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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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    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.

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

  • Development Support Team, India facilitates the Community Leadership Programme for international groups and volunteers, who come with the purpose of understanding the community development practices in India through orientation sessions and field visits. The orientation sessions include inputs on the community development principles and field visits which enhance their understanding of the processes related to community organization, promotion of people’s organizations and gender issues

    Development Support Team, India (DST) and Centre for Social Response, Australia celebrated their 20th Anniversary Community Leadership Programme (CLP) in November 2015. This journey of CLP had was the brainchild of three friends Mike Dendle and Anthony Kelly (Tony) from CSR, Australia and Mini Bedi from DST, India came together to brainstorm on the methodologies that could be used to understand Community Development process and the role of leadership in such initiatives. DST and CSR have continued to organize CLPs for the last two decades, provideing this exposure to over 500 volunteers, including two together with IACD in 2011 and 2012 (see more about our study visits here)

  • We are delighted to announce that Paul Lachapelle will become the association’s new President from July 2016. And that Anastasia Crickely and Muhammad Bello Shitu, will become our new Vice Presidents. They will shadow our existing President and Vice President over the coming six months until Charlie McConnell and Randy Adams retire from the Board. Below are statements from Paul, Anastasia and Muhammad.

  • It is with sadness that we have heard that the Community Development Foundation (CDF), England's national development centre for community development and engagement, and a member organisation of IACD, is to close this April. 

    Andrew Robinson, CDF's chair said ..."At the end of the shutdown there will be substantial resources and assets to distribute in line with CDF’s governing document and charity law. Trustees are currently embarking on a process of identifying the likely recipient/s of these".  This will include transferring its reserves, intellectual property and, possibly, programmes and products to another organisation or organisations.

  • 2016 could be the year when governments around the world will recognise more than ever the need to invest in community development. The news from Paris last week, that all countries are signing up to tackle climate change and, their earlier adoption of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), looks set to make 2016 the year when governments recognise once again the need to harness community development approaches as part of the solution.
    If community development as a discipline did not already exist, now is the time when it needs reinventing. The urgent need for adaptation and mitigation measures, to enable local communities, especially those most vulnerable, to become better prepared and resilient to address climate change and, to deliver on the SDGs, requires the technical expertise that community development professionals can bring. 
  • IACD is launching our pilot series of webinars. Our first on-line seminar will be with Dr. Cornelia Flora - the Emeritus Distinguished Professor at the Department of Sociology, Iowa State University. She will discuss the subject of Community capitals and migration.

  • As the 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21) takes place, we feel it is important to add our voice to the global climate justice movement calling for divestment from fossil fuels and investment in effective long-term solutions to climate change. In consultation with our members, we have produced a statement outlining our position on climate change, together with a set of recommendations. 

    We recognise that climate change will have profound impacts on communities with the likelihood of negative consequences affecting those most vulnerable. In particular, we are concerned with the “Vulnerable Twenty”  (V20) representing close to 700 million people from 20 countries around the globe that are most vulnerable to climate change – low and middle income, least developed, arid, isthmus, landlocked, mountainous and small island developing countries from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Pacific.

    We call for more action and investment in policies that support community resiliency and low-emissions development with significant attention to individual and organizational capacity-building related to addressing community vulnerability and adaptability.

    Please view the full position statement here.

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