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Women who #ChooseToChallenge social injustice

7 March 2021

The Open University is marking International Women’s Day with a social media campaign to ‘cut through the global chatter’ and focus attention on a very special group of women.

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School closed, no internet: finding ways to keep children learning in the most remote places

5 March 2021

Open University International Development academics report on a successful trial to deliver education in a COVID-safe way to areas without internet, TV or radio.

Photo shows a trans woman in Mozambique tending to her garden. She told us "Watering my garden to show society that transwomen perform all activities like other women in their home space. I call that positive visibility"

Giving voice to marginalised members of Africa’s LBGTQ+ community

10 February 2021

An alternative to traditional research has given voice to marginalised members of Africa’s LBGTQ+ community– not through the written word, but through the eye.

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Former International Development Secretary launches Open University BME researchers' seminar series

10 February 2021

The BME Researchers Group discusses research and scholarship around race, ethnicity, coloniality and decolonisation.

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Online and Distance Education graduate wins house for teaching leadership

10 February 2021

Graduate of the OU's MAODE (Masters in Online and Distance Education) programme, Ayodele Odeogbola, has been awarded a house in the region he lives in, in Nigeria.

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Could pandemic prompt a ‘new partnership’ for global health care?

19 January 2021

Research by Open University social policy academics is at the forefront of an campaign to improve conditions for migrant health workers globally.

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Voluntary male medical circumcision: ‘It’s never just a snip’

7 December 2020

Anthropologist and historian Dr Mark Lamont considers the surgical campaign against HIV/AIDS in Kenya.

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Prize for paper on informal multicultural spaces

4 December 2020

A journal paper co-authored by IDII Director Professor Giles Mohan wins a prize for Innovation and Excellence.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak leaves 10 Downing Street to go to the House of Commons to make the Summer Statement. Picture by Pippa Fowles / No 10 Downing Street.

Is Reducing Aid in the National Interest?

30 November 2020

Following the UK government's announcement that they will be reducing overseas aid, OU researcher, Lizzie Babister, explores the implications of this move. 

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Why switching aid to defence may not increase UK security

25 November 2020

UK government to increase defence spending by £16bn and slash overseas aid by £3bn. Alan Shipman highlights why switching aid to defence may not increase UK security.

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