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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20 Sep

Only ten days to go to secure the Early Bird rate for the World Community Development Conference next year.

World Community Development Conference 2018 Participation, Power and Progress: Community...
18 Sep

Are we now ready for an international forum for professional Community Development educators?

In 2015 IACD launched the findings of an international survey that attempted to map...
16 Sep

Check out IACD’s daily community and international development news from around the world

Each day we post current news items from around the world about community development issues from...
16 Sep

The Scottish Government is bringing forward a new socio-economic duty for the public sector.

This duty means that key public bodies - like local councils and the National Health Service - will...

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Please visit the IACD Facebook site for daily news updates on community and international development from around the world.