Postgraduate Studies in Development Management
history of postgraduate studies in Development Management at the Open
University goes back to the 1990s, when a group of academics in the
Development Policy and Practice (DPP) Group got together with a
consortium of third sector organisations: the Agency for Personal
Service Overseas (APSO), the British Red Cross, the Catholic Fund for
Overseas Development (CAFOD), Christian Aid, Oxfam, Save the Children,
Tearfund, Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), World Vision. The shared
purpose was to provide a curriculum for a set of postgraduate
qualifications at Certificate, Diploma and MSc levels.
Three of the academics involved in establishing the foundations of our
programme are still with DPP:
of our earliest MSc students, Ann Le Mare, now an Associate Lecturer
for the OU, particularly appreciated the opportunity the MSc offered
her to combine the exploration of the theory and practice of
development. The video below is a short extract from a presentation she
gave at the 30th anniversary of the DPP Group.
Ann still tutors on the MSc and she talks about how her development management
studies influenced her subsequent career on the Careers.