Dgroups started in 2002 as a project of Bellanet/IDRC (Canada) in collaboration with the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the Institute for Connectivity in the Americas (ICA), the International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD), OneWorld, the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). As the number of partners increased, it was agreed that an independent legal entity was needed to support the initiative.
In 2009, the Dgroups Foundation was established in the Netherlands as a non-profit foundation, which now comprises 20 Partner organizations.
Core product lines/offerings
- Access: Make development communities, knowledge and expertise accessible [via a ‘family’ front end that gives intelligent access to dispersed technical locations]
- Brokerage: Provide advice, guidance and negotiated access to appropriate third-party online solutions/platforms [offering multiple platforms through a single ‘collective’]
- Capacity: Deliver experience-based learning, mentoring, coaching, training and support for effective online collaboration and advocacy [drawing on expertise in the partnership, provide help on tried and tested approaches to online community management]
- Dialogue: Host online discussions and events on international development topics and issues [focusing on bigger overarching issues; drawing expertise from the partnership and drawing on dedicated joint or new or existing COPs]