Project  (last modified 9. May 2017)

Research on Open Education Resources for Development in the Global South (ROER4D) (ROER4D)

Aug 2013 – Dec 2017

The Research on Open Educational Resources for Development (ROER4D) project aims to provide evidence-based research from a number of countries in South America, Sub-Saharan Africa and South / South East Asia. The primary objective of the programme is to improve educational policy, practice, and research in developing countries by better understanding the use and impact of OER.


In order to address this objective, the specific objectives of the programme are to:

  1. Build an empirical knowledge base on the use and impact of OER focusing on post-secondary education
  2. Develop the capacity of OER researchers
  3. Build a network of OER scholars
  4. Curate research outputs as open content and, where feasible, share data collected as open data
  5. Communicate research to inform education policy and practice.

As a number of philanthropic foundations and a few governments have already committed substantial funding to OER initiatives, it is necessary to search for evidence of how OER creation and use are influencing educational practices and policy in the Global South. This will help to ensure that education policy development initiatives and further expenditure by philanthropic foundations and governments are indeed achieving the outcomes of resourcing easily accessible, socially acceptable, high quality and affordable education in the Global South.

Research questions

The primary research question of the project asks:

In what ways, and under what circumstances can the adoption of OER address the increasing demand for accessible, relevant, high-quality and affordable post-secondary education in the Global South?

The project is subdivided into 18 sub-projects, each headed by a research lead within the country or region to which the sub-project refers. These sub-projects will address specific objectives of the overall project, using methodologies appropriate to the subsidiary questions they will be interrogating.


The outcomes of the project can be found at its central project resource page.

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Location University of Cape Town
7700 Cape Town
South Africa
  • ROER4D
Start - End 2013-08 – 2017-12
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