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Find out more about community development events, both past and present.

Upcoming Events


2021 Australasian Pacific

Community Development Conference

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Past Events

Sustainably Yours: 

Community Development and a Sustainable Future

2017 Conference

The 2017 International Association for Community Development (IACD) and Aotearoa Community Development Association’s (ACDA) joint Community Development Conference was held in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland from 15-17 February. We were hosted by Unitec Institute of Technology, between their beautiful marae at the Mt Albert campus and the Social Practice department at the Waitakere campus.

The conference brought together community development practitioners from across the world to discuss the application of the UN’s recently-established Sustainable Development Goals. These proceedings are record of that very interesting and enjoyable event, which gave us a space to continue discussing the SDGs. We are grateful to those conference presenters who have developed full papers for the proceedings and for others from the same conference whose work will be appearing in subsequent issues of Whanake.

The full 119 pages of the 2017 conference proceedings are available for you view for free, click below to view!


The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) sets the direction for much of what we do for the next 15 years. Governments, Private sector and Civil Society will all have the opportunity to collaborate on the most ambitious UN program ever.

IAVE the International Association for Volunteer Effort President Kylee Bates visited NZ in 2015 and addressed the sector about the new United Nation SDG’s at a parliamentary breakfast. She explained how both funding and volunteering will be affected by the goals and that they represent a fantastic opportunity to join with others and improve lives and the environment.

Globetrotting Social Entrepreneur, John Stansfield has been studying with other Community Development specialists in India and will present a lively half day workshop on the Goals and what they might mean for your organisation.

John Is former head of Unitec’s department of Social Practice and chairs the International Association of Community Development’s Education committee, he is a founder of the Graduate Diploma in Not for Profit Management and has had a life sentence in the voluntary sector with no time off for good behaviour and precious little evidence of it.