IACD’s lead regional partner in Sub Saharan Africa is the Nigerian National Community Development Practitioners Association, with whom we collaborated on running a  community development conference in 2016.

We have many members in Africa, building upon our previous conferences in South Africa and Cameroons and the development work our Past President from Kenya. There are many other community development type networks and fora in Sub Saharan Africa and we are keen to share their contacts and their work.  Please contact our Regional Directors for Sub Saharan Africa. Muhammad Bello Shittu (shitumbshitu2@gmail.com) and Tony Kimbowa (tonymakayu@gmail.com)

This communique (summary) was issued following the IACD Africa conference, held in Nigeria in October 2016.


The conference had the following objectives:

To provide opportunity for all IACD members to know each other and for recruitment of new members;

To create a platform for promoting the ideals and goals of the IACD in Nigeria and in Sub Saharan Africa in general:

To discuss ways of promoting community development roles of tertiary education institutions:

The conference proper had two plenary sessions and six concurrent track sessions that addressed the theme and subthemes reflecting the papers presented by the participants subsumed under the following headings;  Education and Community Development  Peace, Conflict and Disaster Management  Health Sector, Welfare and Youth Development  Policy Frameworks, Community Change and Faith Based Issues  Community Participation and Voluntary Sector  Innovations, Communications and Extension Support Issues

A total of sixty participants attended the conference/workshop. A total of six papers were presented at the plenary sessions ranging from Community Institutional Engagement, Participatory Policy Development, Agricultural Innovations, and Standards for Community Development Practitioners as well as Community Self – Help Groups. For the concurrent track sessions, a total of forty papers were also presented by participants from different backgrounds.

The various papers presented are summarized below; 1. Community engagement is key to community development 2. Social welfare education is a means for facilitating community engagement 3. Needs Assessment is a necessity for effective community service 4. Human and Physical development, Political will and Non-formal Education were identified as strategies for Conflict resolution 5. Agricultural wastes and raw materials are available in all communities and could be used to increase Agricultural productions 6. Effective primary health care delivery is achievable through community involvement. 7. Media is an effective tool for stimulating community engagement. 8. Legal and statutory regulations are necessary for effective Sustainable Community Development in Nigeria. 9. The use of Information Communication Technology(ICT) resources was identified as a vital tool for facilitate effective communication and trainings in community development 10. Preservation of community cultural heritages is needed for promoting community tourism development.

Additionally, two Mobile Learning workshops were carried out in 2 local communities of Budo Are and Apo of Moro Local Government Area, Kwara State, Nigeria.

Resolutions adopted based on the opinions and views expressed by the participants, the following resolutions were unanimously agreed upon:-

1. The new IACD (2016) definition of community development was adopted.

2. There should be minimum Academic standard for the training of Community development practitioners.

3. Community Development Clubs should be introduced at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels.

4. Higher Institutions of learning should be more proactive in community service mandate by active involvement of students and staff in community development

5. Communities must be actively involved in policy formulation and implementation stages of community development programmes.

6. Lessons learnt from the implementation of the MDGs should be explored for improved and sustainable community development

7. Appraisal of community needs and assets should be encouraged at all levels of community engagements including the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals

8. ICT potentials and skills should be explored in the trainings of community development practitioners.

9. Community Development Practitioners should encourage preservation of community resources for sustainable community development.

10. IACD members should work towards developing the minimum academic standards for the training of the CD practitioners.

11. IACD members should actively be involved in utilizing the existing working groups and social media platforms for strengthening networking and communications among members

12. All higher institutions of learning are encouraged to institutionalize community development in all their programmes and to actively involve catchment communities.