Open Development & Education

Services

We offer

We focus on low- and middle-income countries, particularly sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean.

Approach

Equity and evidence are at the heart of our approach. We support the Principles for Digital Development. We use 'open' (content, access, software, standards) to achieve scalability and sustainability. We use agile and adpative management, driven by a Theory of Change. We draw on technology where it offers the best value proposition. We offer a needs-sensitive working environment that puts people at the center.

Our experience

We have wide-ranging experience throughout sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean and South America.

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Björn is the director of Open Development & Education. He is a a passionate communicator with strengths in developing and leading successful collaborations. He has over 15 years of experience in the application of mobile digital technology, open development practices and interactive pedagogy to improve educational outcomes in sub-Saharan Africa and the UK — across primary, secondary and higher education — with a particular focus on teacher education and inclusive, quality Education for All.

His key experience includes: Education programme development, organisational strategy, teacher professional development, mobile technologies, technology and sustainability, cooperation facilitation.

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Dr Inka Stock is a sociologist at the University of Bielefeld, with many years of field experience in Morocco, Kenya and South Sudan. Inka is an expert in mixed methods sociological research focussing on migration.

At Open Development & Education, Inka supports qualitative and quantitative data analysis.

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Prof Dr Jens Schaffer is Professor for Technical Logistics and Supply Chain Management at the SRH Hamm University of Applied Sciences for Logistics and Economics, visiting professor in the subjects of project management in automotive development and logistics at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica (PUC, Rio de Janeiro) as well as Freelance consulting engineer. His interests include process and resource planning, supply chain strategies, supply chain coordination, traffic and transhipment systems, data collection and identification. In his teaching, Professor Schaffer attaches great importance to vivid and active learning, e.g.

  • "The Fresh Connection", a comprehensive web-based supply chain simulation by the Dutch consultancy Inchainge or
  • "MIT Beer Game", a worldwide well-known simulation of the flow of information and materials in supply chains, which can also be produced for minimal effort,
  • with the self-developed SkaiLab simulation game (push and pull strategies, box and series production).

At Open Development & Education, Jens supports industry links, professional education, as well as the development of innovative pedagogical approaches for higher education.

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Dr med. Enno Winkler was until recently a member of the Medical Service of the German Federal Foreign Office (Medizinischen Dienstes des Auswärtigen Amts, Deutschland). He was stationed in Africa for many years in all three African regions (stationed in Senegal, Kenya and South Africa). Dr Winkler is particularly involved in medical education and training; he has recently been awarded the Ernst von Bergmann badge of the German Medical Association for merit in continuing medical education.

At Open Development & Education, Enno supports projects for medical education, including nurses and medical officers.

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Dr Assèta Kagambèga is a researcher at the University of Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso), specializing in biochemistry. Teacher and specialist training is of particular concern to her, and she has Undertaken projects with the African Virtual University.

At Open Development & Education, Assèta is responsible for francophone countries; Furthermore, she is responsible for professional education in the area of biology and chemistry (including teachers, laboratory assistants, etc). Assèta lives in Burkina Faso and is therefore responsible for West Africa.

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Gemma Bennett is a psychologist with specific interest in education, particularly for children with social, emotional and mental health issues. She is also interested in gender and ethinicity.

At Open Development & Education, Gemma is responsible for broad research support.

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Joe Watson has extensive experience in East and southern Africa, including Tanzania and Zamiba. For example, Joe founded a Zambian company, "Learn Town Nyanja," the only program to learn "Town Nyanja," the language most commonly spoken on the streets of Lusaka. Joe also contributed to the creation of training materials for workshops at Mwabu (formerly iSchool, Zambia). As part of his current research, he has trained 60 researchers in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in two three-day workshops. The training focused on data collection on self-developed actions (television / media and the "character strengths" of "Grit and Growth Mindset").

At Open Development & Education, Joe provides support for grant writing as well as qualitative research.

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Rebecca Gordon supports Open Development & Education with research support and grant writing.

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Sophia D’Angelo has experience consulting for teacher training projects in Sub-Saharan Africa (Tanzania) as well as Latin America and the Caribbean (Dominican Republic and Haiti). Her PhD research at the University of Cambridge focuses on teacher professional development and improving effectiveness. Prior to this, she worked for four years as a teacher and teacher trainer in the Dominican Republic before completing an MPhil in Education, Globalisation, and International Development also at Cambridge’s Faculty of Education.

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Taskeen Adam supports Open Development & Education with research support and grant writing.

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Melissa Marsden supports Open Development & Education with research support and grant writing.

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Dr Sara Hennessy

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Dr Louis Major

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Prof Dr Urs Gröhbiel

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Dr Jacqueline Batchelor

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Fatuma Iseje is an environmental health officer working for the Ministry of Health in Fiwila, Central Province, Zambia. I have been working with Open Development & Education since 2008, on various developmental projects. The projects focus on the use of ICT for rural development, including the use of desktop computers in ICT centres, as well as mobile ICT. Most recently we are using OpenStreetMap and Maps.Me to provide better information for the operation of the rural health centre in Fiwila.

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Clients
The Digital Impact Alliance, the Roger Federer Foundation, the British Council, ARM, Cambridge Education, AIMS, Raspberry Pi Foundation, African Virtual University, Leicester City Council, UNESCO IIEP.

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