Smith, Janet: Travel Grant - 2016-2017

College: 
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Department: 
Development Sociology
Project Title: 
Trying to help in a context of distrust: Islamic Charities in Mali
Project Abstract: 
The purpose of this project is to understand how Islamic charities in Mali execute humanitarianism and development in the context of the ‘War on Terror’ and local concern over rebel groups in the North of the country. During my two months in Mali, I will collect qualitative data on two Islamic charities, learning about their history, values, funding, project development, political connections and the employees themselves. This research will serve as data for my Masters thesis and serve as exploratory research for my dissertation, ultimately contributing to a better understanding of how global governance impacts humanitarian organizations and workers, and what development looks like when carried out by faith-based organizations.