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The end of the Second World War witnessed the independence of most African and Asian nations, which was followed by efforts to establish self-rule and promote national development. As the newly independent nations of Africa and Asia met at the Bandung conference in 1955 to underline their support for the non-aligned movement, the promise of development for the masses of these countries became foremost in their deliberations, which in addition to self-rule, also included democracy, peace and economic growth. It is now 61 years since the Bandung conference, which was hosted by President Sukarno. While self-rule has largely been established across the continents of Africa and Asia, the second pillar remains underdeveloped in especially Africa but also in many parts of Asia. While economists from Karl Marx to Schumpeter have argued that innovation and technical change are the key planks of economic development, attempts to explain why only some of these countries have managed these developments while others have not would require a profound understanding of institutions the way Veblen and Nelson articulated them – political, economic and social – that evolved across these countries. This panel session seeks to deliberate on the different institutional paths taken by the African and Asian countries to stimulate technological upgrading and value addition so as to explain why some managed to develop rapidly while others have stagnated.