Inspiring Communities is the reference point for community-led development in Aotearoa, New Zealand. We have a large number of resources that will help you. There’s tools, frameworks, in fact a myriad of material that we have developed as well as international resources we’ve collected for you to use.

About CLD

Community Led Development provides a framework for acting on what matters locally. It’s an approach that empowers local people to work collectively with one another and with other groups and organisations that have a stake or role in that place.   CLD helps mobilise local community action, effort and potential. It can also be an effective… Read more »


Growing the leadership of everyone This resource provides ideas, examples and reflective questions from a Leadership as Learning framework developed from community research in Aotearoa. We acknowledge in particular Margy-Jean Malcolm’s expertise in putting this together. The Inspiring Communities team were key research contributors, sharing what they were noticing about leadership in CLD spaces and… Read more »

IC Publications

Over the years we have written extensively about Community -led development. As the reference point for community-led development in New Zealand we are intent on building on international and local practice-based evidence to share and grow expertise here so all communities benefit. Our publications provide both theory and practice, they tell stories; sharing what is working and… Read more »

Our favourites

This section covers projects, initiatives and communities that we have been – or are – working with. We have captured our expertise, our experience alongside the knowledge of others to help you help your community flourish.