About us

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Community development is a practice-based profession and an academic discipline concerned with the organisation, education and empowerment of people within their communities and the International Association for Community Development (IACD) is the only global network for those who work in this field.

We are accredited with the U.N. and have members across the world. If you are a development agency manager, funder, fieldwork practitioner, academic, student or volunteer community activist and would like to connect with other community developers around the world, this is the network for you.

IACD

  • organises conferences and smaller regional events;
  • publishes an international community development magazine and other resources;
  • puts you in contact with national community development associations;
  • runs international study visits and exchange programmes;
  • provides continuing professional training opportunities;
  • has an extensive bank of teaching and learning resources;
  • seeks to influence and respond to international public policies that impact upon communities and the sector;
  • advocates for community development at the U.N. and other international arenas.

Please take a look around the website. And if you are not already a member, do join.

Paul Lachapelle

President

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IACD News

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23 Nov

Update on speakers for the World Community Development Conference in June 2018

Peter Westoby is an Associate Professor in Social Science-Community Development at Queensland...
21 Nov

Member consultation going out on Common International Standards for Community Development Practice

Following adoption of the IACD global definition of community development at the 2016 AGM, the IACD...
19 Nov

Spotlight on community development history – John Benington

As we celebrate our 65th anniversary year, we are going to put the spotlight on some of the key...
17 Nov

IACD Vice President and Chair of CERD speaks at UN Assembly

We reproduce here the statement made by Anastasia Crickley, IACD Vice President and CERD (Committee...

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