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Durham University

Department of Geography

Staff Profile

Miss Cynthia Kamwengo

Research Postgraduate (PhD) in the Department of Geography
Room number: W601

Contact Miss Cynthia Kamwengo (email at


MA (International Development): Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia

BA Development Studies and Economics: University of Zambia, Lusaka, Zambia

My Research

Drawing on a case study of Zambia, my PhD explores how the politics of partnership affects beneficiary country ownership in South-South/trilateral development cooperation projects. This study is funded through a 2016-2019 Durham Doctoral Studentship and builds on my previous research on South-South cooperation and development effectiveness. My other research interests include: gender and development, policymaking in global governance institutions, and financial inclusion of low-income groups.


Kamwengo, C. M. (2019) 'We need people like you: Reflections on identity and expectations in South-South Cooperation Research', in E. Mawdsley, E. Fourie and W. Nauta (eds), Researching South-South Development Cooperation: The politics of knowledge production, London: Routledge. 

Kamwengo, C. M. (2017) ‘China and Brazil as Southern Africa’s non-interfering development partners: rhetoric or reality’, Journal of Southern African Studies, Vol. 43, No. 5,

Kamwengo, C. (2015) 'The BRICS are breaking the Power Structures in International Development', available at

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