The Open University has a wide-ranging approach to international development, which focuses on science, technology, innovation and development; and institutional and human capabilities in development. One of the key areas we are researching is the so-called ‘Rising Powers’, particularly China and India. Since 1979, China has grown at an average rate of more than nine per cent per year. India has grown at a similar pace since the early 1990s. At the OU we ask: what impact will China and India have on the developing world in general, and on the nature and incidence of poverty in particular?
We have a growing number of research students examining different facets of this question. They are based in the Development Policy and Practice Group and undertake primary research in Africa and Asia. OU students are also part of vibrant international networks examining the 'Rising Powers' for international development and regularly attend conferences and workshops on this subject.