The CDRA has had to put its Biennial Practice Conference on hold and will not host it this year. We do this with great reluctance as we are conscious that it has become a unique and highly valued opportunity for development practitioners to come together to creatively explore key aspects of practice. It is particularly difficult for us to break the two year cycle at a time when we are so acutely aware of the need for creative development practice and the constraints it is facing.
Those who have attended over the past six years are valued members of the CDRA extended community. We will miss this opportunity for meeting and sharing. In coming to the decision to put the Biennial on hold we are fired by the challenge to be creative and find new ways of hosting such spaces in the future.
We are opening ourselves to new thinking. We have realised that we need to do a significant re-think from cost, purpose and practice points of view.
There might be possibilities of collaborating with others to host it jointly. We are open to doing it in different places and in different ways. Please let us know if you have any thoughts or ideas about how we can continue to build and support the community of practitioners committed to pursuing innovative practices that are more effective in addressing the challenges of our time.