HDCA Global Dialogue 2021

HDCA is delighted to announce the HDCA Global Dialogue 2021, taking place 20-30 September 2021 entirely online using the Whova event platform. A special programme of events, the HDCA Global Dialogue 2021, will include keynote speakers, panel and roundtable discussions, workshops and informal meetings and networking sessions. The program has been organised by the eight HDCA Regional Networks. Attendance at all events in the HDCA Global Dialogue 2021 is free and open to both HDCA members and non-members.

There are dozens of exciting events planned – a full schedule will published soon on the HDCA website. Some highlights:

  • Opening session: “New Challenges to Human Development and Capabilities” featuring a panel of HDCA scholars, including Frances Stewart, Sridhar Venkatapuram, Andrew Crabtree, and Krushil Watene
  • Multi-regional panel on “Exploring the intersection of race, social origin and ethnicity that give rise to social and political conflict: what can the capabilities approach offer?”
  • An interview with Martha Nussbaum focussing on her two most recent books: Citadels of Pride: Sexual Abuse, Accountability, and Reconciliation and The Monarchy of Fear: A Philosopher Looks at Our Political Crisis (presented by the North America Regional Network)
  • Workshop on “Using Digital Storytelling to explore social in/justices in people’s own lives, and as a way to study and enhance individuals’ capabilities in educational contexts” (presented by the Southern Africa Regional Network)
  • Panel session on “Sustainability and Justice” (presented by the Asia Pacific Regional Network)
  • Panel discussion on “The impact of COVID-19 in Human Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (presented by the Latin America Regional Network)
  • Session on “2020/21 Pandemic issues: European Asian economies” (presented by the East Asia Regional Network)
  • Roundtable discussion on “Community Conversations – addressing deprivation of capabilities during Covid” (presented by the Europe Regional Network)
  • Workshop on “Using the impact evaluation to empower African communities” (presented by the Francophone West Africa & Madagascar Regional Network)
  • Closing Session: “What type of governance to build back safer, fairer and greener?” (jointly organized with HDCA and the Human Development Report Office)

In addition, the HDCA Graduate Student Network is accepting applications from students to submit a brief presentation of their research that will be made available for viewing and commenting on the event platform. Those who are interested should fill in this form to submit your 300-word abstract.



  • 20 August 2021: Deadline to submit an abstract at google form link above
  • 1 September 2021: Receive confirmation whether or not your abstract has been accepted
  • 10 September 2021: Submit a 7 – 10 minute video presentation OR a poster based on your research
  • 20-30 September 2021: Your video/poster will be shown during the HDCA Global Dialogue, with the opportunity for feedback


  1. Sufficient capabilities / human development content
  2. Clarity of the research question and methods
  3. Clarity of the results and interpretation

For more information about the HDCA Global Forum 2021, please contact the HDCA Administrator, Kathy Rosenblum (admin@hd-ca.org)