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Okech, Awino (2022) 'Chinese Funded Projects and Open Governance in Kenya.' Leadership and Developing Societies, 6 (1). pp. 1-5.

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This article examines how Kenyan civil society uses open governance to call for government accountability around debt acquisition from China. Through two case studies, I illustrate how strategic litigation has become a framework through which civil society exercises leadership from below in the face of constrained parliamentary scrutiny. Rather than a one-sided conversation about “China in Africa”, these case studies show that open governance serves a dual role of holding the Kenyan government accountable to its citizens, whilst critiquing the debt acquisition infrastructure of the Chinese government.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: China, Kenya, Infrastructure, Open Governance, Foreign Policy
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Politics & International Studies
ISSN: 23992859
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Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2022 12:29

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