2018 is the 65th anniversary year of the International Association for Community Development. To celebrate, the organisation has published a special birthday edition of its magazine, Practice Insights.
This issue reflects on the lessons of the past to draw inspiration for the future. IACD members were invited to submit the names of people from around the world whom they felt had shaped our profession since 1953. The criterion was that the people proposed had shaped the profession through their practice, policy, research or writing upon the field nationally and internationally.These submissions informed the wide range of stories and contributions that are profiled in the issue.
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“.
At its October 2014 meeting, the international Board of the IACD agreed to set up a task group, chaired by Vice President, Stewart Murdoch, to map, country by country community development training programmes and national networks that support development practitioners.
This will be funded as a legacy from the Community is the answer conference, held in Glasgow in June 2014.
Research interns will be appointed in December, to undertake the research mapping, which we hope to complete by July 2015.
This major international gathering will showcase community-based solutions to issues of Health, Wealth and Power. It will allow community members, activists, practitioners, researchers and policymakers from Scotland and around the world to come together and explore what actually matters to people – and how to place it at the core of what we do.
The conference takes place in the vibrant city of Glasgow, Scotland, in the run-up to the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
This event will explore some of the most significant local and global questions we face today in the context of the answer: community.
How will we address the challenges of poverty? Of growing inequality? Of the environmental crisis? Of the failure of our institutions?
Community is the answer will showcase community-based solutions from Scotland and around the world. It will allow community members, activists, practitioners, researchers and policymakers to come together and examine what actually matters to people, how to measure it and how to place it at the core of what we do.
The event is a collaboration organised by the International Association for Community Development (IACD), the University of Glasgow and the Community Learning and Development (CLD) Standards Council for Scotland.