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“.