• The Open University

Understanding Global Development Management

Build your knowledge of the global development sector and discover how development can be managed with this online course.

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Understanding Global Development Management

Get a taste of the Open University's Global Development Management degree

Development can mean different things to different people. For development managers around the world, it’s about the process of bringing about change and achieving social justice. But how can development be managed and what tools do development managers need?

In this course, you will discuss the answers to these questions and boost your understanding of development management as a whole. As you learn to unpack what development management is, you will recognise the complexities and political nature of development. You will also apply a development management tool to a real-world context.

What topics will you cover?

  • An explanation of what development management and development are
  • A story of development management
  • An opportunity to engage with development management and consider mitigating unconscious bias
  • The practice of development management and the rights to manage development for others
  • The project cycle and a stakeholder analysis tool
  • Experience studing development at postgraduate level.

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Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Demonstrate your understanding of the different forms development and its management have taken, in theory and in practice
  • Describe the key concepts, theories and methods that reveal development management as a process that is personal, political and professional
  • Assess project cycle and stakeholder analysis as a tool used by development managers

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone interested in or already working in the development sector. It will act as a guide for those thinking of moving into development work.

Who will you learn with?

Susan is an Open University tutor and a seasoned development researcher. She works extensively with international development organisations to deliver training and author teaching materials.

Who developed the course?

The Open University

The Open University (OU) is the largest academic institution in the UK and a world leader in flexible distance learning, with a mission to be open to people, places, methods and ideas.

  • Established

    1969
  • Location

    Milton Keynes, UK
  • World ranking

    Top 510Source: Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020

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  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
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  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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