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A portrait of Aaron Faro Mvula

Meet the researcher: Aaron Faro Mvula – Understanding the experiences of young unmarried fathers in rural Zambia

by Motunrayo Oladeji

Aaron Faro Mvula is a PhD Candidate in the Faculty of Wellbeing, Education, and Language Studies (WELS) at The Open University. He previously worked as a lecturer in social work at the University of Zambia and as a senior social worker under the University Teaching Hospital HIV and AIDS Programme (UTH-HAP) in Zambia.

A group of women sitting on the ground and studying and working together

Engaging rural women and girls in research processes: A discussion at the NGO Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) Forum

by Motunrayo Oladeji

How do we engage rural women and girls in our research processes? This was the question the Centre for the Study of Global Development (CSGD) focused on in our recent event at the NGO Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)67 Forum. The Forum is a platform for civil society organisations organised in parallel to the United Nations (UN) Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).

Portrait of two women researchers at a meeting

Empowering participation in evidence cafés

by Tom Power and Prof Jacqueline Stevenson

Funded by the EdTech Hub, our collaborative OU-Dhaka University project, 3MPower (Mobile Learning for Empowerment of Marginalised Mathematics Educators) is generating evidence on technology use for Teacher Professional Development (TPD) in Bangladesh, with a particular focus on children’s foundation numeracy skills in schools serving marginalised, low-income, rural communities.

Potrait of Elizabeth Ascroft

Meet the researcher: Elizabeth Ascroft – Creating safe spaces to discuss sex and sexuality

by Elizabeth Ascroft

Elizabeth Ascroft previously worked on programme design and research in the sexual and reproductive health and rights space in international development settings before starting her PhD at The Open University. Sexuality can often be seen as a taboo topic and Elizabeth’s work looks at creating safe spaces for people to discuss sensitive and taboo subjects such as sex, gender, and pleasure.

Potrait of Dr Ayomide Oluseye

Protecting the ones left behind: supporting learning inclusion for young women in Nigeria

by Dr Ayomide Oluseye

As I review the data gathered during one of my field trips to Nigeria, where I worked with young women, I'm particularly struck by this quote: