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Janet Smith

M.S./Ph.D. Student

Janet’s research focuses on the political and economic implications of Arab development assistance to West Africa. More specifically, her masters research documents the emergence of Islamic NGOs in Burkina Faso. For her dissertation, Janet plans to explore Arab aid as an alternative development actor and the opportunities opened for both recipient and donor through ‘South-South collaboration’. Prior to Cornell, she spent over three years living and working in Francophone West Africa where she studied, served as a Peace Corps volunteer and worked for several international and local NGOs.