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TRACKING DEVELOPMENT FINAL CONFERENCE, 12 – 14 DECEMBER 2011, THE HAGUE
 
Tracking Development is a multilateral, international research project on the comparative development trajectories of Southeast Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa over the last 50 years. The project is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
 
The objectives of Tracking Development are:
 

  1. To seek answers to the question of why Southeast Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa have diverged so sharply in development performance in the last 50 years.

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  3. To compare in detail the developmental records of a number of case study countries (Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam and Cambodia), establishing the main trends, processes, and junctures of decision-making.

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  5. To give decision-makers in the study countries the opportunity to explain what strategic decisions they made, and why, during the decades since 1955.

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  7. To provide the opportunity for eight high-achieving research students from the study countries to 'change places', with Africans researching Asia and vice versa. The eight students will obtain doctoral degrees from Dutch universities working in cooperation with in-country supervisors and institutions.

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  9. To create a new network of people and institutions linking Sub-Saharan Africa with Southeast Asia. This network will also be connected with the North, especially the Netherlands.

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  11. To discuss the research findings and their implications on a regular basis among a large group of people (researchers, students, policy-makers, opinion leaders) in both the North (Netherlands) and the South (Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia).

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  13. To disseminate research findings within the case study countries in a variety of accessible, popular forms, including newspaper articles and radio programmes.


The project will run from October 2006 to September 2011.