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.

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

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.

"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).

Dr Julius Mugwagwa, Research Fellow at The Open University on how to get more from each dollar spent on health in development.

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. 

The aim of the research is to identify how decisions on health spending can be more imaginative and impactful in the current era of financial stress. In layman's terms, it is about how to make every dollar deliver more, and how to get 'more for less'.