Since its establishment in 1984, DPP has elaborated a broad perspective on international development in our teaching and research activities, linking these with policy and practice.  

We focus on:

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

On 24th June, 2014 DPP celebrated 30th anniversary with a special event. Following videos explains:

DPP’s origins

DPP’s legacy

DPP’s engagement activities



My three years at the Open University, and at the DPP, were filled with such fond memories. The experience itself was life-changing and it had certainly helped me prepare for life after the PhD

Julia Tijaja