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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 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

  • IACD President Charlie McConnell writes:

    As readers of the IACD e-bulletin and of our website will know, over several months IACD has been participating in the UN NGO consultations on the soon to be approved Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's). Following the IACD Board's decision in 2014, to focus more of our work around highlighting and promoting the role of community development in mobilising and supporting local communities, we have been liaising with the UNs SDG team to look at ways of raising awareness of the key contribution that grassroots development work can make.

    We are in discussions with the UN to plan an IACD convened round table event in early July (date to be confirmed) at the UN in New York. They have proposed that we organise a side event during the next session of the high-level political forum (HLPF), to be held from 26 June to 8 July. That session will look at how the HLPF will be able to carry out its functions, including reviewing the implementation of the post-2015 development agenda. We hope to be able to confirm the date of the round table soon. 

    For further information on the post-2015 process and the HLPF, please visit the UN SDG website:

  • Stuart Hashagen, Chair of EUCDN, writes:

    Formerly the Combined European Bureau for Social Development, the European Community Development Network (EuCDN) is a membership organisation, with the members being lead national-level community development organisations in their respective countries. These countries are: Belgium (Flanders), Czech Republic, Hungary, Ireland, Norway, Poland, Romania, Spain (Catalunya), Sweden, UK (Scotland), Ukraine (joining 2015).

    This year we are pleased to be having friendly and fruitful discussions with colleagues in IACD and are looking forward to sharing information and ideas in future, possibly collaborating on initiatives to strengthen community development.

  • IACD members living and working in Scotland will be meeting in April in Glasgow. This event provides an opportunity to learn about the experience of the Govanhill Baths Community Trust. After lunch there will be a conversation cafe with various local groups as well as a chance to share and get to know each other! Non-IACD members are also welcome to find out more about the association.

    Register online now:

  • We are delighted to have had nearly 40 practitioners from Nigeria, Poland, Canada and the UK taking part in our conversation café about gender equality. 

    We are struck by the common themes emerging from our discussions: the need to educate both men and women about gender inequalities, and the importance of working with the younger generation to achieve long-lasting change. We are also heartened by the resolutions taken by participants in Nigeria: for each person to support at least one female member of the family/community to transform her life for the better; and to regularly organise this form of conversation on gender equality.

    Please see our summary for more detailed reflections on this issue (opens in new window).

    Many thanks to those who took part: Glasgow Women’s Library (UK),  Institute of Community Development Practitioners (Nigeria), Inclusive Community Education & Development Association (Nigeria), Falkland Centre for Stewardship (UK), and Zero Waste Scotland (UK).

  • IACD and the CLD Standards Council will be publishing the next issue of the ‘Practice Insights’ as a Community is the answer conference report and we would like all delegates to contribute to this publication! Please send us your reflections on the presentations, workshops and field visits you attended, the connections you made, and the key moments, learnings or questions you took away from the conference. If you were one of the presenters, please share with us a synopsis of your paper or workshop. We also want to capture the feel of the event: your memories of the ceilidh and the spurtle, the graffiti wall, and the grassroots comics. Finally, we would welcome any photographs and images you have of both the conference, and the work you do in your own communities.

  • Since 1966 the Community Development Journal (CDJ) has been the leading international journal in its field, covering a wide range of topics, reviewing significant developments and providing a forum for cutting-edge debates about theory and practice. It adopts a broad definition of community development to include policy, planning and action as they impact on the life of communities. We particularly seek to publish critically focused articles which challenge received wisdom, report and discuss innovative practices, and relate issues of community development to questions of social justice, diversity and environmental sustainability.  The Journal is published four times a year and is circulated in over eighty countries.

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