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Southern Regionalisms, Poverty and Health

The growing presence of multilateral regional organisations in diverse public policy fields has been the subject of substantial academic and policy research, but little is known about whether and how such formations are beneficially contributing to the realisation of global and regional goals of poverty reduction.

15 June 2015, 11:20

Dr Martin Higginson

Senior Lecturer in Economics
FASS; Economics

7 April 2017, 11:58

How do local production capabilities in global generics and biosimilar industries impact on public health security challenges in India and African countries?


Generic and biosimilar medicines have the potential to lower the costs of drug treatments. 

However the increasing domination of the Indian and Chinese pharmaceutical industries over global generics and biosimilar production and supply, is raising concerns over the future of affordable healthcare in developing countries. 

This project will gather evidence which will inform policy and practice in African countries, and in India, to help secure the flow of affordable medicines to their healthcare systems. 

24 May 2019, 15:10

Unpacking the Role of Industry Associations in Diffusion and Governance of Health Innovations in Developing Countries

This project tries to get inside the black box of innovation and politics, researching whether and in what ways biopharmaceutical associations in developing countries promote technological capabilities and effective governance of health innovation.

15 June 2015, 11:22

Dr Dinar Kale

Senior Lecturer in International Development & Innovation
FASS; Development Policy & Practice

7 April 2017, 13:42

Capacity building in complex qualitative–quantitative methodologies: strengthening an East African–UK collaborative network


This project is analysing and testing a new data collection tool which has the potential to be of benefit in improving health systems research in African contexts.


Cristina Santos, Open University (Principal Investigator) 
Maureen Mackintosh, Open University 

28 May 2019, 15:13

Industrial Productivity, Health Sector Performance and Policy Synergies for Inclusive Growth: A Study in Tanzania and Kenya

This project studied the supply chains into the health systems in Tanzania and Kenya of essential medicines and medical equipment and supplies from local industries and from imports. Shortages and unaffordability of these commodities are persistent causes of exclusionary and poor quality health care in low income Africa.

15 June 2015, 11:23

Professor David Male

Professor of Biology
STEM; Life, Health & Chemical Sciences

7 April 2017, 13:53

Kevin Deane

Senior Lecturer in Economics
FASS; Economics

15 February 2021, 13:36

Scientific capacity building in Africa

This project brings together a series of commissioned pieces of work with on-going academic study of what it means to build scientific capacity in Africa and the implications of this for innovation and health goals set by governments, funders and research institutes.

15 June 2015, 11:24

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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

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