International Centre for Community Development

ICCD was launched in November 2010

ICCD was launched in November 2010.  It is an inter-disciplinary university centre in the Faculty of Applied Social Sciences. This centre is unique in bringing together a range of practice-led research and professional work under-pinned by the values and principles of a community development approach.

Community development is a long–term value based process which aims to address imbalances in power and bring about change founded on social justice, equality and inclusion.

The process enables people to organise and work together to:

  • identify their own needs and aspirations
  • take action to exert influence on the decisions which affect their lives
  • improve the quality and sustainability of their own lives, the communities1 in which they live, and  societies of which they are a part.

The core values of community development practice relate to

  • Equality and anti-discrimination
  • Social justice and human rights
  • Collective action
  • Collective empowerment
  • Working & learning together

The ICCD is built around these core values and brings together researchers, practitioners and students who embrace these principles in their work.

Internationally and building on our staff and student diaspora links we work in five countries:

  • Bangladesh
  • India
  • Kashmir, Pakistan
  • Sierra Leone
  • Rwanda

Some of ICCD’s activities extend to Jamaica and Zimbabwe. ICCD’s international working model is founded on collaboration between the centre, a partner Higher Education institute and a local community-based organisation. The specific activities ICCD pursues internationally are informed and guided by our collaborations which ensures the centre remains responsive to and shaped by the needs, voices and experiences of people at the grass-roots.

In the UK ICCD has a signed MOU with Community Sector Coalition. The partnership between ICCD and CSC will ensure that our work in the UK is responsive to the grass-roots but also open up opportunities for our students to participate in community development initiatives, find a platform from which to voice their concerns and pursue interests. 


  Page last updated : : 28 Apr 2011