OU academics are researching the interconnection between industrial development and health in Africa.

They contributed to a book, Making Medicines in Africa, on the topic.

In this video, the Maureen Mackintosh, Professor of Economics at the OU and Dr Julius Mugwagwa, Lecturer in Development Policy and Governance, explain why there needs to be more emphasis on Africa making their own medicines.

Read more about the OU's research in International Development at: http://www.open.ac.uk/research/main/our-research/international-development


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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.


Patent Use in the UK.

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.


Limits without Scarcity.

Professor Giorgos Kallis revisits the notion of limits. Although since Malthus limits and scarcity have been used as the justification of what has been framed as their opposite – growth and progress – de-growth environmentalism calls for collective self-limitation as the only way towards egalitarian abundance.


Innovative Spending in Health: Unpacking the Global Evidence

Based on findings from his 3-year ESRC-funded project, Innovative Spending in Global Health, Julius Mugwagwa analyses evidence from South Africa, the UK and Zimbabwe, before exploring the theoretical, policy and practice implications, particularly for inclusive and sustainable health.