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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!




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  • Practice Insights 5 covers articles on community development practice in Europe, China, India, Oceania and North America. Keep up to date with the lessons from practitioners around the world. To receive your copy of Practice Insights 5 you need to be a full member of IACD.

    Please contact for advice on becoming a member.

  • Without Community Development There Is No Sustainable Development. The Roundtable will focus upon how to build the capacity of vulnerable communities to engage as active partners in meeting the SDG challenge. Keynote Panel speakers from around the world will share their expertise on how they have been engaging vulnerable communities around the SDG challenge.
    From August 1st 2016 our HQ is moving to the following:
    The International Association for Community Development
    c/o The Scottish Community Development Centre
    Suite 305, Baltic Chambers,
    Wellington St,
    Glasgow G2 6HJ
    All other contact details will remain the same.
  • As an association with global interests and impacts, we have expressed our support for the SDGs.  As a result of a four-month consultation process with our Board and membership, we have agreed that support for the SDGs implementation will be our main area of priority over the coming years.

    The purpose of this Position Statement, is to help governments (at all levels), non-governmental organisations, the business and scientific sectors understand that without prior and ongoing community development work, that assists citizens at a local level, together with communities of identity, to participate as active and informed partners in their implementation, the goals will be far harder to reach.

    On Tuesday, July 26, 2016 8:30AM – 9:00AM IACD will be holding its 2016 AGM at the Hilton Minneapolis Airport Bloomington, MN USA. This will be part of our forthcoming joint conference with the US Community Development Society.
    All IACD members and conference participants are warmly invited, but only IACD members will be able to vote.
    1) Annual review of work since June 2015
    2) Approval of annual accounts and financial report
    3) Committee chairs' reports
    4) Election of new President and Board members
    5) Presentation to retiring Board members
    Charlie McConnell
    President IACD

    أيار/مايو 2016


    أعزائي أصدقاء الرابطـة الدوليـة للتنمية المجتمعية،


    بادئ ذي بدء، عليّ الاعتذار لعدم تلقيكم نشرةإلكترونيةEBulletin في آذار/نيسان.لقد كان فريق الرابطة الدولية للتنمية المجتمعية متواجدا في الهند معظم أيام شهر آذاروكان مقرنا الرئيسي مغلقا. طرأت كذلك تغييرات على طاقم الموظفين بمغادرة كل من جاكي أريازا(Jackie Arreaza) وآنا شورو(Anna Chworow) وانضمت للفريق كولم مونداي (Colm Munday) كأمينة عضوية مؤقتة لدينا، ويتوجب علينا توظيف موظف جديد قبل شهر أيلول. إذا كان لديكم أي استفسارات عامة بخصوص العضوية، عنوان البريد الإلكتلروني لكولم هو:


    لذا فإنني أرسل لكم هذا الشهر النشرة الالكترونية EBulletin على شكل خطاب إلى الأعضاء كافة. أحد الأسباب (التي تدعونا لذلك) هو أننا نريد التواصل مع الأعضاء بانتظام.


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