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    IACD is a global network of community development associations, practitioners and activists who are committed to issues of social justice. IACD has over 3,000 members and subscribers worldwide. Learn more about us.

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    IACD connects people to each other, making the world a bit smaller. Join IACD today and start connecting with practitioners and activists around the world!

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    IACD facilitates learning and practice exchange both virtually and face to face. Learn about our activities, such as events, study visits, publications and members' blog in our main menu. 

  • Events

    IACD hosts and co-hosts workshops, conferences and seminars.  Take part in an IACD event or learn more about co-hosting an event with IACD in your area.

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    IACD has consultative status with the United Nations and the International Labour Organisation and works closely with other international and regional bodies. We advocate for community development values, principles and approaches, giving our members a voice at the global level.

The International Association for Community Development (IACD) is the only global network of practitioners and activists working towards social justice through community development approaches. We are a not-for-profit, non-governmental organisation with members worldwide. 
There are so many ways that you can become involved in IACD. If you have a passion for community development, ideas and enthusiasm to share with your local community and with the international community, then please make contact with us – we welcome your participation!
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News and Events

  • IACD is seeking to appoint a Coordinator to work 24 hours per week to take forward its role in promoting, networking and supporting community development internationally.

    This is a challenging role which will both benefit from experience and provide a unique work experience for the successful applicant.  

  • This year's IACD Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place on Wednesday, 11th of June at 13.30 British Summer Time at the University of Glasgow, University Avenue, Glasgow, G12 8QQ, Scotland, UK. 

  • The closing date for registering for our Community is the answer International Conference is the 22nd of May. To book your place for this gathering which will take place in Glasgow on the 9-11 of June, please go to:

  • We are delighted to announce that Education Scotland and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation have confirmed some funding to enable people living and working in the United Kingdom who would otherwise not be able to do so (such as unwaged or low-income volunteers) to attend the conference. Subsidised places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. For more information, contact us:

  • Are you - or do you know - an initiative that works in the field of financial inclusion at community level?

    If you do know of an innovative approach in community-led action for financial inclusion, please complete the short application form available online in various languages. The prize for the winner is to be invited (all costs covered) to participate in the 3-day Community is the answer conference in Glasgow, UK (9th-11th June 2014). The winner will have the opportunity to network with a large range of practitioners (more information on, to present his/her initiative and to exchange experiences and knowledge. 

    Application deadline: 27th April 2014 - see all details here

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