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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

  • Registration will be opening at the end of this month for our July 23-27, 2016 international Community Development Conference,being co-organised with the US Community Development Society in Minnesota, USA. 

    Information will be posted here, on the CDS website and on our Facebook pages.

    Sustaining Community Change: Building Local Capacity To Sustain Development Initiatives 

  • April 1st 2016, sees the start of IACD's new work programme and financial year. At the March Board meeting in New Delhi, the Board of Directors approved the association's 2016-20 forward strategy. This followed four months of consultation with IACD members.

    The new strategy is currently being translated into annual work plans by the Board, committees and team. For the coming twelve months the Board has agreed an ambitious programme of events and resource development,supporting members and the field to engage with the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

  • By Tony Ssembatya  Makayu, New York 2016

    I first heard of UN Women (The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women) in July 2012 as a Graduate Scholar attending a fellowship at the UN in Geneva. Since then, I got interested in joining and working for UN Women, with an interest for advancing for a fairer and more balanced world. This came to pass in January 2015. I was posted to New York working under the Justice and Constitutional Advisor.  The task of our unit has been to set up a UN Constitutional Database for all Member States. This would imply analyzing Constitutions of Member States and taking a critical look at specific areas such as Citizenship and Nationality, Women in Judicial Participation, Gender Nationality Laws.

    This Database which is being designed in partnership with several agencies, will enable State parties with means to keep track of their efforts to create a more balanced and favorable world for Women.

  • This roundtable discussion is being organised in order to share and learn from the voices of community development practitioners and is part of IACDs sustainable communities Practice Exchange in India and, the first of several regional roundtable events IACD is running around the world in 2016.
  • Report from the IACD Training and Professional Development Committee chair, John Stansfield

    Last August about forty CD professional trainers and practitioners from around the world, attended a half day workshop on community development education and training in Lexington Kentucky, USA. It was held just prior to the CDS annual conference.

    IACD and CDS members Ron Hustedde, Bjorn Peterson and John Stansfield coproduced this workshop. And IACD President, Charlie McConnell and Vice President, Randy Adams, presented the findings of IACD’s international mapping exercise of qualifying community development and training degree programs around the world.

  • Esther Farmer writes: As one of IACD’s UN representatives, I went to a UN meeting on Feb. 2, sponsored by the Commission on Social Development. The meeting was on Rethinking Social Development in light of the Sustainable Development Goal’s. (SDG) It was attended by global NGO’s.

    The UN is putting more emphasis on NGO's which are called "civil society,” in UN parlance. Meetings are more interactive which is positive. Some of the conversation was on how to make asset based change. The community development sector has a lot to offer this conversation in light of our expertise in asset based community development. Of the two breakout sessions I attended, one on poverty and the other on gender inequality, there was some interesting dialogue. In the poverty session, a participant from Quebec City in Canada told us about a new initiative there where the city has declared that poverty is illegal. Instead of criminalizing poor people, this initiative seeks to make it the responsibility of government that if a family is poor, government must take steps to change the situation. It's a complicated process but an interesting experiment and an innovative way to view poverty, especially in the global north. The dialogue on poverty and assets led to the following feedback.

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