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

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. 

Dr Kale’s research is focused on India, which, as the biggest supplier of generic drugs to developing countries, should be capable of producing the type of medical devices the Global South requires, but which has been so far constraint by red tape. 
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Dr Kale’s research is a part of International Development research at The Open University.

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.

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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 


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


The night of 2/3 December, 2014 will mark the 30th anniversary of the gas leak which killed thousands at a Union Carbide chemical plant in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. In this presentation I address and assess the complex claims and counter-claims around responsibility for the disaster, and seek to demonstrate that both the civil settlement and recent criminal cases have failed to provide justice for the victims and to apply justice to the perpetrators.