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Welcome to The Open University’s International Development and Innovation research portal. The ground-breaking research outlined here reflects our mission to promote educational opportunity and social justice.

Since launching in 2015, our interdisciplinary research network has successfully secured 28 projects worth £9.4M.

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Funding will forge new links to fight serious global challenges

10 October 2020

We are delighted to advise that three OU researchers have won networking grants from the Global Challenges Research Fund.

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Football in Burundi is a tool for reconciliation and political legitimacy

29 September 2020

Celestin Mvutsebanka addresses key entanglements between politics and football in Burundi.

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China-Africa Cooperation on Green Energy Transition

28 October 2020

This webinar, co-produced by the OU and Institute for Development Studies, will explore China-Africa Cooperation on Green Energy Transition

Whatever it takes? The Global Financial Safety Net, Covid-19 and Developing Countries

24 September 2020

Christina Laskaridis from the OU presents the findings of a recent paper which explores plans to fill a $2.5 trillion financing gap to combat COVID-19 and the subsequent financial crises

The clinical foreground and industrial background: Customizing national strategy for COVID-19 testing

9 October 2020

The WHO’s exhortation to countries to “Test, Test, Test!” in the light of the pandemic has led to an unprecedented global effort to increase testing capacity for COVID-19.

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14 October 2020

The October ID@OU newsletter is out! All the latest news, opportunities and events from International Development at The Open University.

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Contact us

To find out more about our work, or to discuss a potential project, please contact:

International Development Research Office
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
The Open University
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes
United Kingdom

T: +44 (0)1908 858502