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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 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. And take part in our international mapping study!

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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 Annual Review for last year's activities and accounts is now available to download here (opens in a new window). This will be presented to our members at IACD's Annual General Meeting on Thursday 2nd of July.


    The third meeting of IACD members in Nigeria will take place on the 6-7 August 2015. The meeting will be followed by the 2nd National Community Development Practitioners’ consultative workshop that will include all interested persons that would like to join IACD or are involved with community development practice in Nigeria.

    Colleagues from all over Nigeria are invited to participate in either the meeting and workshop sessions or present papers on any of the workshop sub-themes. The main theme of the workshop is "Issues in Community Development Practice in Nigeria".

    This event is being organised by IACD Regional Director for Africa, (South Sahara), Prof. Muhammad Bello Shitu, ICEADA and the Institute of Community Development Practictioners (ICDP) and will take place in Kaduna, Nigeria.

    For more information, please download the attached document below or contact Prof. Shitu directly:

  • This year's AGM and Mapping Presentation will be broadcast live, giving our members the opportunity to listen in and even send in your questions and comments from anywhere in the world during the event on the 2nd of July from 6pm - 7.30pm (British Summer Time).

    The link to the audio stream is

    To be able to chat and send your comments, you will need to create a Mixlr account or sign-in via Facebook. This is the first time we are facilitating this so please bear with us if we're experiencing technical difficulties!

    We look forward to you joining us whether in person or online!

  • IACD is in the process of planning our next practice exchange event in India, in March 2016. This will be a combination of field visits, seminars and facilitated reflection, and will be open to IACD members only. If you wish to be kept informed about this event, please e-mail us at

  • The zero draft of the outcome document for the UN Summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda is now posted on the UN DESA Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform - download the PDF.

    For more UN updates go to:

  • IACD has the privilege of presenting the initial results of our mapping studies at the Community Development Journal’s 50th Anniversary conference. The presentation, combined with our Annual General Meeting, will take place on Thursday, 2nd July 2015, 6.00-7.30pm at the MacDonald Holyrood Hotel, Edinburgh, UK. Our discussion will focus on patterns emerging from the research, lessons learnt and challenges encountered. This event is open to CDJ conference delegates and IACD members (contact to register your attendance).

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