Conference report Participation, power and progress: Community development towards 2030 — our analysis, our actions World Community Development Conference, Maynooth, Ireland, June 25-27, 2018

The conference was a collaboration between Community Work Ireland, CWI, the International Association for Community Development, IACD, and the Department of Social Studies Maynooth University (http://www.wcdc2018.ie). The setting was the spectacular Maynooth University campus set in historic Maynooth town, Ireland’s only university town, in County Kildare. The conference organisers had done a splendid job of … Continue reading Conference report Participation, power and progress: Community development towards 2030 — our analysis, our actions World Community Development Conference, Maynooth, Ireland, June 25-27, 2018

Rethinking the true impact of voluntourism in line with new community development standards

Abstract The volunteer tourism market now represents over $2 billion annually but its impact is not yet adequately understood. Studies that have considered the impacts of voluntourism on host communities have had some significant limitations as well as having very mixed findings, highlighting both the potential benefits but also the cost of this increasingly popular … Continue reading Rethinking the true impact of voluntourism in line with new community development standards

Creating a Profession in Fits and Starts

By Charlie McConnell In 1977, I became a community development educator teaching at a higher education institute (later absorbed by the University) in Dundee, a city on the East Coast of Scotland, which, this year, plays host to the World Community Development Conference. Scotland was the place to be. The Labour government had just published … Continue reading Creating a Profession in Fits and Starts

On Community Development Education

By Ron Hustedde The community development field continues to grow across the globe. It is argued that this expansion is rooted in three factors: devolution, the subsequent growth of non-governmental organizations, and the revived interest in community and the politics of place and interests. Community development can be defined by solidarity and agency. Solidarity is … Continue reading On Community Development Education