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Human Development &
Capability Association

Multi-Disciplinary and People-Centred

Conversations with Human Development Practitioners

Practitioners Roundtable at the HDCA 2022 Global Dialogue Day

Practitioners fulfill a crucial role in bringing about the opportunities people value and in realizing human development in diverse localized contexts. In this panel, four practitioners from government, NGOs and the UN discuss how they engage with and apply a human development framework in their work to bridge the divide between research and practice. The panelists offer experiences drawn from their practice and share insights on these key questions:

  • How does one operationalize human development, human security, and/or the capability approach?

  • What are some successful experiences of bringing the Human Development Capabilities Approach into practice?

  • What are other practical alternatives to GDP and income poverty measures in assessing the diverse aspects of people's well-being and how do they compare from a practitioner's point of view?

  • How do successful practitioners translate the academic vocabulary and concepts in Human Development into their work?


John Hammock, OPHI/SOPHIA; previously Oxfam America, ACCION International

Andreas Valenciano Yamuni, Ex-Minister of Foreign Trade, Costa Rica/Harvard; previously Instituto Nacional de Aprendizaje, Central American Healthcare Initiative (CAHI), Fundación Acción Joven in Costa Rica 

Gabriele Köhler, Independent Development Economist/UNRIS; previously UN-ESCAP, UNCTAD, UNDP, UNICEF

José Manuel Roche, Independent Consultant/OPHI; previously Save the Children, Care, Oxfam and World Vision, and advisor for World Bank, UNDP, UNICEF, ECLAC, Asian Development Bank.

Organized by the Early Career Researchers and Practitioners Network (ECRPN) Coordinators. For further inquiries, please contact

duration: 87 minutes
film date: September 19, 2022

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