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Community Development Alliance Scotland

New Global Definition for Community Development


IACD’s Board has adopted a new Global Definition for Community Development, after consultation with members. It is encouraging members to promote the new definition worldwide. It is intended to combat the tendency for community development to mean ‘all things to all people’:

“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”.


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