A rich tradition of commitment to
global diversity

We learn from our history and we are excited about our future.
Join us and become part of that future together.

 

History

In 1986, a group of committed OD professionals from over 13 countries saw a need for a network that was truly global in nature, outlook and values. They helped establish an inclusive, decentralized and participative association which is committed to the expansion of OD practices in countries around the globe. IODA strives to embody, in practice and structure, the values of OD:

  • Annual conferences are hosted by a different country, in a different continent every year, highlighting what OD looks like in practice within the unique cultural and historical context of the host country;
  • Conferences typically offer participants a chance to give back to the local community;
  • Scholarships are offered in order to build a more representative network;
  • Diverse worldviews are expected, respected and explored.

Since its founding, IODA Conferences have been hosted in the following countries:

  • 1987 Poland
  • 1988 U.S.A.
  • 1989 Germany
  • 1990 Venezuela
  • 1991 Philippines
  • 1992 England
  • 1993 South Africa
  • 1994 Spain
  • 1995 Israel
  • 1996 Peru
  • 1997 Hungary
  • 1998 Kenya
  • 1999 U.S.A.
  • 2000 Thailand
  • 2001 Germany
  • 2002 Chile
  • 2003 Russia
  • 2004 Nigeria
  • 2005 Mexico
  • 2006 Netherlands
  • 2007 Canada
  • 2008 Ghana
  • 2009 India
  • 2010 Hungary
  • 2011 Australia
  • 2012 Mozambique
  • 2013 Peru
  • 2014 Japan
  • 2015 U.S.A.
  • 2016 India
  • 2017 South Africa