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Postgraduate Studies in Development Management

The 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:

Joanna Chataway, Professor of Biotechnology and Development

Hazel Johnson, Professor of Development Policy and Practice

David Wield, Professor of Innovation and Development

One 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.