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    IACD invites you to join us for our next Practice Exchange in India. Our theme is 'Sustainable Communities: integrating social, economic, environmental and cultural aspects of community-led development'.

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

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    IACD held a major international conference in Glasgow in 2014. Find out more on our Community is the answer conference website!

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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. Learn more here.

The International Association for Community Development (IACD) is the only global network for professional community development practitioners. We support development agencies and practitioners to build the capacity of communities, to realise greater social and economic equality, environmental  protection and political democracy. We are a non-governmental organisation accredited with the UN. 
There are many ways that you can become involved in IACD. If you are a development agency manager, funder, fieldwork practitioner, academic, student or volunteer community activist, IACD can help you through our international practice exchanges, events and publications. If you have a passion for effective community development, then please make contact with us – we welcome your participation! Join today and become a part of this dynamic network!




News and Events

  • The latest issue of IACD's Practice Insights is a special edition that looks back at the ‘Community is the answer’ international conference.  This issue summarises key points, reflections and questions which were raised by speakers, workshop presenters and delegates over the course of the four days in Glasgow last year.

  • The Institute of Community Development Practitioners in Nigeria in collaboration with IACD convened a two day seminar in Nigeria, looking at the most pressing issues in community development practice.

    Many of the questions raised echo the discussions and challenges we unearthed through our mapping research. In particular, our Nigerian members and colleagues highlighted the need for governmental support for community development work, and the need to enhance cooperation between practitioners at the national level.

  • IACD invites members to take part in the Sustainable Communities Practice Exchange - a close interaction with some of India’s most skilled community development workers. The theme of this Practice Exchange is: Sustainable Communities: integrating social, economic, environmental and cultural aspects of community-led development.

    Download more information here (click on link to open in new window)

  • During the Community Development Society (CDS) conference that took place in Kentucky USA in July 2015, a Memorandum of Understanding and a Collaborative Agreement were signed between IACD and the CDS agreeing to work together on conferences, publications and other activities that promote the community developement profession internationally. 

    IACD's next biennial conference is to be a joint one with CDS in Minnesota, USA from the 17 - 20 July 2016. The conference will focus upon sustainability and in particular highlight the place for community development practice in addressing the United Nations' new Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's). 

  • This year's Annual General Meeting took place in Edinburgh, UK on the 2nd of July. IACD members and delegates of the Community Development Journal 50th Anniversary Conference attended and it was streamed live online for those who could not be there in person.

    Following a presentation of our recent Mapping Study of community development networks and programmes, the Annual Review and accounts of the year 2014-2015 were approved, new Board members were elected and we said goodbye to Stewart Murdoch, thanking him for his 12 years of service as a Board member. We also took the opportunity to congratulate CDJ on their 50th Anniversary! Click below to see more photos.

  • Community Development is a diverse field with different models of practice.  Despite the important work of CDJ and others, including IACD, in publishing case studies and research, we were not aware of any comparative study to date in this area. While the present IACD exploratory exercise is trying to locate training and education programs and national community development support networks it is presented as a reminder of the depth and breadth that would be of value with a more robust funded effort and would be very keen to partner with others in identifying a clearer picture of the health of the CD field country by country.

    Download the report of IACD's mapping study that was presented at our AGM on the 2nd of July in Edinburgh, Scotland (opens in new window).

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