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Lady on the back of a motorbike with her baby. Photo by Random Institute on Unsplash

Are Goma’s motorcycle taxi drivers heroes or villains?

7 August 2020

Samuel Muhindo analyses the role that motorcycle taxi drivers play in securing their clients’ security in the city of Goma.

A women in DRC carrying vegetables by Axel Fassio/CIFOR, licensed under creative commons.

Savings groups can tackle financial precarity in Goma’s woman-headed households

8 July 2020

What are the origins, operations and impact of AVECs on Goma’s low-income women-headed households?

Photo: Astrid Jamar – Gitega, Burundi in 2013

The Burundian drum is at a crossroads between heritage and commodification

25 June 2020

This blog argues restrictions on who can engage in drumming in Burundi have caused it to lose its identity as an 'inclusive practice valuable to world heritage'.

Image of DFiD aid tent in Haiti earthquake relief effort

The latest significant step in the UK’s development agenda

22 June 2020

Economists Professor Susan Newman and Dr Sara Stevano analyse the merger of DFID and the FCO.


Workers tending land in Uganda, by Gregoire Dubois

Can migrants and refugees be regional residents in the Great Lakes region?

17 June 2020

Lisa Damon discusses the lived histories of Barundi who have made Uganda their home over generations.

‘Clashes in Burundi’, 2015. Credit: REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic is licensed under creative commons (CC BY-NC 2.0).

Protests in Burundi are about more than asserting political pressure

12 June 2020

As part of the OU-funded Idjwi Series, Jean-Paul Nizigiyimana explores the various overlapping motivations of protesters who have claimed the streets of Burundi’s capital over the last 30 years.

UNHCR refugee hut. Photo MONUSCO / Abel Kavanagh. Lusenda refugee camp, South Kivu Province, Burundi

What Burundi teaches us about political crisis and displacement

3 June 2020

Based on research insights shared at the Burundi Research Network Conference in Nairobi in July 2019, Andrea Purdeková invites us to reverse the mainstream relationship between empirics and theory.

COVID-19 and what the digital divide means for people’s livelihoods in Kenya

17 April 2020

Measures to control the current pandemic impact more heavily on everyone whose access to internet and digital technologies is limited. But in some countries, the impact can be particularly devastating, says Anna Colom. 

Female market stall holder in Nairobi, Kenya

Interdisciplinary research routes on gender and social policy

7 February 2020

This blog by Dr Lorena Lombardozzi, Lecturer in Economics, outlines an event held by the Open University's Gender and Social Policy research group: 'Building the OU gender - social policy network, global governance and policy impact'

World Access to Higher Education Day - The power of education

26 November 2019

"The precious ‘real world’ insights that academics try to decipher in silent velvety libraries, are what many OU students experience in their lives". Dr Lorena Lombardozzi highlights the power of education.

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