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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

  • To mark International Women’s Day on 8th March, we are inviting the IACD network around the world to initiate and host conversations (with colleagues, friends or community members) exploring the question of gender equality. In an informal setting, we’re asking you to consider community-led solutions to gender inequality. Please see the attached guidelines for more details. Lessons learned from this exercise will be collated and shared on Monday 9th March.

    We look forward to sharing a global conversation with you!


  • IACD and the CLD Standards Council will be publishing the next issue of the ‘Practice Insights’ as a Community is the answer conference report and we would like all delegates to contribute to this publication! Please send us your reflections on the presentations, workshops and field visits you attended, the connections you made, and the key moments, learnings or questions you took away from the conference. If you were one of the presenters, please share with us a synopsis of your paper or workshop. We also want to capture the feel of the event: your memories of the ceilidh and the spurtle, the graffiti wall, and the grassroots comics. Finally, we would welcome any photographs and images you have of both the conference, and the work you do in your own communities.

    Although we might not be able to include all of the contributions in their original form in the publication, they will inform our final summaries and reflections and will also be included on the Community is the answer website. Please email your contribution by the 22 February 2015 to: 

  • Since 1966 the Community Development Journal (CDJ) has been the leading international journal in its field, covering a wide range of topics, reviewing significant developments and providing a forum for cutting-edge debates about theory and practice. It adopts a broad definition of community development to include policy, planning and action as they impact on the life of communities. We particularly seek to publish critically focused articles which challenge received wisdom, report and discuss innovative practices, and relate issues of community development to questions of social justice, diversity and environmental sustainability.  The Journal is published four times a year and is circulated in over eighty countries.

    The CDJ’s current Editor plans to stand down as of January 2016. To ensure continuity and handover, and following a selection process in spring 2015, new editorial arrangements will be set in place by July 2015.  Between July 2015 and January 2016, it is anticipated that the current and incoming Editor(s) will work in parallel in order to ease the transition and passing on of roles.

  • Today, it is particularly important to express our solidarity with and gratitude to the communities on the frontlines of this struggle, and those who support them. It is also important to remember these communities are joined by millions of others who also struggle in similar ways...

    Read Anna's blog here:

  • The UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) and UN DESA Division for Sustainable Development (DESA-DSD) are inviting Major Groups, such as IACD, and other civil society stakeholders to submit their official responses to the UN Secretary General's report on the Post-2015 agenda and we would appreciate your assistance in crafting IACD’s response!

    Please send your reflections on the UN's report to:

  • The third issue of ‘Practice Insights’ explores the theme of community resilience. What are the benefits of community resilience, and how to foster it? What is the role of community resilience in face of disaster, and in everyday life? We discuss this, and much more, in the Winter edition.

    Download Practice Insights: Community Resilience here!

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