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Human Development &
Capability Association

Agency, Well-Being and Justice

Donate to the HDCA

The HDCA is a non-profit association dependent on funding from membership dues and donations of generous individuals and institutions. 

HDCA created two funds to make it possible for members, fellows and friends to support the primary objectives of the Association, which are to promote research and policy in the area of human development and well-being.

Proceeds from the Martha Nussbaum Lecture Fund support the biannual Nussbaum lecture delivered at the HDCA conference by a philosopher of standing working on the broad themes that speak to Martha Nussbaum’s work. This fund has been generously supported. 

Our general HDCA Fund supports the work of the Association, including special projects like our new Podcast series and the redesign of our website which provides easily accessible content to early career and senior researchers. We draw on this fund every year to provide early career scholarships for the HDCA conference, specifically for young scholars from the Global South. We also fund our highly regarded annual Summer School established in 2016 for young scholars working with human development and capabilities ideas.

This is what two recent early career recipients of HDCA scholarships had to say:

“My name is Giovana Bigliazzi and I am a PhD candidate in Development Economics at University of São Paulo (USP), Brazil. My current research focuses on evaluating the impacts of the expansion of private health plans in Brazil on various labor market outcomes and firm-level results. The HDCA Conference not only expanded my knowledge but also facilitated connections with fellow researchers. Following the sessions, I initiated a research group with two other young scholars, inspired by ideas generated at the conference. The rich environment for exchange and learning motivated me to explore new topics and forge meaningful academic connections. The HDCA support was crucial, considering the substantial costs associated with travel and accommodation, particularly departing from Brazil. As a graduate student, covering such expenses personally is often challenging, and I am sincerely grateful to the HDCA for making my participation in this conference possible. This experience has been transformative both professionally and personally, fostering my academic growth. I am confident that the knowledge and connections gained will significantly contribute to the advancement of my research and, consequently, the academic community I am part of.” 

“I am Isaac Mcneill, a Māori PhD student from New Zealand currently studying in Thailand. My thesis topic is the nexus of self-determination, social justice and capabilities for Tapuika (my tribe) in Aotearoa. As an Indigenous student, I believe the capability approach can potentially empower marginalised groups. I would not have been able to afford to participate in the 2023 HDCA conference without financial assistance. The insightful feedback I received during and after the conference was invaluable for my research and I am very grateful to HDCA for the opportunity to participate. The experience broadened my perspective on human development and the capability approach. I made some great new friends, and I expanded my academic network. I returned from the conference with much inspiration and motivation for my thesis. Using some of the insights I gained at HDCA 2023, I aim to submit an article to JHDC.”

Please consider making a donation to the General HDCA Fund to support the work of the association. Donations of any size are greatly appreciated. 

You can donate by credit card on this page (please register or log in first)

Alternatively, send checks made out to Human Development and Capability Association to:

P.O. Box 1051
Brewster, MA 02631

For bank transfers, please contact the Kathy Rosenblum at

All gifts are tax-deductible on a U.S. federal income tax form as a contribution to a non-profit organization.

Thank you for your continuing support.

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