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Discovering development management
Discovering development management

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Discovering development management


This free course, Discovering development management, features the phrase ‘good development management’. As you discover development management, you should all the time be making judgements about the ‘goodness’ – or otherwise – of the development management you encounter. ‘Good’ can be judged from a number of perspectives, including ones that are:

  • practical (How well does it work? Has it achieved what was intended?)
  • political (Who gains? Who loses?)
  • ethical (Is it right? Or wrong?).

I want you to ask, and find answers to, these sorts of questions about the ‘goodness’ of development management. This is because the ‘goodness’ – or otherwise – of development management matters. It matters, in some cases, in terms of life and death. But it matters always in terms of the wellbeing of those touched by it. So the questions are worth asking. And the quest to discover ‘good’ development management is one that is worth undertaking.

This OpenLearn course is an adapted extract from the Open University course T878 Capacities for managing development [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .