DPP is the main centre for teaching and research in Development Studies and Development Management at the Open University.

DPP is a major contributor to ID@OU: the Open University’s international development activity. ID@OU brings together research, teaching and programmes in international development across the university.

We focus on:

  • The links between global historical processes and development interventions
  • Research that aims to shape policy and practice
  • Teaching that enables and empowers students to engage actively with the contemporary challenges of development

DPP is the main centre for teaching and research in Development Studies and Development Management at the Open University.

DPP is a major contributor to ID@OU: the Open University’s international development activity. ID@OU brings together research, teaching and programmes in international development across the university.

We focus on:

  • The links between global historical processes and development interventions
  • Research that aims to shape policy and practice
  • Teaching that enables and empowers students to engage actively with the contemporary challenges of development
Students from more than 90 countries.
A global leader in development management teaching
Largest provider of development management in Europe.
On 24th June the Open University celebrated the 30<sup>th</sup> Anniversary of its Development, Policy and Practice Programme (DPP).
Dr Ben Lampert appeared on Arise TV to discuss the impact of increased Chinese migration to Africa and the wider context of China’s heightened engagement with the continent. The discussion drew on his new book Chinese migrants and Africa’s Development, which is published by Zed and was co-authored with OU colleagues Professor Giles Mohan and Dr Daphne Chang, and Dr May Tan-Mullins from the...
Implications of China's rise for Africa - Dr. Masuma Farooki
Joseph Hanlon, author of Just Give Money to the Poor ;and Senior Lecturer at the Open University introduces his new book. This event - Just give money to the poor and what works for the poorest: Book launch - was held on the 15th June 2010, from 13.00-14.30 at ODI's offices in London.  
Prof. Kaplinksy gives lecture at UNU-MERIT on the rise of China and its implications for global trade.
Prof Joanna Chataway and Prof Maureen Mackintosh discuss Innogen's research on health innovation in developing counties.
Prof Giles Mohan discusses implications of Chinese investment in Africa.
Is China ripping off Africa, as some people claim? Giles Mohan, Professor of International Development at The Open University has researched the subject and gives an informed answer.  His most recent work concerns role of China in African development. In 2007 I received an ESRC grant entitled The politics of Chinese engagement with African 'development': Case studies of Angola and Ghana. This was...
OU International Development Seminar Series Inlcusive development in Sub-Saharan Africa: The role of technological innovations from emerging countries Andrew Agyei-Holmes, Richmond Atta-Ankomah & David Botchie,  Development Policy and Practice, The Open University Abstract
New imperialists or agents of change? Dr Ben Lampert appeared on Arise TV to discuss his new book on the role of Chinese migrants in Africa’s development Dr Ben Lampert appeared on Arise TV to discuss the impact of increased Chinese migration to Africa and the wider context of China’s heightened engagement with the continent. 
OU International Development Seminar Series   Aid and international development: Past, present and future Prof. Myles Wickstead, Development Policy & Practice, The Open University. Abstract:
OU International Development Seminar Series  Impact investing and inclusive business development in Africa: A research agenda Dr Michael Ngoasong and Alex Korda The Open University Business School   Abstract:
OU International Development Seminar Series  Regionalism, Activism and Rights: New Opportunities for Health Diplomacy in South America Dr. Pia Riggirozzi Politics and International Relations, University of Southampton To watch the seminar: http://podcast.open.ac.uk/pod/International-Development-20140903 Abstract
At the end of October 2014, Professor Raphael Kaplinsky attended Duke University’s high-profile Duke Global Summit on Governance and Development in a Value Chain World to take part in the panel discussion, Academic Reflections on Global Value Chains. 
OU International Development Seminar Series Biotechnologies and health innovation: how are communities engaging in South African HIV vaccine clinical trial sites?  Dr. Mary Upton The Open University To watch video of the seminar: http://podcast.open.ac.uk/pod/International-Development-20140903#!f3dc3b... Abstract
OU International Development Seminar Series  A new focus on results? Improving basic services in Ethiopia and Somaliland Henrietta Blackmore Save the Children Head, East Africa Regional Portfolio Team  Abstract
OU International Development Seminar Series  Flowers at the altar of profit and power? 30 years on, the continuing disaster at Bhopal  Professor Steve Tombs The Open Universitry Abstract
OU International Development Seminar Series Novice interaction design in Botswana: Results of a diary study Professor Helen Sharp (Computing and Communications) and Dr Nicole Lotz (Engineering and Innovation)  The Open University  Abstract
Elizabeth Erling, Lore Gallastegi and Leigh-Anne Perryman (OU) discuss their latest research, including studies on increasing the presence of female role models in schools in Malawi and the impact of the TESS-India teacher education project. To watch seminar: http://www.open.ac.uk/ikd/podcasts/international-education-and-developme...
Dr Dinar Kale, Senior Lecturer in International Development and Innovation, examines the problem of inadequate medical equipment, which is donated to African health centres, and is often unused. The issue is referred to as ‘a mismatch' between supply and demand by the World Health Organisation. 
Professor Giles Mohan, Open University, UK, lead researcher for a China-Africa project on oil and economic development supported by the DFID-ESRC Growth Research Programme (DEGRP). For more information, visit http://bit.ly/1FK0Gfy
Professor of International Development Giles Mohan gave his inaugural lecture, Making Space for African Development More than 100 people heard Professor Mohan bring his academic rigour, passion and personal engagement to argue:
Dr Julius Mugwagwa, Research Fellow at The Open University on how to get more from each dollar spent on health in development. http://dpp.open.ac.uk/people/julius-m... His research focuses on two countries in Africa (South Africa and Zimbabwe) and on two global health funders, the Gates Foundation and the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria. 
"Sustainable Growth in a Globalising World -- Not Whether, But How to Participate in the Global Economy" This Jubilee Lecture for the 25th birthday of its European Journal of Development Research (EJDR) was part of the 14th EADI General Conference "Responsible Development in a Polycentric World: Inequality, Citizenship and the Middle Classes" (Monday, 23 June 2014, 5pm).
Raphael Kaplinsky, Professor of International Development at the Development Policy and Practice, discusses the significance of global value chains during Duke's Global Summit on Governance and Development in a Value Chain World.
Professor Raphael Kaplinsky, a Professor of International Development at the Development Policy and Practice speaks about Misconceptions, realities and unanswered questions: China's engagement with Africa. The event was held at ODI offices in London on 20 January 2014. More information can be found here http://www.odi.org.uk/events/3839-mis....
In seeking to be part of global value chains (GVCs), it is important to know and understand the core incompetencies and competencies of business or government, respectively, in order to "prioritise and specialise" the vertical value chain, Open University Professor Raphael Kaplinsky said at Thursday's Economies of Regions Learning Network meeting in Pretoria.
In her inaugural lecture, Professor Hazel Johnson looks behind changes in the world economy, rising powers and new technologies to reveal the struggles of individuals, groups and organisations to improve their livelihoods. In the process she enables us to see their agency, and the opportunities and contradictions in interventions aimed at changing their conditions. To watch: http://www.open.ac.uk...
As part of the OU's Getting to Know podcast series, members of MCT, including IKD's Julius Mugwagwa and Dinar Kale, provide a short introduction to their research and teaching. Both Julius and Dinar's work centres on the provision of affordable and appropriate healthcare in developing countries.  To watch: http://www.open.ac.uk/ikd/podcasts/getting-know-mathematics-computing-te...
As part of the OU's Spotlight series, Visiting Professor Smita Srinivas (TCLab, Columbia University, New York) and IKD Deputy Director Theo Papaioannou are interviewed by Julius Mugwagwa about their collaboration on inclusive innovation and development research. An edited version of the interview is also available. http://www.open.ac.uk/ikd/podcasts/spotlight-inclusive-innovation-and-de...  
Linking analytical perspectives on NGOs’ roles, social justice and the neoliberalisation of nature, Les Levidow (DPP, OU) investigates the alliances around approaches to natural capital and how these link environment and development issues. http://podcast.open.ac.uk/pod/International-Development-20140903#!a25643...
Drawing on child labour debates from Latin America, Jean Grugel (Geography, OU) sheds light on the impact of global rights-based norms in local contexts and explores the trend to international standard setting for what 'development' means. http://podcast.open.ac.uk/pod/International-Development-20140903#!b2a351...
Using a Freirean approach to review the global labour movement's identity, Fenella Porter (ILTUS, Ruskin College) argues that many trade unions need to reform not just their structures but their relationship with workers and the new landscape of work. http://podcast.open.ac.uk/pod/International-Development-20140903#!0a0ed9...
Towards Inclusive Innovation, Asian Drivers, Global Value Chains and the Role of Commodities: Celebrating Raphael Kaplinsky’s Research. To watch: http://www.open.ac.uk/ikd/podcasts/towards-inclusive-innovation-asian-dr...
Valerie Amato (OU) highlights emerging and future models of multi-stakeholder collaboration, and shows the relevance of systems thinking and complexity science to the collective learning and action necessary if the global goals are to be realised. http://podcast.open.ac.uk/pod/International-Development-20140903#!9f64b9...
Do the BRICS countries herald a new dawn for democracy or continued political repression? Professor Patrick Bond (University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa) discusses BRICS: An Anti-Capitalist Critique, his new book from Pluto Press, co-edited with Ana Garcia. http://podcast.open.ac.uk/pod/International-Development-20140903#!d43d80...
The Hargreaves review (2011) of UK Intellectual Property noted the weakness of the evidentiary base on the impact of patents and how they are used in the UK. Suma Athreye (Brunel Business School) explores some of the issues. http://podcast.open.ac.uk/pod/International-Development-20140903#!79c8d6...
David Wield discusses why Innogen's work matters.  Innogen pioneers approaches that connect people, policy and practice to innovative solutions for real world problems. www.innogen.ac.uk
On 6 November 2013, Innogen hosted an ESRC Festival of Social Science event on "Innovation Generation: Shaping a New World". In this 20x20-style video, Rebecca Hanlin discusses innovations for pro-poor growth. Innogen puts forward its thinking on promoting and supporting entrepreneurship to raise the income, welfare and agency of the poorest in society.
Dinar Kale discusses regulation and innovation.  Innovation and regulation go hand-in-hand. Innogen works hard to understand this interconnected relationship in order to ensure that safety is maintained without stifling advances that can help improve and save lives.  www.innogen.ac.uk
Julius Mugwagwa discusses agro-biotechnology and food security. By working across sectors and advocating a multi-layered approach, Innogen helps countries find solutions to successfully harness and govern these new technologies.  www.innogen.ac.uk
Rebecca Hanlin discusses biomedical technologies in a global development context.  Innogen research on existing biomedical technologies highlights the multiplicity of factors that impact, because we take a novel social-science based approach.  www.innogen.ac.uk
Speakers: Dr Joseph Hanlon, Dr Jeanette Manjengwa, Teresa Smart Recorded on Monday 28 January 2013 in New Theatre, East Building.   A discussion with the authors of the new book, Zimbabwe Takes Back its Land which offers a nuanced assessment of land reform, countering the dominant media narratives of oppression and economic stagnation in Zimbabwe. Joseph Hanlon is a visiting senior lecturer at...
Dr. Joseph Hanlon, senior Lecturer,Development Policy and Practice at Open University, gives the historical background of land redistribution in Zimbabwe. He argues that several prominent Settlers have predicted that land ownership will be contentious issue in Zimbabwe.
he panel discuss the two newly published books Just Give Money to the Poor and What Works for the Poorest . This event - Just give money to the poor and what works for the poorest.  Dr. Joseph Hanlon, senior Lecturer,Development Policy and Practice at Open University is one of the participant and author of Just Give Money to the Poor. 
As the President of Africa's largest trading partner, China visits Africa, speculations are rife as to the amount of deals expected to be inked during his visit. To discuss what will shape China-Africa trade relations next year; CNBC Africa is joined by Ross Harvey, Chief Executive of South Africa Institute of International Affairs and Giles Mohan, Professor of International Development at the...
Forum 2012, the 14th edition of the Global Forum for Health Research is underway in Cape Town, South Africa this week (23 to 27 March 2012), under the theme ‘Beyond aid ... research and innovation as key drivers for health equity and development’. There are three main sub-themes for the conference:
What better way to bring to a wide audience the challenges of vaccination in developing countries, than to give a celebrity an ice-box filled with Polio vaccine and tell them to go deliver? The two part documentary “Ewan McGregor: Cold Chain Mission” was broadcast by the BCC on the 22nd and 29th of April 2012.
My recent journeys to Burkina Faso have grossly exposed my inability to converse in the French language.
The 4th Biennial meeting of the Human Variome Project (HVP) at UNESCO in Paris kicked off on Monday 11th June with announcements of some notable achievements. One was the official partnering of the HVP with UNESCO. Another was the signing of an agreement to bring China on board as an addition to the 12 existing country nodes, and the first core member of the HVP.
Vaccines are arguably one of the most successful public health tools for reducing disease and saving lives across the world. This is not new, but attending the World Vaccines Congress in Lyon was a reminder that the story of vaccines is far from over. Everything in vaccines is changing: the locus for R&D and manufacturing, the market, the regulatory framework, and the technology itself. All...
Vaccinomics and Challenges for Developing Countries  What is Vaccinomics?
Notes from the AfricaLics Academy Innovation and Development in Africa Conference, 19th - 30th November, 2012, Moi University, Kenya 1. The People and The Challenges
I do not know whether I should call it innovation or not. Well, to the extent that something new has been done may suffice to give it this label which is becoming increasingly popular particularly amongst academics. If we can call it innovation then it appears providers of public transport services in Nairobi are “over-innovating”. So, what are they innovating and how has this innovation caught...
I’m currently at an energy and international development event in Kenya.  This is the first time I’ve really forayed into the field of energy.  However, I see that its full of examples of potentially inclusive innovations.  There are improved cooking stoves that can be locally made which use less wood or charcoal and produce less emissions.
There are three main ways of getting round Uganda if you do not have your own means of transport—taxis popularly known as special hire in Uganda, Toyota mini bus (Ugandan version of a Taxi) aka ‘Matatu’ in East Africa and motor cycle taxi called ‘boda boda’. The term ‘boda-boda’ comes from the Busia border of Uganda some 50 years ago when innovative Ugandans provided bicycle taxis for bus...
From “Jua Kali” to Toiling in the Mud: The Plight of Informal Woodworkers in Gikomba Market
 ‘Good will’: a tale of two countries By Alexander Borda-Rodriguez
  All’s Fair in Love and War by Farah Huzair Revisiting Sri-Lanka gave me pause for thought on what is apparently an ingrained cultural mindset; that fair is beautiful. In Sri-Lanka and other South Asian countries, ‘fair’ also means pale of skin. And so the adage that ‘fair is beautiful’ has implications for this society, that are paradoxically, anything but fair. 
Mission Possible by Julius Mugwagwa, recently in South Africa and Zimbabwe  Spending a week each in South Africa and Zimbabwe doing a pilot study for my new ESRC-funded project on ‘innovative spending in global health’ from the end of February to early March was indeed an eye and ear opener. For both me and the various people I met and talked to.
Is the Tata Nano an example of ‘inclusive innovation’? What about solar lighting? How do we determine what is inclusive or pro-poor? Is it about the degree of income generation or saving that is created, the degree of viable business opportunity that a new product creates or is it about the process of innovation around the product more generally?
Julius Mugwagwa, recently in South Africa and Zimbabwe
Ungovernable? Biotech and its xerophytic challenges By Julius Mugwagwa, recently in Pretoria, South Africa
The poor and their health needs: hard-to-reach, still? By Julius Mugwagwa
Pitfalls and Benefits of an STS-Africa Network by Prof. Norman Clark Earlier this year, Prof Norman Clark participated in the STS-Africa meeting, ‘Mapping Science and Technology in Africa: Traveling technologies and global disorders” in Johannesburg, South Africa. A main component of the event was around establishing an STS community for sub-Saharan Africa, and Prof Clark reflects on the pitfalls...
Comment Prof. Maureen Mackintosh responds to 'Local pharma in Africa: going nowhere, slowly?'  Julius Mugwagwa, investigating spending on essential medicines in African contexts, wrote:  “one consistent argument is that local production will contribute positively to health system targets, and is thus a good place to spend the ‘health dollars’.  There, however, seems to be contending views on how...
Nepal: Time to Challenge the Crisis Narrative?  By Craig Walker
The future of Development - Aid and Beyond  Myles Wickstead
Richard Pinder, Qualification Director for the MSc in Development Management, looks at some of the ways in which Open University teaching engages with arguably the biggest issue in development: the creation and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Pharmaceutical Standards: A Challenging Balancing Act Dinar Kale
Whose Growth? Which Innovation? Theo Papaioannou On July 13, 2015 the Greeks woke up to a new bailout deal that will keep the country in the Eurozone. In return, they will have to implement a new austerity programme that will not only plug the country into an even deeper recession but also will undermine any prospect of development and innovation for the years to come. This is so for a number of...
Can developments in the social economy help address some of the contradictions in a globalised world? Can the social economy foster a new way of thinking about how we do business? What are the challenges for enterprises that have social goals rather than profit at their core?
I have sometimes described Atlanta to my British friends as a ‘hot Milton Keynes’ –very green and suburban, lots of criss-crossing motorways, with a large mall in the centre.  It has blisteringly hot summers – daily highs in July average a humid 32C.  It is special to me personally because my great uncle played for its professional baseball team – the Atlanta Braves - then known as the Boston...
Sitting in a traffic jam with four ambulances nearby, all with blue lights flashing but crawling no faster than me, is a reminder that in this privatised city, having money does not get you to the hospital any faster. Dhaka is a city of 17 million with no metro, few functioning traffic lights, and only 263 municipal buses.
In the wake of the sixth Forum on China–Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in Johannesburg last month, the focus has been on the high-level trade, aid and investment deals that have emerged. But what is often overlooked in the coverage of FOCAC and the broader intensification of China-Africa relations over the last 15 years is the accompanying rise of more everyday Sino-African engagements engendered by...
How inclusive of African people and places are low-cost technologies from China and India? To answer this question we first need to clarify the concept of inclusiveness. Inclusiveness describes relational processes of equalisation of resources, welfare or capabilities which enable people to meet their basic needs and therefore prevent them from becoming marginalised and deprived.