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  1. 2020 HDCA Conference – Online (Auckland, NZ)

    A very special thank you to everyone who participated in, or otherwise supported the realisation of, our 2020 HDCA Conference. Due to COVID-19 and the corresponding global need for strict social distancing, we had to shift gear and turn the conference into an all-online event. We were thrilled that it was so appealing to such a large number of presenters and audience participants, and that it went so splendidly. It was an incredible pleasure to e-meet so many fantastic people ツ

    Hopefully, many of us will have a chance to meet non-virtually again in the near future. We hear that Antwerp is a beautiful place, among other locations.

    As always, our warmest wishes from Auckland,
    Your 2020 HDCA Conference Organisers

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    Alternatively, you can simply message the conference organisers at 2020HDCA@massey.ac.nz and they will add your address to the email list for you. The organisers are also happy to answer any conference-related questions at that address.

     

  2. Online Access

    …you are already logged in to the HDCA website with your HDCA user name). Become a member to access the journal. Become a member to access the journal A personal subscription to the Journal of Human Development & Capabilities (JHDC) costs $120 (see this page on the Taylor & Francis site). The individual HDCA membership fee ranges from $24 to $150, depending on your income. So if you would like to have access to the journal, why not consider becomin…

  3. Free Online Course: Global Health and Disability

    …ive with some form of disability, with numbers continuing to rise over the coming decades. People with disabilities are often overlooked in national and international development, and can face widespread barriers in accessing services, including health and rehabilitation services, even though simple initiatives are available to enable access. Our three week course aims to raise awareness about the importance of health and well-being of people with…

  4. Online Seminar: Will digital technologies save us from the pandemic?

    …Senior Fellow, Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and co-founder of Digital Public – Susan Erikson, Professor, Simon Fraser University, Canada – Stephen L. Roberts, Assistant Professor, University College London, UK – Manjari Mahajan, Associate Professor of International Affairs & Starr Professor and Co-Director of the India China Institute, The New School The discussion will be moderated by Katerini Storeng, Associate Professor…

  5. Online Discussion: People and the Planet: The Future of Development in a Post-COVID-19 World

    UNDP-UNEP in New York will hold an online high level dialogue on Zoom: 17 June, 2020, 3.30 pm CET / 9.30 am EDT. COVID19 has unleashed an unprecedented human development crisis putting at risk the hard fought gains of the last decades. It is a wake-up call on the devastating effects of the increasing pressure we are placing on our planet. But in the endeavor of confronting the multiple implications of this crisis, there is also an opportunity to…

  6. HDCA Conference – Antwerp, Belgium: POSTPONED TO SEPTEMBER 2022

    Given the current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic and the vaccination campaign worldwide, it appears increasingly unlikely that we would be able to hold a conference in 2021 in which participants from many continents could gather in person at the University of Antwerp. After consultations within the Conference Program Committee and the HDCA Executive Council, a decision was taken to postpone the Antwerp conference to 19-22 September 2022, when we expect there to be fewer restrictions on travel and in-person gatherings.

    Of the options considered, including an online-only meeting this fall, we felt it would be worth the wait in order to provide a better conference experience for all. We’re aware that this decision may interfere with the preparations you were already making for the September 2021 conference and we apologize for this. If you’ve already sent in a proposal, you are free to withdraw it, or, alternatively, to keep it in the Conftool archive.

    “Capabilities and Transformative Institutions”

    How can we organize for the world of tomorrow? Covid-19 has taught us that we are not ready. We have re-discovered our common vulnerability – not only to a virus, but also to policy mismatch, institutional hiccups and authoritarian backlash. Divided we stood, unable to act in concert, lacking real opportunities for deliberation. How can we improve the structures of living together and face the challenges ahead to build a more just and sustainable world? The HDCA Conference 2022 puts this question center stage.

    Institutions, social arrangements, or the structures which emerge from our social living, have been conceived in different ways in the variety of disciplines that engage with the capability approach. The conference will provide an opportunity to let these various understandings speak to and learn from each other.

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