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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 connects people to each other, making the world a bit smaller. Join IACD today and start connecting with practitioners and activists around the world!

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    IACD facilitates learning and practice exchange both virtually and face to face. Learn about our activities, such as events, study visits, publications and members' blog in our main menu. 

  • Events

    IACD hosts and co-hosts workshops, conferences and seminars.  Take part in an IACD event or learn more about co-hosting an event with IACD in your area.

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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.

The International Association for Community Development (IACD) is the only global network of practitioners and activists working towards social justice through community development approaches. We are a not-for-profit, non-governmental organisation with members worldwide. 
There are so many ways that you can become involved in IACD. If you have a passion for community development, ideas and enthusiasm to share with your local community and with the international community, then please make contact with us – we welcome your participation!
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News and Events

  • Nearly 500 delegates from 32 countries came together in Glasgow this June, to consider "what is our common wealth?" and to celebrate community-led action around the globe. Over three and a half days, a lively crowd of community members, activists, practitioners, researchers and policymakers explored how community development approaches catalyse and sustain change.

  • It is with great honour that I take over as President of IACD from Ingrid Burkett. Ingrid was an inspiring and hard working advocate for our association for several years. The culmination of Ingrid's leadership was our highly successful international Community is the answer conference held in Glasgow, Scotland in June (materials and learning from the conference will be appearing soon).

    I have been a member of IACD since the 1970s, first joining its Board 25 years ago and being responsible for the transfer of its HQ from Belgium to Scotland in 1998. I stood down from the Board ten years ago because of work commitments, first running a Foundation and then an international college. So it was with huge pleasure that on retirement last year I was able to rejoin the Board and have now been elected its President.

  • IACD is seeking to appoint a Coordinator to work 24 hours per week to take forward its role in promoting, networking and supporting community development internationally.

    This is a challenging role which will both benefit from experience and provide a unique work experience for the successful applicant.  

  • The closing date for registering for our Community is the answer International Conference is the 22nd of May. To book your place for this gathering which will take place in Glasgow on the 9-11 of June, please go to:

  • We are delighted to announce that Education Scotland and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation have confirmed some funding to enable people living and working in the United Kingdom who would otherwise not be able to do so (such as unwaged or low-income volunteers) to attend the conference. Subsidised places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. For more information, contact us:

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