“An ounce of practice is generally worth more than a ton of theory.”
― E. F. Schumacher, Small is Beautiful.
IACD helps people working in community development to make connections with each other and learn from others’ experiences.
We do this by providing forums for focused learning and practice exchange, both on-line and face-to-face.
As part of our professional development programme offer for members, IACD organises study visits for members to interact with each other and learn from other communities’ experiences of organising, development and empowerment.
In 2017 we are running a Practice Exchange visit to the Andes in South America.
In 2016 we ran two Practice Exchange visits. One to India and one to Nepal.
The theme of these was around the UN Sustainable Development Goals and Sustainable Communities: integrating social, economic, environmental and cultural aspects of community-led development. The programme is a combination of field visits, seminars and facilitated reflection, where upwards of 20 community developers, practitioners and scholars from around the world vist projects and practitioners in situ.
These trips are tremendous value for money. We try to keep costs down, but also we try to offer good residential accomodation where the group can spend time together after the field trips to reflect.
For a taste of what an IACD Practice Exchange is like take a look at the Summer issue of Practice Insights magazine, where we have a centre page feature about the India and Nepal visits. The Special SDG issue published in December 2016 also includes an article about one of the visits we made.
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