Many people worked with the group of editors during the five years that the Learning to Compete project was under implementation. Our greatest debt is to the country-based research teams, who carried out many of the case studies and much of the quantitative research presented in this book.
We are grateful as well to the late Gobind Nankani, then head of the Global Development Network, for early encouragement. We are indebted to Louis Kasekende and Mthuli Ncube, former Chief Economists of the African Development Bank, and Steve Kayizzi-Mugerwa, currently the Acting Chief Economist, for their sustained support for the project. Kemal Dervis, Vice President and Director of the Global Economy and Development Program at Brookings was a sustained supporter. We are also indebted to the UNU-WIDER Board, headed by Ernest Aryeetey, for its support and guidance.
We benefited from the thoughtful advice of Ernest Aryeetey, Arne Bigsten, Howard Pack, and Tony Venables in designing the research programme. Over the years, we have engaged in many discussions with colleagues who study industry and development—these conversations helped shape our thinking and test our assumptions. Without implicating any of them in the perspectives offered in this book, we would like to thank Paul Collier, Hinh Dinh, Ann Harrison, Mark Henstridge, Justin Lin, Margaret McMillan, Celestin Monga, Benno Ndulu, Keijiro Otsuka, Tetsushi Sonobe, Joseph Stiglitz, John Sutton, and Francis Teal.
The African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) and the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) helped us to organize preparatory workshops with the country teams in Nairobi and Addis Ababa, respectively. We are grateful to the participants in numerous meetings, seminars, and lectures, including the June 2013 WIDER Development Conference in Helsinki, for comments, critiques, and advice. In addition we are grateful to Adam Swallow, Economics Commissioning Editor at Oxford University Press—we can confidently say that the book benefited significantly from his constructive suggestions on refining the original book proposal.
An anonymous donor helped to support Brookings’s contributions to the joint work programme. The African Development Bank recognizes the financial support provided by the Government of the Republic of Korea through (p.x) the Korea–Africa Economic Cooperation Trust Fund. UNU-WIDER gratefully acknowledges the support of its donors—the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark (Danida), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), and the UK Department for International Development.
Finally, we would like to express our sincere gratitude to the staff of UNU-WIDER for their never-failing support in the course of the L2C project—in particular to Lorraine Telfer-Taivainen, UNU-WIDER Senior Editorial and Publishing Assistant, for her excellent work on bringing the final manuscript of this book together.
Carol Newman, John Page, John Rand, Abebe Shimeles,
Måns Söderbom, and Finn Tarp