Safietou Kane, PhD

Gender and Development in Africa, Livelihoods and Survival Strategies in Sub-Saharan Africa, Microcredit and Prospects for Development in Poor countries

Born and raised in Senegal, West Africa, I have always kept a keen interest for issues related to development on the African continent. I received my B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology from the University of the Distict of Columbia in Washington D.C. I was then accepted by the African New World Studies Department at F.I.U where I received my M.A. in 2005. Following that, I entered our department's PhD program in Comparative Sociology to further my studies and research on Gender and development in Africa. My current research is on the impact microcredit has in the households of Senegalese women recipients, notably in the areas of nutrition, health, and education. With my doctorate degree, I intend to work on development programs geared towards Senegalese and African peoples to improve their livelihoods.


  • Foreign Aid Programs in Senegal and Prospects for Development.
    M.A. Thesis, 2005. Florida International University.
  • Entry in Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora: origins, experiences and culture. 2008. ABC/CLIO, Oxford, England.

Publications Submitted for Review

  • “Women and Development in Urban Senegal: Microcredit and Social Capital.” African Studies Review.
  • “Senegal under Structural Adjustment: a Critique of Adopted Policies.” African Journal of International Affairs.