‘My dream would be a multicultural society, one that is diverse and where every man, woman and child are treated equally. I dream of a world where all people of all races work together in harmony. Each of us, as citizens, has a role to play in creating a better world for our children.’

– Nelson Mandela –

Community development is a recognised method by international institutions such as the UN. It is, however, both a way of working and an occupation. While architects, musicians and other professionals may employ the method, there are also trained community development professionals.

From Corinne’s experience around the globe, she realised that community development is better known in English speaking countries (especially Australia and Canada) and could be transferred to Gemeinwesentwicklung (Germany) and Socialcultural Animation (Switzerland and France). There is also a slight difference between community development and international community development.

#strengtheningcapacity #connection #effectiveness

International Community Development is about life. It is about the complexity of human behaviours in groups who share common values, goals and interests. It is about linking the personal experience, with the communal needs and international politics. It is about looking at the economic, social, cultural, environmental and political systems we live in and their interplay. It is about valuing what is, while finding solutions for a more harmonious life through capacity building and empowerment with a focus on strengthening independence and freedom.

#empowerment #participation #buildingbridges

The International Association for Community Development brings together different community development practitioners in a global network and offers more information around the approach and common values.


  • Certificate Community Music and Global Cultural & Politics, University of Arts, Switzerland
  • Taught international community development methodology and methods to master students at the University of Westminster
  • Advocated as member of the Amnesty International Children’s Rights Network Committee in London for child rights and protection
  • Presentation at the workshop on women’s bargaining power and economic development, Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, 2011
  • Interviewee on the studies on international community development, University of Applied Science Lucerne, 2010
  • Advised on youth programming, community development and wellbeing for the public and private health sector in West Africa and particularly Burkina Faso
  • Stipend and certificate as only selected European for a course on qualitative and quantitative research methods in HIV, reproductive and sexual health and gender-based violence, renowned University of Witwatersrand for health studies, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Stipend and certificate for the first GIZ/DAAD Summer School on Action Research & Sustainable Habitats, renowned Tata Institute for Social Sciences, Mumbai, India