The Research on Open Educational Resources for Development (ROER4D) aims to provide evidence-based research from a number of countries in South America, Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast 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:

  • Build an empirical knowledge base on the use and impact of OER focusing in post-secondary education
  • Develop the capacity of OER researchers
  • Build a network of OER scholars
  • 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 post-secondary education in the Global South.