Open University program

Global Development in Practice: Understanding development contexts

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

This program is part of the PgC 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 makes up the Open University module Global development in practice (D890).

This program focuses on the development landscape and outlines the different institutions and organisations operating in this sector. You’ll consider the role of the state, of public and private sector institutions and organisations along with civil society networks in shaping the development agenda and enacting social change. The complicated relationships between these institutions and organisations will be investigated and you’ll start to learn about development management tools that can be used to gain a better understanding of complex development contexts. You’ll have the opportunity to practice these development management tools using current case studies.

You will start to develop the study skills necessary for postgraduate study and work towards an assessment task.


1 course

This program contains a portfolio, where you'll be able to gather your work and get feedback from course educators.

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

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Who will you learn with?

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.

Me - Author of OU courses on development, English language coach, researcher and content writer. I love to travel. learning to speak Spanish, and I am passionate about dancing Argentine Tango!

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.

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.

Rachel is a social anthropologist by training and inclination, who has worked for the OU for 17 years. She's carried out research in India, Indonesia and Mozambique.

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