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    IACD invites you to join us for our next Practice Exchange in India. Our theme is 'Sustainable Communities: integrating social, economic, environmental and cultural aspects of community-led development'.

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    Join us for a Practice Exchange programme in India in March 2016 and a conference in Minnesota in July 2016. Find out more in upcoming events!

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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 Community Development Society (CDS) and International Association for Community Development (IACD) are hosting a joint Conference in Bloomington, Minnesota in July 2016 with the theme: Sustaining Community Change—Building Local Capacity to Sustain Community Development Initiatives. The Call for Abstracts is now open!

    Community Developers are change agents. We work to help inform, facilitate, plan, develop, and implement activities and projects to make a positive impact on communities. How do we ensure desired change happens? How do we determine impacts and outcomes of community change? How do we, as researchers and practitioners, help sustain positive change in communities over time?

  • At IACD, we believe that debating and holding policy positions is an integral part of our work. In the recent months we created a Policy Committee to engage our members in these critical conversations, and to influence international, regional and national public policy agendas.

  • IACD invites members to take part in the Sustainable Communities Practice Exchange - a close interaction with some of India’s most skilled community development workers. The theme of this Practice Exchange is: Sustainable Communities: integrating social, economic, environmental and cultural aspects of community-led development.

    Please note that the deadline date for applying to this programme is now 30th October, 2015

    Download more information here (click on link to open in new window)

  • More than 150 world leaders are expected to attend the UN Sustainable Development Summit from 25-27 September at UN headquarters in New York to formally adopt an ambitious new sustainable development agenda. This momentous agenda will serve as the launch pad for action by the international community and by national governments to promote shared prosperity and well-being for all over the next 15 years.

    You can find out more, download a fact sheet about the 17 sustainable development goals and even watch the summit live on web TV on IACD's website!  

  • The latest issue of IACD's Practice Insights is a special edition that looks back at the ‘Community is the answer’ international conference.  This issue summarises key points, reflections and questions which were raised by speakers, workshop presenters and delegates over the course of the four days in Glasgow last year.

  • The Institute of Community Development Practitioners in Nigeria in collaboration with IACD convened a two day seminar in Nigeria, looking at the most pressing issues in community development practice.

    Many of the questions raised echo the discussions and challenges we unearthed through our mapping research. In particular, our Nigerian members and colleagues highlighted the need for governmental support for community development work, and the need to enhance cooperation between practitioners at the national level.

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