International task force to map community development training programmes and national networks

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. 

Read more on the IACD website.

Community development standards: Phase 2: the revised draft

The Federation for Community Development Learning (FCDL) are holding meetings on the occupational standards for community work on 13th November (in London) and 28th November (Leeds).

FCDL is working with partners across the UK to review the Community Development National Occupational Standards (CDNOS). The standards describe what a person needs to do, know and understand to carry out good quality community development practice, and they can be used in many ways. The first phase of the review went well, and there is a draft set of revised CDNOS ready for consultation.

Are the revised CD standards easier to use and understand and a more powerful tool for supporting communities?     

Anybody who is involved in community development practice, in any setting or role, is welcome to come along, find out more, and share your views.

Details of the Leeds event will be announced soon on the FCDL website.

Details of the London event are as follows:

Thursday 13th November
10.00am – 1.00pm (with registration from 9.30 am)

London Metropolitan University,
London Metropolitan University, GC1-08, Graduate Centre, North Campus, 166-220 Holloway Road, N7 8DB

You can book a place at the London event here, by emailing Matt Scott:

EVENT: Microfinance: The Better Alternative Conference

30th-31st October 2014

Kingscliff, Australia

Northern Rivers Community Gateway are organising a conference focusing on the benefits of microfinance through financial and social inclusion, economic mobility, working with indigenous communities, developing sustainable community programmes and more.

To take advantage of the early bird rate, register before 31 August here.

“‘Race’, Ethnicity and Community Development” – expressions of interest requested

This is for a proposed book, to be edited by Gary Craig and others, on ‘race’, ethnicity and community development for the series Rethinking Community Development, to be published by The Policy Press, a leading UK social and public policy publisher.

At this stage, the title has been accepted as part of the series, and we are seeking short expressions of interest (100 words) to contribute chapters. Once the chapter outlines have been agreed, then a full proposal will be submitted to The Policy Press for review and final acceptance.

The chapters, which can be drawn from anywhere across the world, will be no more than 6000 words long and should address some aspect of how community development works within a context defined by different ethnic groups, cultures and/or religions.

Although many countries have had a mix of ethnic groups within their borders for thousands of years, one of the major social and economic trends of the post Second World War period has been the increasing globalisation of migration. This has led to many countries now having countries in which there is a mix of minority populations alongside a settled majority, all generally defined in terms of their ‘race’ or ethnicity. There has been no publication to date which has addressed the role that community development might play in addressing work across ethnic boundaries.

Contributions might include work of the following kinds:

1. Work within specific minorities (e.g. capacity building or empowerment work)

2. Work with specific types of migrant: (e.g. with refugees, economic migrants or particularly excluded groups such as Gypsies)

3. Work with migrants within specific ‘industrial sectors (e.g. migrant domestic workers)

4. Work between minorities/migrant and majority communities

5. Work in situations of conflict (e.g. interethnic work)

6. Work to assert the rights of First Nations people.

If you are interested in contributing to this publication, please send a note with your organisational affiliation and a summary of the proposed content of the chapter – at this stage no more than 100 words – to as soon as possible. He will acknowledge your interest and let you know as soon as possible if he thinks it will fit the proposed publicatio.

“A chance to reassess the relation between the commons and community development”: Kevin Harris on ‘Commons Sense’

Kevin Harris has written an enthusiastic response to the recent Special Supplement on the commons:

“The collection helped me appreciate how so many of the arguments and warnings about threats to the commons were offered by Ivan Illich years ago. It also gives us all a chance to reassess the relation between the commons and community development: could we have the latter without the former?”

You can read more on his blog.

Free Special Supplement: “Commons Sense: New thinking about an old idea”

Commons announcement imageWe’re delighted to announce that articles from the Community Development Journal Special Supplement on “the commons” are freely available for anyone to read on a permanent basis. With contributions from internationally influential scholar-activists, the supplement contains a series of critical reflections on the current blossoming of new interest in this old idea.

The special issue can be found in full on the Oxford University Press website.

Mary McDermott

Learning from The Wealth of the Commons: a review essay
Mae Shaw

The commons, the Battle of the Book and the cracked enclosures of academic publishing
Órla O’Donovan

An Urban Commons? Notes from South Africa
Richard Pithouse

The water is ours damn it! Water commoning in Bolivia
Alexander Dwinell and Marcela Olivera

Playing, praying and preying: cultural clash and paradox in the traditional music commonage
Fintan Vallely

The commons: a brief life journey
Massimo De Angelis

Green politics and the republican commons
Derek Wall

Commons against and beyond capitalism
George Caffentzis and Silvia Federici

No commons without a community
Maria Mies

Community and commons: The role of community development support in sustaining the commons
Frank Van Laerhoven and Clare Barnes

From imagination to action: building a commons movement from the ground up: an interview with Julie Ristau and Alexa Bradley
Tom O’Connell

Commoning in the new society
Gustavo Esteva

EVENT: Community Development Society Annual Conference

20-23 July 2014

Dubuque, Iowa, USA

Scholarships are available for the Community Development Society (CDS) annual international conference.

The CDS Endowment was established as a sustainable fund to help members in a variety of ways, from attending the organisation’s annual international conferences to enhancing the quality and diversity of their programs to supporting student research.

The CDS Endowment Fund will distribute up to four scholarships in 2014 to CDS members and student members to support academic efforts, research projects, or presentations.

Applications close on 30th April.

More information can be found on the CDS website.

EVENT: Community is the answer

9th-11th June 2014

Glasgow, UK

Registration for the IACD conference Community is the answer is now open.

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.

Book your place as a full 3-day delegate or day delegate here.

Early bird booking rates apply. Discounted places are available for members of IACD and for practitioners in Scotland registered with the CLD Standards Council.