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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

  • Nearly 500 delegates from 32 countries came together in Glasgow this June, to consider "what is our common wealth?" and to celebrate community-led action around the globe. Over three and a half days, a lively crowd of community members, activists, practitioners, researchers and policymakers explored how community development approaches catalyse and sustain change.

  • It is with great honour that I take over as President of IACD from Ingrid Burkett. Ingrid was an inspiring and hard working advocate for our association for several years. The culmination of Ingrid's leadership was our highly successful international Community is the answer conference held in Glasgow, Scotland in June (materials and learning from the conference will be appearing soon).

    I have been a member of IACD since the 1970s, first joining its Board 25 years ago and being responsible for the transfer of its HQ from Belgium to Scotland in 1998. I stood down from the Board ten years ago because of work commitments, first running a Foundation and then an international college. So it was with huge pleasure that on retirement last year I was able to rejoin the Board and have now been elected its President.

  • The winner of the European Financial Inclusion Network Award 2014 for Community-Led Financial Solutions is the Italian Savings Revolution: CaF Futuro from Turin!

    For more information about the award, applicants and winner, click here and watch a video clip from the savings revolutionaries in Turin!

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