Open University program

Global Development in Practice: Bringing about change

Develop your role as a development manager and advocate and learn how to bring about genuine social change.

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

Learn how to bring about social change that is transformative and empowering.

This is the final program of a set of four that make up the Open University module Global development in practice (D890).

This program focuses on the argument that improvisation above rationalisation is needed in complex development contexts. You’ll understand how to bring about change and move to a more responsive, eclectic, and improvised process driven by the beneficiaries of development.

You'll also revisit the first program, ‘Discovering Development Management’ where you explored the meaning of development management and good development, to see if your definitions have changed throughout your learning.


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?

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.

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.

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.

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!

Lecturer in Global Development at the Open University: Educator, Researcher, Analyst, Advisor, and MOOC maker.

I have 25 years experience as an OU Associate Lecturer working on several Development Management modules. My main academic interests are the politics of development, micro finance and evaluation.

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