Department of Rural and Community Development to co-sponsor the World Community Development Conference 2018.

WCDC 2018

The World Community Development Conference 2018 will take place from 24-27 June in Maynooth University, Kildare and is co-sponsored by the Department of Rural and Community Development.  The Conference is organised by the Community Work Ireland in association with Department of Applied Studies, Maynooth University and the International Association for Community Development (IACD).

The Conference will provide a unique opportunity for practitioners, participants, academics, policy makers, funders and other stakeholders to share perspectives on current contexts and challenges for community work.  It aims to –

  • Promote better cross sectoral dialogue and shared understanding of the issues which community development is engaging with in Ireland and throughout the world;
  • Further develop relationships between all stakeholders;
  • Strengthen capacity among practitioners and policy makers to measure impact and outcomes for communities from community development;
  • Increase solidarity; and
  • Increase national and international profile for community development.

Key speakers at the Conference

Mary Robinson                 President of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice

Dr Peter Westoby           Associate Professor in Social Science – Community Development.

Visiting Professor at the University of Free State, South Africa, and

Director of Community Praxis – a non-profit cooperative based in Australia

Anita Paul                           Director of Pan-Himalayan Grassroots Development Foundation

To download the WCDC 2018 information booklet click here.