Engaging and trying to influence the global public policy agenda is a central role of IACD and holding position statements is an integral part of our work.  In 2017 the Board decided to merge its Policy and International Committees, but to retain their remits.  The committee consults members on the development of a policy position and advocates for our policy position in international arenas such as the U.N.

The Committee is responsible for overseeing the development of IACD’s position statements on subjects of relevance to the community development field. In addition, the Committee will also explore opportunities for organising events relating to public policy development and expanding our policy-related activities at national, regional and international level.

In the period from 2015-18 the Committee will focus upon three priorities:

  • enhancing the voice and expertise of grassroots communities and community development agencies in delivering the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals;
  • enhancing the quality of training and continuing professional development support for community development workers at fieldwork and management levels;
  • convincing the governments, inter-governmental bodies and non-governmental funders, of the multiplier value of the investment in community development programmes and in the networking of practitioners, in terms of realising more active, empowered and skilled local communities.

For the coming year 2017/18 the Committee shall:
1 continue to build awareness of the SDGs and their potential for practice among
community development workers, practitioners and organisations
2 develop IACD’s strategy for ongoing work on and critique of the SDGs and their
3 engage with appropriate international UN civil society coalitions working on the
SDGs towards strengthening our contribution to the High Level Forum and other
instruments monitoring their implementation
4 identify and begin to work with a small number of relevant global interests of members
5 development relations with the UN civil society sections responsible for relations with civil

Membership consultation is an integral part of developing a new policy statement.  If you are interested in joining this committee, please contact the IACD President at info@iacdglobal.org

For more information about the roles and responsibilities of the Policy Committee, please click here and to download the detailed description of the position statement development process click here.