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  • Welcome

    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!

  • Link & Learn

    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!

  • 2014 Conference

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

  • UN updates

    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

  • Delegates who attended our Community is the answer International Conference that took place in Glasgow in June 2014 are sending virtual postcards to keep in touch! To read their news and send your own postcard to other delegates, go to:

  • Charlie McConnell, IACD President

    At its October 2014 meeting, the international Board of IACD agreed to set up a task group, chaired by Vice President, Stewart Murdoch, to map, country by country community development training programmes and national networks that support development practitioners. This will be funded as a legacy from the Community is the answer Conference, held in Glasgow in June 2014. Research interns will be appointed in December, to undertake the research mapping, which we hope to complete by July 2015. 

  • Delegates at the Community is the answer International Conference were asked to let us know what they enjoyed about the event, how they are applying the learning as well as building connections made in Glasgow. To see the results, go to:

  • IACD is delighted to welcome Anna Chworow, our new Coordinator this month.  Originally from Poland, she has lived in Scotland for the past 8 years. Anna has worked both with local community initiatives and organisations with an international focus. She is a contributing author at Global Voices and a board member at Take One Action - a cinema project engaging audiences around issues of global concern. She holds a BSc in Social Sciences, and her particular interest lies in popular education approaches.

  • “Community is the answer” will take place in Wellington, New Zealand on the 21st of November and is a local extension of the international community development conference held in Glasgow in June. For more details, and to register for this seminar, view the PDF below.

  • IACD Board member, Randy Adams and member, Esther Farmer, joined representatives of non governmental organisations from around the world at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from the 27th-29th of August where they discussed the post-2015 development agenda to follow-on from the Millennium Development Goals.

    It is our hope that community-led approaches will be included in the next stage of the agenda which include Sustainable Development Goals. Please find attached the Declaration that came out of the recent conference (click on Read more below). We will keep you posted of any further developments!

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