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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. 

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    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

  • 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:

  • Are you - or do you know - an initiative that works in the field of financial inclusion at community level?

    If you do know of an innovative approach in community-led action for financial inclusion, please complete the short application form available online in various languages. The prize for the winner is to be invited (all costs covered) to participate in the 3-day Community is the answer conference in Glasgow, UK (9th-11th June 2014). The winner will have the opportunity to network with a large range of practitioners (more information on, to present his/her initiative and to exchange experiences and knowledge. 

    Application deadline: 27th April 2014 - see all details here

  • Community workers, researchers, donors, policy-makers, representatives from government, civil society organisations and community groups met in March 2004 at an international conference "Building civil society in Europe through community development". This was organised by the International Association for Community Development, the Combined European Bureau for Social Development, and the Hungarian Association for Community Development under the patronage of the President of Hungary. 

    10 years later the common statement on community development in Europe that came out of the conference is still relevant. We still believe that community development can play a significant role in addressing poverty and social exclusion, including in situations of conflict and peace-building. Community development is a way of strengthening civil society by prioritising the actions of communities and their perspectives in the development of social, economic and environmental policy. 

  • As IACD looks to its future, we are interested in learning more about about our supporters, what you do in the field of community strengthening, and how we may better connect with you.

    We would appreciate it if you could take a few minutes to respond to this survey. Thank you!

  • Margaret Wheatley, Sir Harry Burns, Vikram Patel and Dr. Richard Holloway are all keynote speakers for our International Conference in June. To find out more, visit:

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