The Human Development and Capability Association (HDCA) Thematic group on Education has now been added to this blog. Further information about the thematic group can be found at http://www.capabilityapproach.com/Thematic.php?grpcode=thematic2
A significant number of conference papers are now available at http://www.capabilityapproach.com/ConPapers.php [Requires login to download papers]
If you would like to upload your conference paper, please use http://www.capabilityapproach.com/AddPub.php [Also requires login]
I wanted to know if someone else would leave Dehli via Dehli Airport around midnight 13-14 of September. I would like to share a Taxi, so I don't have to go alone at night. Please email me at email@example.com.
The Draft Conference Programme is now available as a pdf on
If there are essential changes, please email the secretariat by Thursday 4 September.
Here are some pictures sent by Sara Bonfanti, working in New Delhi on the preliminary research for the workshop.
UPDATED 1/09/08: There will be 2 pre-conference training sessions this year. Pre-conference training sessions are designed to provide basic background information to people who may not be wholly familiar with the topic, and to refresh the memory of others. This year we have two high profile speakers giving the pre-conference training, and their lectures will be posted on the HDCA website for others to enjoy.
10 Sept 3:30pm: Frances Stewart, Human Development. Frances is the incoming President of the HDCA, and this lecture will be a good background on the history and distinctive lens of human development.
10 Sept 5:30pm: Martha Nussbaum, The Capabilities Approach. Martha was President of HDCA 2006-2008, and, with Amartya Sen, has been a leader in developing the capability approach.
Both sessions will be held in the Indian Islamic Cultural Centre, 87-88 Lodhi Gardens. Participation is free for all registered participants of the HDCA conferences.
Every year before the HDCA meeting we have a Worker Bee Meeting- this is one day (9am to 3:30 pm, 10 Sept), in which EVERYONE is welcome and warmly encouraged to come. It is a day to meet other HDCA members, and to do some of the small tasks that are needed before a conference - to upload documents, put key words in for conference papers, check translations, make signs, and of course eat and talk all the while. So if you are in Delhi early, and don't know anyone, please do turn up! You'll be out in time to attend the pre-conference training sessions by Frances Stewart and Martha Nussbaum.
When? 10 September 2008, New Delhi, 9am - 3:30 pm - including breakfast and lunch.
Where? TBC (ideas welcome)
What? A day to meet HDCA people, to connect and to contribute to HDCA - and have fun.
This is just an update that the HDCA Programme Committee accepted 144 papers and 18 panels, so there will be lots of choice and variety in the HDCA conference!
This Blog entry is to exchange information on the Workshop with Project Why that will take place in the week before HDCA conference. We have already a researcher in New Delhi, Sara Bonfanti, working on the logistics and carrying out preliminary research. Feel free to bring forward any issue here related to that workshop.