The global definition for community development was finalised by the IACD board in June this year. Since then the Oxford journal of Community Development and others have picked it up and extended its reach.
The definition is as follows:
“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“.\
Further information can be found on the IACD website