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International Development Office (IDO)

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The Open University has been committed to International Development for over twenty years. We are globally recognised for our teaching and pioneering research within the sector, and for driving innovation.

Uniquely, The Open University also helps deliver development programmes in partnership with governments, NGOs, funding institutions and local partners. Our programmes across sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia address areas such as frontline health, teacher education and English language teaching.

We work where there is the greatest need: where our expertise can impact the many, rather than the few, and where our work helps create sustainable social and economic development.


Projects list

  • The Distance Learning Medical Centre
  • Increasing Primary Education Participation
  • Advancing business learning for employability in...
  • Training for innovation in agriculture, health...
  • Study with The Open University
  • Access to free educational resources: OpenLearn
  • Managing the public and voluntary sector: the MPA
  • Providing African managers with global...
  • Partnerships for learning
  • Conservation of South Africa's fynbos plants
  • What does the rise of China mean for Africa?
  • Managing water resources sustainably
  • Making the most of commodities
  • Innogen: innovating for life
  • Health Education and Training: HEAT
  • Communicative Language Learning
  • Mobile Learning
  • TESS-India
  • English In Action
  • Three children in Africa
  • Young women in Malawi
    Malawi Access Into Teaching Scholarships (MATS)
  • Stethoscope on computer keyboard
    Strengthening Human Resources for Health
  • Young women in Sierra Leone
    Improving Girls’ Learning Outcomes
  • Girl drinking from tap in Ethiopia
  • ChildReach workers in Nepal using DIY Learn approaches
    DIY Learn: Development Impact and You

Projects and research

Building capacity through medical research, ground-breaking frontline training programmes and investing in leadership.

Transforming economies through education.

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The need for higher education in Ghana in growing rapidly – government and university experts investigate distance education as a potential solution.
Joan Armatrading explains how the programme has been created to transform the education and training of frontline healthcare workers.

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