About Dgroups

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).

Under the tagline ‘development through dialogue’ it sought to enhance online collaboration and interaction by bringing people together around a technical platform and associated supporting activities. In 2009, the Dgroups Foundation was established to provide an institutional framework to engage dozens of partners in these activities. The Foundation is managed by a Board.

What we do

  • We help you find, facilitate and manage online community spaces or platforms;
  • We negotiate and broker preferential access for our partners to different community platforms;
  • We support online communications, collaboration and dialogue that increase the effectiveness of our collective online experience;
  • We promote links across our partner groups and communities, we connect you to like-minded communities and people doing the same collaborative things as you;
  • And, through Dgroups, our online interactions can achieve more visibility, reach and impact.

Who is Dgroups for?

  • Development organizations and institutions
  • Projects and programs in development
  • Development-oriented collectives, initiatives, campaigns, movements as well as individual champions
  • Investors and enablers in development

The ABCD of Dgroups

We help make development communities, their knowledge and expertise accessible
We provide advice, guidance and negotiated preferential access to third-party online community collaboration solutions and platforms
We help deliver experience-based peer-to-peer learning, mentoring, coaching, training and support for effective online collaboration and advocacy
We host online discussions and events on international development topics and issues

Contact

The Foundation is managed by a Board.

If you wish to get in touch with us about general question on Dgroups, its platform, and partnership, please send an email to foundation[at]dgroups[dot]info.

As well as helping our partners find appropriate community spaces and platforms, the Foundation supports some partners and communities at dgroups.io.