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This chapter presents notes on the contributors of the book Asian Tigers, African Lions: Comparing the Development Performance of Southeast Asia and Africa. The book is an anthology of contributions by scholars and (former) diplomats related to the 'Tracking Development' research project. It tries to answer the question how two regions with comparable levels of income per capita in the 1950s could diverge so rapidly. The variations in development among Southeast Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa provide some of the most notable contrasts in the contemporary developing world. In 1965, as colonial rule receded in both regions, average incomes in Africa were as much as 40 per cent greater than those in Southeast Asia. By the end of the 1970s, however, incomes converged as Southeast Asia's steady growth surpassed the increasingly distressed African economies.

Keywords: African Lions; Asian Tigers; Southeast Asia; Sub-Saharan Africa



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