The DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Human Development (CoE-HUMAN) was established in 2014 and is the only Centre of Excellence established in the human and social sciences. It takes human development to be the processes, on an individual and social level, towards fulfilment, not only of basic needs but of values including freedom, security, achievement and belonging. From this point of view, human development refers simultaneously to the development of individuals across their lifespan from conception to death; inter-generational development through families, and socioeconomic development of individuals and groups through interactions with, among others, state provisions and supports. Like other DST-NRF Centres of Excellence it was established to pursue research excellence by focusing existing research excellence, capacity and resources to enable researchers to collaborate across disciplines and institutions on long-term projects that are locally relevant and internationally competitive. The four thematic areas of the CoE-Human intend to bring together individual and social perspectives on human development. They are:
- Life-course development,
- Inter-generational development,
- Socioeconomic development, and
- Transformational development.
The Centre is under the directorship of Prof Linda Richter