I first taught development studies in the mid-1970s at the University of Zambia, an exhilarating experience that laid the foundations for my teaching at the Open University. My work in the UK – on urban regeneration, and on development partnerships involving voluntary, community and public agencies in the fields of health and social care – has made a complementary contribution, focused more on the management of development and on what we now term institutional development. Research in the UK in the early 1970s and 1980s nurtured my interest in the professional cultures of agencies working in the fields of social work and criminal justice. This too feeds into our teaching of development management, specifically with respect to ideologies of development and agency understandings of the ‘beneficiaries’ of development. Since being appointed in 1996 as one of the first two tutors on our Postgraduate Development Management Programme, I have seen my involvement in the Programme grow to the extent of having taught on or chaired the module presentation team for all five of our modules. Since becoming Postgraduate Development Management Qualifications Director, I have – much to my regret - given up working directly as a tutor. There are compensations. One of the most pleasing is my involvement in the scheme whereby we have secured Scholarships (funded by DfID) for students in Uganda and Kenya to take our MSc. There are currently 40 such Scholars and, along with AL colleagues, I do get the opportunity to visit them to support their learning. More generally, I look to publicise the value of the Programme, as illustrated by the story in the following link:
The Open University's postgraduate global development management programme has been featured in The Guardian as an international success. The course, initiated in 1996, now has more than 1,000 alumni. Since 2006, it has been awarded Department for International Developmen...
Development Policy and Practice
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
The Open University
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