Sustainably Yours: 
Community Development and a
Sustainable Just Future!

Proceedings of the ACDA and IACD 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 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.
  Upcoming Events
Breakfast with Max Rashbrooke
Author of 'Inequality a New Zealand Crisis'

Monday 31 July 7.30am – 9am.

Waitakere Community Resource Centre

8 Ratanui Street, Henderson.

Proudly brought to you by Community Waitakere in partnership with Unitec and Aotearoa Community Development Association (ACDA).

This will be a great chance to hear an update from Max on his current work and thinking, looking in particular at wealth in NZ, who gets it, and who keeps it.

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The future of our communities and our community development in the future.

Hamilton City Council and Aotearoa Community Development Association, ACDA are hosting a workshop to bring together local government community development staff and the community development practitioners they work with.

This event will be held at the Western Community Centre on 46 Hyde Ave, Nawton, Hamilton on Friday 18 August from 11am - 2pm, and will include a light lunch. It will be an interactive event and a preparation pack will be sent to registrants.

Register now by emailing
ACDA and Hui E! will be hosting a workshop on the 8th of August in Wellington.

Recent Events

Focus group.  Community Waikato 20 July

Hui E! and Unitec joined on a research project to find out what behaviours and 
processes contribute to quality funding relationships.

This is research for social change and it is about addressing the imbalance of power between funding bodies and NGOs, and allowing the development of more healthy and respectful relationships. A research instrument will then be designed so that community organisations can, with complete confidentiality, rate the funders with whom they interact against these indicators.

The data will be analysed to produce a set of league tables which will be published and enable funders, to receive very valid and direct feedback on their performance. 

During our Waikato session we were able to introduce the project which helped design the research by playing an interactive card game which informed the project about funding issues, relationship with funders and priorities.
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