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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.

Community development is a practice-based profession and an academic discipline that promotes participative democracy, sustainable development, rights, economic opportunity, equality, and social justice, through the organisation, education, and empowerment of people within their communities, whether these be of locality, identity, or interest, in urban and rural settings.

The International Association for Community Development (IACD) is the only global network for professional community development practitioners. We are accredited with the UN. We have members across the world. 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. Join today and become a part of this dynamic global network!




News and Events

  • Having now moved to our new office in Glasgow, Scotland, we are having a short summer break. The office will re-open on 1st September 2016.

    Our new address is:

    The International Association for Community Development 
    c/o The Scottish Community Development Centre
    Suite 305, Baltic Chambers, 
    Wellington St, 
    Glasgow G2 6HJ

  • IACD in partnership with the European Community Development Network, Community Work Ireland and Community Development Alliance Scotland.

    Community Development for Sustainable Development 
    Placing Community Development Values and Practices at the Heart of the Sustainable Development Goals 
    November 8th 2016 10.00am – 4.30pm, Glasgow, Scotland

  • Start planning now for the upcoming IACD/ACDA New Zealand conference! Taking place in 2017, details found at the link below:

  • On behalf of all members of IACD in Nigeria, you are invited to attend the fourth meeting of IACD members in Nigeria. The meeting will be followed by the 3rd National Community Development Practitioners’ consultative conference/workshop that will include all interested persons that would like to join IACD or are involved with community development practice in Nigeria. You are therefore invited to join colleagues from all over Nigeria in strengthening Community Development practice and professionalism.

  • IACD has produced a simple PowerPoint that highlights what community development projects are already doing to address the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals around the world. Feel free to use this presentation to let partners in your country know that 'without community development there is no sustainable development'.
    Our thanks to John Stansfield, IACD Oceania Director for producing this.
  • Attached below is the PowerPoint presentation we made to over 150 people who attended this year's AGM in July. Also attached is the auditor's approved Financial Accounts Report which includes information on our work over the past twelve months and on the association's finances. Please enjoy.

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