Localis: Place matters: How communities in England are changing

This report from neo-localist think tank Localis outlines some of the key trends shaping three distinct communities (market and new towns, urban north and rural communities) now and, in the future.

"Four times a year, figures outlining the country’s economic performance are published. Sometimes the bulletins bring good news, sometimes they bring bad news, yet national measures matter little when they seem out of step with local circumstance. In Sheffield, for instance, the economy has in recent years had a similar trajectory to Greece’s. Questions of national GDP are of little significance in a place that has faced a decade-long recession..." Read more of this report on the Local trust website

Local Trust Blog: Gang Violence & Communities

A community development approach to empowering communities affected by gang violence

ESB know that gang violence is something both participants and staff on our endorsed courses are facing in their work. In this blog from Local Trust Big Local reps offer four key ways community development approaches can help empower communities affected by these issues. We are living in times where turbulence is the new norm and parts of our communities feel increasingly pressured by everyday life. There is a growing lack of trust between communities and agencies, exacerbating feelings of insecurity and isolation. In addition, there has been a withdrawal of local services, and a growing gap between ‘decision makers’ and those whom decisions are impacted on. Read the blog article here

For aperspective of how one community in London is becoming empowered by tackling issues around children and young people at risk of knife crime and gang violence here is a blog about East Finchley from one of their Big Local reps: Empowering communities: a Big Local perspective

Towards Common International Standards for Community Development Practice

A draft consultation paper for IACD members – December 2017


This discussion paper has been prepared for IACD members. It aims to provide guidance as to common international standards for community development practice. The paper presents the key themes and areas common across community development practice wherever that practice might take place. It identifies the purpose of professional community development practice, the values that should underpin practice and the key methods used by the practitioner.

In January 2017, IACD wrote to all members of the association to inform them that following the adoption of IACD’s new definition of community development at the 2016 AGM, the IACD Training Committee was initiating work to produce Guidance for members around community development practice. IACD has been working with the CLD Standards Council Scotland to take this project forward over the past six months. CLDS was IACD’s partner in organising our 2014 international community development conference in Glasgow and is the specialist agency in Scotland working in this area, with a track record in the production of CD Standards going back three decades.

The paper explains the background to this project and why IACD feels it would be helpful to the various stakeholders involved in community development – practitioners, trainers, employers, funders, policy advisers and most of all the communities they serve – to be able to present a common international understanding as to what is meant by community development practice. In other words, what it’s all about. At this point in the member consultation, IACD is keen to get your views on this draft Guidance. In light of feedback the intention is to then publish Guidance on a set of Common International Standards for Community Development Practice required by stakeholders working in this field.

John Stansfield
Chair IACD Training, Publications and Professional Development Committee.


World Community Development Conference 2018

WCDC18Participation, Power and Progress: Community Development Towards 2030 – Our Analysis, Our Actions

Maynooth University, Kildare, Ireland from 24 to 27 June 2018

This conference will provide a unique opportunity for practitioners, participants, academics, policy makers, funders and other stakeholders to share perspectives on current contexts and challenges for community work. The conference will encompass cutting edge inputs, papers, creative installations and poster presentations on rights-based community development, addressing and engaging locally, nationally and internationally with key current issues including:

  • Change and transformation
  • Impact and outcomes: Measuring and monitoring
  • The role of state agencies,regional and local authorities
  • Current rural and/or urban challenges
  • International development
  • Community economic development
  • Environmental justice and sustainable development
  • Women’s rights
  • Gender
  • Poverty
  • Migration
  • Racism
  • Indigenous peoples and minority rights
  • Disability
  • Health
  • Community development standards, education and training
  • Community developmentand other disciplines
  • Civil and political rights
  • Economic, social, andcultural rights

Visit www.wcdc2018.ie for special early registration prices and on campus accommodation.


Current Community Development Practice and Learning

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In 2016 the Endorsement and Quality Standards Board for Community Development Learning (England) commissioned an initial piece of research about Community Development activity in England and the opportunities that exist for developing and supporting people involved in their community. We are publishing our findings here.

Teh context for the research was that in 2010 a Government resourced consultation involving a range of key actors from the community development field published an important report entitled The Community Development Challenge (Together We Can). The consultation set out to discern and envisage the future of community development in the UK.  It was noted that Society relies on community development yet the occupation is not well known. Government tends to invest in it unevenly through several funding streams but has no co-ordinated overview. Yet social policies and programmes repeatedly come back to community development as they grapple with the problems of overcoming disadvantage, engaging with residents and making public services work better.

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