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1. Tracking Development: Design, Process, Organization, and Results

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The Tracking Development project researched the question of why Sub-Saharan African countries since independence have not become richer, while countries in Southeast Asia have. Most Southeast Asian nations showed a 'turning point' in their developmental trajectory, whereas the African countries did not. As was mentioned in the Mid-Term Review undertaken by David Booth of Overseas Development Institute (ODI) in July/August 2009, an ambitious comparative design such as the one Tracking Development had adopted requires a significant measure of collective intellectual discipline, which is antithetical to some of the concepts and practices related to scholarly autonomy that are prevalent in academic social science. Riwanto Tirtosudarmo takes as a starting point that development is a process of organizational change. He focuses on two turning points in the economic history of Nigeria and Indonesia, firstly in the mid-1960s and secondly in the mid-1980s, to demonstrate the two different trajectories in economic development.

Keywords: David Booth; Overseas Development Institute (ODI); Riwanto Tirtosudarmo; Southeast Asia; Sub-Saharan African countries; Tracking Development project



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