IACD Board approves global definition of Community Development

Following consultation with IACD members, presentation and finalisation of the draft text at the July 2016 Minnesota international conference, the IACD Board has approved a new Global Definition of Community Development.

Community development is a practice-based profession and an academic discipline that promotes participative democracy, sustainable development, rights, economic opportunity, equality and social justice, through the organisation, education and empowerment of people within their communities, whether these be of locality, identity or interest, in urban and rural settings“.

Further information can be found on the IACD website.

Open Access: exploring the issues

How can – and how should – academic work be made freely available to a wider public audience?

In April 2016 the Editorial Board of the Community Development Journal invited UCC librarian Cathal Kerrigan to present on the background to “open access” within academic publishing, plus the strengths, limitations and ethical issues associated with various approaches to this.

Cathal has kindly filmed his presentation for wider public distribution. The video and slides can be seen below.

REPORT: The Changing Landscape of Local and Community Development in Ireland: Policy and Practice

tsrcThis is the report of a conference held in University College Cork, Ireland, in October 2015 to discuss research carried out by UCC researchers and the views of representatives from the wider voluntary and community sector on the impact of both austerity cuts and changes to central and local government funding on the sector.

With the onset of the economic crisis on 2008, a range of austerity measures introduced by Irish Government led to severe cuts in funding to the voluntary and community sector in Ireland.  Accompanying this was an on-going process of policy change since the late 1990s, linked to Government attempts to align the sector with central and local government priorities and agenda. The latter culminated in the passing of the Local Government Reform Act 2014, which attempted to bring the community and voluntary sector under greater local and central government control, and included the introduction of competitive tendering for service contracts established by the State, in place of grants for community sector organisations.

Issues raised by the research and discussed at the conference included the implications of such changes for collaboration and co-operation in the sector in an atmosphere of increased competition for resources, community development as a method of work, the independence of the sector, and notions of participative democracy and grassroots engagement.

A copy of the conference report is available here.

 

EVENT: Building Bridges: Mobilising communities in times of conflict

ukraine revolutionSeminar:
Experiences from the U
kraine

Thursday 23rd June 2016

University of Birmingham, UK

Oleksandr Pidhonyy
Nataliya Drozd
(Centre Dobrochyn, Chernihiv)

Seminar Room 710, Muirhead Tower
3.30pm – 5pm

This event is free to attend but places are limited. To book contact Angus McCabe: a.j.mccabe@bham.ac.uk

Event supported by the Community Development Journal

New Editors for the Community Development Journal

Keith PoppleMae Shaw

 

 

 

 

We’re delighted to announce that in 2016 the Community Development Journal will be edited by veteran CDJ Board members Keith Popple and Mae Shaw.

In their first editorial – for Volume 51, Issue 2 of the journal, which is available now to subscribers – Keith and Mae thank outgoing Editor Mick Carpenter for his considerable contribution.

“We commence this, our first Editorial as CDJ Co-editors, by thanking our predecessor Professor Mick Carpenter for the excellent work he undertook over the last six years as Editor of the Journal. Editing a major international journal like the CDJ is a complex task, and our readers have greatly benefitted from Mick’s diligent, focused and strategic approach to the role. It is to his credit that the CDJ has become more influential in the field and remains the leading international community development journal and is in an excellent position to address the challenges of the future. Mick remains on the Editorial Board so we will all continue to benefit from his contribution to the Journal”

50 years of the Community Development Journal

CDJ logo50th Anniversary Edition of the Community Development Journal available for FREE until
14th February
 

For the past 50 years, since 1966, the Community Development Journal (CDJ) has been the foremost journal in its field and remains so today as recognised, among other things, by its current impact factor score of 1.174.

 

To celebrate this impressive record of publication Oxford University Press (OUP) are proud to publish the 50th Anniversary Issue edited by Mick Carpenter, Akwugo Emejulu and Marilyn Taylor: ‘What’s New and Old in Community Development?‘. The articles in different ways address the legacies of the past and community development’s continuing relevance to  present and future challenges. A central issue addressed is the extent to which neoliberal globalization has in the 21st Century narrowed the scope and possibilities for community development based on principles of social justice and collective change. The articles demonstrate that the potential to subvert neoliberalism remains, and assert the continuing significance of the state as a vehicle for progressive social change.
 
In addition to the Editorial Introduction by Mick Carpenter, Akwugo Emejulu and Akwugo Emejulu, there are stimulating articles by Marjorie Mayo, Sue Kenny, Akwugo Emejulu and Edward Scanlon, Peter Westoby and Kristen Lyons, Silla Marie March Sievers, Suyoung Kim, Jacob Lesniewski and Ransin Canon, and Jenny Harrow and Tobias Jung. In addition Martin Mowbray reviews Cynthia Cockburn’s Classic Text The Local State and Matthew Scott’s Review article reviews recent texts on wealth and inequality.

 

RESOURCES: CDJ 50th Anniversary Conference

DSCF0334We were delighted to welcome delegates to Edinburgh at the beginning of July for the CDJ 50th Anniversary Conference: Why Community Development? Continuity and Innovation.

In the spirit of widening participation, we will be gradually uploading resources from this event – including presentation slides, video and critical reflections –  to CDJ Plus in the coming weeks.

We’ve already got some initial materials up on our new dedicated page:
50th Anniversary Conference.

Please do keep checking back to see what else we’ve added!

EVENT: CDS 46th Anniversary International Conference

19th-22nd July 2015

Lexington, Kentucky, USA

Registration for the Community Development Society’s Conference on “Creativity and Culture: Community Development – Approaches for Strengthening Health, Environment, Economic Vibrancy, Social Justice and Democracy” is now open.

Full details can be found on the CDS website.

Early bird rate available for those who register before 20th June.

 

EVENT: Commons against and beyond capitalism?

A Thinkery with Silvia Federici, George Caffentzis and Anne B. Ryan

Thinkery imageThursday 28th May 2015

University College Cork, Ireland

During the first part of this day-long Thinkery, which will be led by Silvia Federici and George Caffentzis, you will be invited to listen, think and converse with others about anti-capitalist commoning. Based in New York, they are part of an international movement that asserts ‘commons’ can be the seeds of a society beyond state and market.

A long-time feminist and anti-globalization activist, teacher and writer, Silvia Federici’s books include Revolution at Point Zero: Housework, Reproduction and Feminist Struggle (2012) and Caliban and the Witch. Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulation (2004). Founding member of the Midnight Notes Collective, George Caffentzis’ latest book is In Letters of Blood and Fire: Work, Machines and the Crisis of Capitalism (2013). An overview of their perspective on the commons can be found in this article http://cdj.oxfordjournals.org/content/49/suppl_1/i92.full.pdf+html

Learning together about the commons will continue in the afternoon, but here the focus will be on actual and emergent commoning in Ireland. Discussing her work on the radical concept of ‘enough’ and her practical experience of Community Supported Farming, this will include a contribution from Anne B. Ryan. She is the author of Enough is Plenty: Public and Private Policies for the 21st century (2009).

There is no charge for participation but booking in advance is essential. Please book by emailing Órla O’Donovan at o.odonovan@ucc.ie.

The event follows on from Commons Sense – A Thinkery on the Commons held in Kimmage Centre for Development Studies in 2014 and addressed by Gustavo Esteva, Mexican post-development theorist and commoner. A video of that event can be watched here and a transcript of the conversation can be found here.

10.00am – 4.30pm, Thursday, 28 May 2015

CACSSS Seminar Room (ORB G27), University College Cork

This event is organised in association with the Community Development Journal, University College Cork, UNIDEV and Kimmage Development Studies Centre.