When working at the community level in South American countries, the term of Community Development is not frequently used. However, in the challenge of reducing poverty and social exclusion, South American countries have a significant contribution in social movements for sustainable development and remarkable community development professionals. For the reason that other parts of the world wish to learn from the South American region, we want to develop a stronger and active regional network within IACD.

In July 2017 Ursula Andrea Harman Canalle (ursula.harmancanalle@uq.net.au) from Peru, was elected as one of two Board members and Directors for South America. The second place is vacant and we would be pleased to receive nominations to become a Board member and Director from any fully paid up IACD member in South America. If you are interested in putting your name forward or in nominating another South American member, please contact Ursula directly and she will explain the nomination process and tell you more about IACD’s work generally and plans to expand our membership across the region. And if you are already an IACD South American member, or wish to join the association and would like to share your work internationally on our website or through IACD’s magazine Practice Insights, please contact the IACD President, Paul Lachapelle at paul.lachapelle@montana.edu

We are also VERY keen in looking for new members and Country Correspondents that let us hear about community development type work in South America and to share this globally. The IACD Regional Director(s) for South America want to work hand in hand with Country Correspondent as strategic collaborators in the consolidation of the community development network in the South American region. For doing so, we have prepared a Strategic Plan. The purpose of this Strategic Plan is to provide a forward agenda in South America that contains longer term strategic direction for the region of South America and planned levels of short to medium term activities.

Vision

IACD’s vision for the South American Region is to integrate the community development approach within the region.

Mission

The mission is to develop an active South American regional network who works for community development.

Priorities for the South American Region

  1. Increase the engagement of IACD members in South America through the role of Country Correspondents.
  2. Develop a vibrant knowledge exchange culture among IACD members within the region.
  3. Generate an international visibility of the South American region on IACD’s social media and publications.

Key Actions to Address Strategic Priorities

  1. Increase the engagement of IACD members in South America through the role of Country Correspondents:
    • Identify development activists, practitioners, academics and organizations that are interested in to potentiate their areas and fields of knowledge through IACD and encourage them to lead IACD in their countries as strategic collaborators.
    • Organise regular meetings with the Country Correspondents to discuss about new ideas and insights for the consolidation of the national and regional networks in South America.
    • Update the IACD Strategic Plan for South America in coordination with the Country Correspondents and through the consultation of the membership within the region.
    • Respond to the Country Correspondents requests for information about IACD.
  1. Develop a vibrant knowledge exchange culture among IACD members within the region:
    • Share community development theory and practice with and between IACD members.
    • Facilitate regulate discussions of problems and methods across different areas and fields of knowledge.
    • Foster learning interactions between IACD members in similar areas and fields of knowledge.
    • Propose the organization of study visits and face-to-face learning events in South America.
  1. Generate an international visibility of the South American region in IACD’s monthly e-bulletin, social media and publications:
    • Search for community development news items and events in line with the IACD’s guiding principles.
    • Coordinate with Country Correspondents to select community development news items and events in line with the IACD’s guiding principles.
    • Collaborate with articles for Practice Insights and/or encourage other experts to write articles for the IACD magazine.