Tracking Development

logo Tracking DevelopmentThe Tracking Development project ran between 2006 and 2012. It compared four countries in Southeast Asia (SEA) with four in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) in order to explain why the former region has developed rapidly in the past half century, and the latter has not. In particular, the question was whether the contrast could be explained by specific policy choices. The project was funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The follow-up to Tracking Development is Developmental Regimes in Africa (DRA), which explores the policies and governance conditions that are needed if Africa is to match the economic and social achievements of Southeast Asia.

For more information see:
See also:, blog on politics, aid and development in Africa (Tracking Development is one of the research programmes participating in the blog).

12-14 December 2011: Tracking Development final conference, The Hague

Watch the conference summary:

PhD defence, 19 April 2012
Location: Agnietenkapel, Oudezijds Voorburgwal 231, 1012 EZ Amsterdam
10:00 am: A. Helmy Fuady: Elites and Economic Policies in Indonesia and Nigeria, 1966-1998
Read the thesis (under embargo until 19-04-2014).
12:00 am: Un Leang: A Comparative Study of Education and Development in Cambodia and Uganda from their Civil Wars to the Present
Read the thesis.

Research project
2006 to 2014


Subsaharan Africa; Asia; development; research

Funding and cooperation


Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies [et al.]

Additional information

Research output: 

Book: Asian Tigers, African Lions. Comparing the Development Performance of Southeast Asia and Africa. Contributions from the Tracking Development project. Edited by Bernard Berendsen (former ambassador to Tanzania), Ton Dietz (African Studies Centre, Leiden), Henk Schulte Nordholt (KITLV, Leiden), and Roel van der Veen (Ministry of Foreign Affairs).

Book: The richer harvest : economic development in Africa and Southeast Asia compared : the 'Tracking Development' study 2006-2011, by Dirk Vlasblom. 

Special issue of Development Policy Review: Tracking Development in South-East Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. The opening article of this issue, Tracking Development in South-East Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa: The Primacy of Policy by Jan Kees van Donge, David Henley and Peter Lewis is free to download at: