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Practice Insights Issue 4: Community is the answer

This special edition of Practice Insights (click to open in a new window) looks back at the ‘Community is the answer’ conference – an international event jointly organised by IACD and CLD Standards Council for Scotland in June 2014. 

This issue summarises key points, reflections and questions which were raised by the speakers, workshop presenters and delegates over the course of the four days we spent together in Glasgow. Many of the presentations and supporting papers which formed the basis of this edition of Practice Insights can be accessed freely on the Community is the answer conference website.

While the significance of the personal connections forged during the event is difficult to convey, we hope this publication gives a sense of what was shared, and the photographs may give a feeling for the comradeship which evolved.

If you are interested in contributing to future editions of 'Practice Insights' please contact Anna Chworow.

Practice Insights Issue 3: Community Resilience

Published Winter 2014

The third issue of ‘Practice Insights’ explores the theme of community resilience. What are the benefits of community resilience, and how to foster it? What is the role of community resilience in face of disaster, and in everyday life? We discuss this, and much more, in the Winter edition.

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Practice Insights Issue 2: Community Empowerment

Published Spring 2013

This second issue of 'Practice Insights' focuses on community empowerment, and includes articles from countries such as Australia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, Portugal and Scotland.

"What these articles highlight is that 'community empowerment' is a dynamic and diverse concept.... that refers both to the processes and practices needed to ensure participatory development and to the need to ensure that structures and institutions are enabling and supporting opportunities for community-led development..." (from the Editorial by Ingrid Burkett)

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Practice Insights Issue 1: Poverty and Community Development

Published Autumn 2012

This is the first in IACD's series of 'Practice Insights' publications, each focusing on an issue of particular importance in community development, as identified by our members.

This collection of articles offers a range of experiences, based on varying perspectives and approaches from around the world, exploring community development strategies to tackling poverty and inequality. 

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Saving: the forgotten half of microfinance?

This document sets out the case for considering both income and asset inequality in discussions of poverty; explains why financial institutions as well as policymakers should do more to encourage saving by low-income people; and sets out some of the innovative work being done around Europe to develop, test and disseminate new approaches to asset building.

The paper was produced by IACD in collaboration with partners in the Indigo asset building network and the European Microfinance Network, supported by the Levi Strauss Foundation.