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Global Development in Practice: Understanding development contexts

Learn how development managers work and gain practical development management skills.

Global Development in Practice: Understanding development contexts

This program is part of the Global Development Management degree offered by The Open University

Discover how development managers instigate social change

This is the second program of a set of four that make up the Open University module Development, Policy and Practice (D890).

Enhance your understanding of development contexts with this online program. You will focus on the development landscape and learn more about the role of the state, and the institutions and organisations in this sector to shape the development agenda and enact social change.

The context within which development institutions and organisations operate will be investigated along with the introduction of practical development management tools to unpick the landscape within which Development Managers work


1 course

Written and delivered by experts in the field

The Development Management program has been developed by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at The Open University.

Who will you learn with?

Rachel Wrangham

Part-time associate lecturer, mother of 3 young children. Contemplating the future at 40.

Marianna Volpi

Marianna Volpi

Hi, I'm Marianna and I've worked in the NGO, government and academic sectors, on poverty and inequality, conflict and government policy. I'm passionate about development and helping others achieve.

Elizabeth Mc Donnell

Elizabeth Mc Donnell

Me - a research scientist, then facilitator, mediator/Open University tutor (development management), now teaching English as a Second Language. And I'm passionate about dancing Argentine Tango!

Sylvia Meichsner

Sylvia Meichsner

Sylvia is a sociologist and social science researcher by training. Her area of expertise is the intersection of International Development and Childhood and Youth Studies.

Martha Knight

Martha Knight

My academic interests are centred around gender and development, the Sustainable Development Goals and global governance processes all of which I've taught or practised. I'm module Chair of D890.

Nicholas James

Nicholas James

My research and teaching interests are in development, environment and political ecology. Particular areas of interest include agroecology, ‘water security’, livelihoods and agrarian change in Africa.

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