Welcome to the HDCA

The Human Development and Capability Association (HDCA) is a global community of academics and practitioners that seeks to build an intellectual community around the ideas of human development and the capability approach, and relate these ideas to the policy arena.  The association promotes research within many disciplines, ranging from economics to philosophy, development studies, health, education, law, government, sociology, and more. Our members live in over 70 countries worldwide.

The Association’s main activities include the organization of an annual international conference, the facilitation of a range of thematic groups, and the publication of the quarterly Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, a peer-reviewed academic journal published by Taylor & Francis.

This website is intended to serve as a resource for educational materials and research, and to provide a forum for connecting with other researchers and practitioners engaged in similar pursuits. Much of the posted material is available to non-members who register on the site.

Some materials, such as videos of lectures, conference papers and material under copyright, are available to members only. Membership also comes with other benefits, including an annual subscription to the Journal of Human Development and Capabilities and the bi-annual Maitreyee E-bulletin, with in-depth focus on one human development-related topic in each issue.

Click here to find out how you can join.