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Human Development &
Capability Association

Multi-Disciplinary and People-Centred

Regional networks

The HDCA does not have formal regional chapters. There currently exist, however, six regional networks that maintain informal ties to the HDCA:

For a description and contact persons see below.

Francophone West Africa & Madagascar Network

Francophone West Africa and Madagascar have a strong, but informal, Regional network that extends to various countries such as Cote d'Ivoire, Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso and Madagascar. There areabout 10 scientists in each country interested in Human Development and the Capability Approach. However, the network is still an informal gathering of like-minded people who interact to explore these topics for their own writings.The next objective is to formalize and consolidate this network in order to organize Regional Conferences.

Contact person: Barbara Ky (, Research Associate at the International Research Unit Resilience, Institute of Research for Development (IRD), France

Latin American Network

Alcadeca stands for Asociacion Latinoamericana y del Caribe para el Estudio de lasCapacidades Humanas. It has met regularly every two years since 2006. To date, the main activity of the association is the organization of its bi-annual conference. Previous conferences have been organized in Mexico City (2006,Universidad Iberoamericana), Montevideo (2008, Universidad de laRepublica),  Porto Alegre (2010, Pontificia Universidad de Rio Grande doSul) Buenos Aires (2012, Universidad Lomas de Zamora), Lima (2014, Pontificia Universidad Católica delPerú).

Contact person: Andrea Vigorito (, Universidad de la Republica, Uruguay

Asia-Pacific Region

The Asia-Pacific Region Network is a new network that aims to bring together capability researchers and practitioners within the region. At present we have colleagues based in Thailand, Indonesia, Aotearoa/New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, and Tonga working in a number of areas including: indigenous issues, poverty, environment, participatory methods, education. Our aim is to create capability conversations within the region by organising seminars and workshops, and to establish (at some point) an annual regional capability conference. We also hope to establish development ethics and human development courses across the region.

Contact people:
Pacific: Krushil Watene (, Massey University, New Zealand
Asia: Mandy Yap ( ), Australian National University, Australia
Jonathan Kilgour, (, Australian National University, Australia

South Asia Network

The HDCA South Asia Network aims to bring together researchers and practitioners who take an interest in the topics of human development and capability approach in the region and includes researcher either working in or on any one or more of the nine South Asian countries, namely, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. With the support and guidance from HDCA, the network’s primary role is to assist with communication between the researchers in the region, to disseminate relevant information – or assist with organising - complimentary activities such as programmes, courses and trainings on human development and the capability approach, workshops/meetings, and any other events in line with the demand of the members of this network.
The network's facebook group:

Contact people:
Hippu Salk Kristle Nathan, PhD (, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, India;
Tawheed Reza Noor, PhD (, Unnayan Bhabna (A home of learning and knowledge building), Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Southern African Network

The South African Regional Network is an informal association of passionate colleagues who are exploring the reach ofthe Capability Approach in their various sectors. For now there is a focus onhigher education and social justice and also the water sector but we hope toexpand the reach of the CA into other sectors. The Regional Network recentlyhosted Martha Nussbaum through the NRF Chair of Higher Education and HumanDevelopment at the University of the Free State.  We are hoping todevelop a country seminar series where we explore the applicability of the CAwithin the Southern African context. We will also seek ways to extend our reachinto the SADC region and to attract the attention of scholars and policy makersin the Region as a whole. We currently have Master’s and Doctoral studentsworking on the CA from Cameroon, Kenya, Malawi, Lesotho, Rwanda, South Africanand Zimbabwe and a number of research projects using human development and theCA as a theoretical framework for empirical investigations.

Contact person: Jacqueline Goldin (, Centre of UNESCO Chair in Groundwater at the University of the Western Cape  

North American Network

The North American Network aims to bring together scholars (both students and professors/researchers) and practitioners of development with an interest in human development and the capability approach. Newcomers and experts originating from or working in Canada, Mexico and the United States are all welcome to join the network. Our hope is that webinars, conferences, workshops and other fruitful collaborations will be advanced through the network.

Contact person: Lori Keleher, Lori is an associate professor of Philosophy at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico. She is an At-Large member of the Executive Council of the Human Development and Capability Association, and the Vice President of the International Development Ethics Association (IDEA). She is also the co-editor of the Routledge Handbook of Development Ethics (2018), and of Agency and Democracy in Development Ethics: Essays in Honor of David A. Crocker (2019). 





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