'This book addresses one of the top global issues of our time. It does so eloquently, with impeccable logic and drawing on a rich body of comparative evidence. It deserves to be carefully read and widely discussed.'
David Booth, co-author of Governance for Development in Africa
'A brilliant synthesis of why countries in South-East Asia have become much more prosperous over the last half century, whereas countries in sub-Saharan Africa have not. From the first page to the last, Asia-Africa Development Divergence
provides fascinating reading.'
Roel van der Veen, author of What Went Wrong With Africa
'Thoughtful and balanced. This book will have wide resonance for those interested in the fortunes of these regions and the broad theoretical understanding of development.'
Peter Lewis, Johns Hopkins University
‘Henley makes an undeniably compelling case with his congruent and rational argument for the primacy of rural and pro-poor development, its precedence over industrialization, and ultimately, its instrumentalism in sustaining economic growth in Southeast Asia … an accessible read for a wide audience ranging from students of development studies to industry practitioners.’
Journal of Southeast Asian Economies
'This is an insightful book comparing the development trajectories of Indonesia and Nigeria, Malaysia and Kenya, and Vietnam and Tanzania … a solid, pragmatic, readable piece of work.'
Population and Development Review