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 among people and organizations working in development, human rights and humanitarian aid. Today the Dgroups Foundation continues this work, the focus on effective online communication is at the heart of what we do. We welcome new partners and collaborators who share our vision. 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 we work with

  • 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

What we offer

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


The Foundation is managed by a Board.

If you wish to get in touch with us, 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.