2021 Australasia Pacific Community International Development Conference | 27 – 29April 2021 | THEME: Community Development: A Local Expression of a Global Movement | Northland NEW ZEALAND
The 2021 Community Development Conference organised by Aotearoa Community Development Association, International Association for Community Development (IACD) and NorthTec will now take place from 27-29 April 2021 at NorthTec Raumanga Campus, Whangārei, New Zealand.
If deemed unsafe closer to the date, the event will shift to an online event.
With the theme: Community Development: A local expression of a global movement, the event focuses on current issues in Community Development (CD). This includes exploring new and applied research, and innovative practice. In particular, it will reflect on CD responses to major challenges of our age, inequality and climate change as expressed in the 17 Goals Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Further reflections include CD today, the perceived retreat by Government and Local Government from supporting and funding the field, including the loss of education and training programs. Attendees will reflect on the apparent side-lining of Community Economic Development in favour of a colonised version of Social Enterprise.
The conference will also feature the work of IACD guidance “Towards Shared International Standards for Community Development Practice” wanting to bring the standards to life by adding a specific chapter on practice in Aotearoa, New Zealand.
Conference organisers are now seeking abstracts from interested parties for posters, workshops, presentations, and short films. Details of sub-themes and abstract can be viewed at Call for Abstracts and Submissions. Submissions are to be lodged by 25 January 2021.