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Innocent Batsani-Ncube speaks to VOA about Chinese-built African parliaments


Innocent’s work is featured in Voice of America News in an article by Kate Bartlett called ‘Why China is building Africa’s new parliaments’, published on 19 April.

In the article, Innocent explains why so many new parliaments in Africa are being donated or funded by China. He describes Chinese investment in long-term political buildings like parliaments as an example of China ‘hedging its bets’. And he explores the perhaps unintended spin-off effects that see parliaments as institutions gaining strength from their prestigious new buildings.


Innocent is currently working on a book on Chinese-built parliaments in Malawi, Lesotho and Zimbabwe. He is an Usawa postdoctoral researcher at SOAS.

Read the VOA story.

Find out more about Innocentand read blogs on this research hereand here.

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