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 conference themes of Sustainable Community Development and Agenda 2030 are now firmly established as driving an international movement. This will continue to be explored in Whanake, Practice Insights, the IACD magazine, and the IACD 2018 conference in Ireland next June. We look forward to continuing this journey together and to the many promising opportunities to learn and build the service of community development.