Informal Learning and Non-Formal Education for Development


  • Colin Robert Latchem Independent consultant/researcher



The following article examines the issues of open, distance and technology-based informal learning and non-formal education for individual and community development. It argues that these two modes of education, which are estimated to constitute 70-90% of lifelong learning, are insufficiently represented in the literature of open and distance learning and development. To ensure that these forms of provision take their rightful place alongside the mainstream systems of formal education, it is posited that far more research and evaluation is needed in order to demonstrate their potential and evidence quality in their outputs, outcomes and impacts.

Author Biography

Colin Robert Latchem, Independent consultant/researcher

Colin Latchem was formerly the Head of the Teaching Learning Group at Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia and the President of the Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia. In recent years, he has consulted, held visiting professorships in Asia, researched and authored a number of books and many papers on open and distance education.


How to Cite

Latchem, C. R. (2013). Informal Learning and Non-Formal Education for Development. Journal of Learning for Development, 1(1).



Invited Articles
Received 2013-08-15
Accepted 2013-08-20