Global Development in Practice: Designing an Intervention Course - The Open University


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Program Description


Use development management tools and frameworks to plan, implement and evaluate development interventions in practice.

Build practical skills for managing development interventions

Development is a complex process, and managing development intervention requires a combination of purposeful design and the confidence to adapt flexibly to changing circumstances.

On this microcredential, you’ll build the skills to effectively manage the development intervention process on the ground.

Using real-life case studies, you’ll engage with development tools, frameworks and methodologies that can be used for planning, implementing and evaluating development interventions.

As well as practical development strategies, you’ll explore the associated theoretical issues and debates.

This microcredential meets the standards set by the Common Microcredential Framework.

What skills will you learn?

  • People management
  • Data management
  • Project planning
  • Planning development
  • Logistics
  • Business communications
  • Project management
  • Data analytics

When would you like to start?

We aim to run our microcredentials every few months. Join on the date that suits you or register to hear from an enrolment advisor about future runs and updates.

  • 19 October 2020

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to:

  • Apply tools, methods and frameworks for investigation and analysis aimed at informing development policy and practice.
  • Construct and communicate arguments using clear conceptual frameworks, integrating quantitative and qualitative evidence.
  • Use sound methodological principles and practices to investigate a development management problem.
  • Critically analyse the contexts, processes and outcomes of development interventions and the relationships by means of which interventions are undertaken.
  • Gather and make effective use of data of various sorts, from diverse sources, and from different media.

What you will receive

15 UK credits at Postgraduate level from The Open University

Credits are awarded on passing the final assessment. The assessment focuses on the project cycle as the dominant mode of ‘doing development’, linked to a case study, and subjected to a critique. You will develop your own case study and provide a critique of the project cycle process.

Are you eligible for this microcredential?

To study for this postgraduate microcredential, you must hold a bachelors degree or an equivalent level qualification.

It is also recommended that you have experience of working in the global development industry.

All teaching is in English, and your proficiency in the language needs to be adequate for postgraduate study. If English is not your first language we recommend you can achieve an IELTS score of at least seven.

Is this microcredential right for you?

This microcredential is designed for practitioners working in the global development industry. This could include those working for non-governmental organisations, the public sector, governmental bodies, or for volunteers working in community action projects.

Professionals who’d benefit from the microcredential could be working as development managers, field workers, planning managers, project managers, project officers, country managers, or regional managers.

Who will you learn with?

Giles Mohan

I am Professor of International Development at the Open University. My research is mainly on Africa, and how Africans seek to shape their own development futures.

Career-focused learning by

The Open University

The Open University (OU) is the largest academic institution in the UK and a world leader in flexible distance learning, with a mission to be open to people, places, methods and ideas.

What is a microcredential?

Microcredentials are designed to upskill you for work in rapidly-growing industries, without the time and cost commitment of a full degree. Your microcredential can stand alone as an independent credential, and some also offer academic credit to use towards a degree.

Learn Online With Expert Instructors

Complete online courses led by experts over 12-16 weeks with a dedicated group of professionals.


Complete Project-Based Assessments

Test your understanding with online tutor-marked assessments and exercises.


Earn A Professional Credential

Finish your learning and pass your assessments to gain an accredited credential.


Advance Further In Your Career

Use your microcredential as evidence of your specialised skills and progress further in your industry.

Last updated Sep 2020

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