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Global development

Global Development in Practice: Designing an Intervention


Build practical skills for managing development interventions.

Development is a complex process, which addresses many global challenges, including poverty, inequality and justice. Development intervention requires a combination of purposeful design and the confidence to adapt to changing circumstances. At The Open University, our approach to development focuses on how power can be used to bring about change anywhere in the world.

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 the 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.

Key features

  • Delivered in partnership with the worldwide online learning platform, FutureLearn.
  • Use real-life case studies to gain practical skills in development management.
  • Develop transferable skills in project management, data analytics, people management, logistics and more.
  • Gain postgraduate-level academic credit in just 12 weeks.

Course summary

Study level
OU – Postgraduate
SCQF – 11
FHEQ – 7
12 weeks | 13 hours per week
Next start date
15 March 2021

What you’ll learn

This microcredential will provide you with the practical skills, tools and methodologies to plan a development intervention.

Using real-life case studies, you’ll critically engage with tools, frameworks and methods associated with designing development interventions. You’ll be taken through the process of a development intervention, with the different stages covered roughly in chronological sequence according to the concept of the project cycle, which is widely used among development agencies. Whilst the focus is on development management practice, you’ll also be looking at theoretical issues and debates relevant to global development.

By the end of the course, you’ll have learnt how to:

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

Professional relevance

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

On completion

Upon completing and passing this microcredential, you’ll be awarded 15 academic credits at postgraduate level.


As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the academic regulations, which are available on our Student Policies and Regulations website.

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