About us

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Community development is a practice-based profession and an academic discipline concerned with the organisation, education and empowerment of people within their communities and the International Association for Community Development (IACD) is the only global network for those who work in this field.

We are accredited with the U.N. and have members across the world. If you are a development agency manager, funder, fieldwork practitioner, academic, student or volunteer community activist and would like to connect with other community developers around the world, this is the network for you.

IACD

  • organises conferences and smaller regional events;
  • publishes an international community development magazine and other resources;
  • puts you in contact with national community development associations;
  • runs international study visits and exchange programmes;
  • provides continuing professional training opportunities;
  • has an extensive bank of teaching and learning resources;
  • seeks to influence and respond to international public policies that impact upon communities and the sector;
  • advocates for community development at the U.N. and other international arenas.

Please take a look around the website. And if you are not already a member, do join.

Paul Lachapelle

President

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SHARE YOUR WORK WITH AN INTERNATIONAL READERSHIP

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IACD News

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22 Jun

Asset Based Community Development in the Asia Pacific regions

IACD is delighted to be forging closer links with the Asset Based Community Development movement in...
21 Jun

Is Community Development professional training too academic?

Three years ago, IACD commissioned a brief research survey to find out how many undergraduate...
13 Jun

National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals adopts IACD’s definition of community development

We are delighted to report that at its annual conference and business meeting today in Montana, the...
12 Jun

Call for nominations to the IACD International Board

IACD is governed by an international Board of Directors of up to 14 elected members and up to 6...

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