The World Community Development Conference “From the Edge” is being held in Darwin, June 2023.

This conference is hosted by the International Association for Community DevelopmentJeder Institute, and Australian Community Workers Association, who are excited to invite you to join them in Darwin  – the place of the world’s oldest living culture. Inspiring Communities is excited to support the conference. We’d love to see lots of Kiwis travelling to Darwin to our share Aotearoa’s community development stories and gather insights from others working in community around the globe. We’re also keen to connect Kiwi attendees heading to the Conference so we can support each other’s mahi.

Funding opportunities for travel to Darwin

Getting New Zealanders To Darwin – Enabling Connections! Inspiring Communities has been gathering information from the Aotearoa end. To be kept up to date with information about the IACD World Conference in June 2023, including potential funding sources and support for Kiwis wanting to travel and present, and to connect with others going to the conference, please pop your details into the form linked below.

Conference registration

There are a variety of pricing options to attend the conference.

Early bird registration closes on the 31st of December 2022.

Invitation for Presenters

The conference will feature both submitted and invited sessions that address the conference theme ‘Community, Connection, Culture’. Conference organisers strongly encourage sessions that are from, or about, “the edge” and invite community representatives, practitioners, policy makers and academics at all levels to share knowledge, expertise and experiences. Submissions for international submissions has been extended to Dec 14th 2022.

The Vision of the “From the Edge” 2023 Conference is Deepening the connection to community and culture

The Conference has clear guiding principles:

  • Honouring the spirit and wisdom of First Nations People and radical inclusion of diversity
  • Provocative action: Moving forward by bringing together the past, shared stories and current strengths
  • Valuing the local: Local people know local places, histories and aspirations
  • Being good ancestors: Leave only footprints – on the land and in hearts, minds, souls.
  • Positive change: With open heart and will being ready to change our own minds and actions now, for a better future together by sharing stories from the Edge

Reasons to Attend 

“From the Edge” is a rare and unique opportunity for Aotearoa New Zealand and Pacific practitioners, participants, academics, policy makers, and funders to share perspectives with global colleagues  – especially on current contexts, challenges and successes for community-led development. This conference was last held ‘down under’ in Brisbane in 2009. 

The 2023 Darwin conference will embrace global First Nations communities, share cutting edge practice wisdom from different parts of the globe  and enable dialogue on rights-based community development. It will bring together the local, national, and international, with around 600 delegates from Australia and over 20 countries across the globe. With many opportunities for creative engagement, it will not be your usual conference.  

Practice Exchange

After the conference, delegates have the opportunity to participate in a Practice Exchange  –  experiencing community development in action around Darwin. 

Inspiring Communities will provide advice and connections for conference delegates wanting to visit New Zealand. If you have an international colleague who may be interested, please ask them to complete this form and make contact with IC.