicals. In response to these events, the Mozambican Islamic Council (CISLAMO) decided to test two different types of interventions to dissuade the Muslim youth to join the radicals. A religious sensitization meeting where the authorities discuss the Muslim Law and Tradition to show how the radicals are not defending the Muslim Faith. And a professional training session that helps to increase youth employability. In this study we conduct a randomized controlled trial to evaluate the impact of these different programs.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Vicente, Pedro and Inês Vilela. 2019. "Preventing Islamic radicalization in Mozambique: through faith or employment?." AEA RCT Registry. March 19. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.3775-3.0
Former Citation
Vicente, Pedro and Inês Vilela. 2019. "Preventing Islamic radicalization in Mozambique: through faith or employment?." AEA RCT Registry. March 19. https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/3775/history/43677
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Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
This pre-analysis plan outlines the hypotheses to be tested in the evaluation of an initiative against Muslim radicalization done by the main Muslim authority in Mozambique. This initiative will be conducted in Mosques in the Province of Cabo Delgado at a time where a series of deadly attacks in the region was being attributed to Muslim radicals. In response to these events, the Mozambican Islamic Council (CISLAMO) decided to test two different types of interventions to dissuade the Muslim youth to join the radicals. A religious sensitization meeting where the authorities discuss the Muslim Law and Tradition to show how the radicals are not defending the Muslim Faith. And a professional training session that helps to increase youth employability. In this study we conduct a randomized controlled trial to evaluate the impact of these different programs.
Intervention Start Date
2019-01-08
Intervention End Date
2019-01-10
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
We will collect data from three different sources:
1. “Joy-of-destruction” game with multiple partners.
This game follows the design developed by Abbink and Herrmann (2009). In the game, two players are endowed with 10 monetary units (MU) and simultaneously decide whether or not to destroy 5 MU of the other player at an own cost of 1 MU. We will ask each participant to play the exact same game with 4 different players: a Mozambican Muslim (same religion + same nationality); a Christian Mozambican (different religion + same nationality); a Mozambican Public official (local government) and a foreigner living outside of Mozambique (different nationality). The script of the game is shown in Annex A.
2. List Experiment.
We will conduct a list experiment across the three randomized comparison groups. So that we have a direct measure of the impact on reported support of extremist ideology, without many of the set-backs of self-reported questions. The script of the list experiment is in Annex B.
3. Survey.
The survey questionnaire collects standard demographic characteristics of participants, such as education and ethnic group; socio-economic variables, such as occupation, income and assets; satisfaction and expectations about the economic situation of the country and one-self and knowledge about recent discovery of natural resources in the region. Additionally, we collect data on social capital, trust in institutions and conflict. Annex C shows the complete survey.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
In collaboration with our partners, we will select a group of 210 male individuals with ages between 18 and 30, from the Muslim community in the capital of the province of Cabo Delgado. The selection process of participants will be done by CISLAMO, under our supervision. Afterwards, we will randomly assign each of the 210 individuals to one of three groups:
a) Religious workshop (70 participants);
b) Professional training workshop (70 participants);
c) Control group (70 participants).
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
Done in the office by a computer.
Randomization Unit
Individual.
Was the treatment clustered?
No
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
NA
Sample size: planned number of observations
210 in the main sample of interest.
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
70 individuals per group.
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
Scientific Council of Nova School of Business and Economics
IRB Approval Date
2018-02-19
IRB Approval Number
N/A
Analysis Plan

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Post-Trial
Post Trial Information
Study Withdrawal
Intervention
Is the intervention completed?
No
Is data collection complete?
Data Publication
Data Publication
Is public data available?
No
Program Files
Program Files
Reports and Papers
Preliminary Reports
Relevant Papers