Dgroups Foundation

Dgroups Foundation

Development through dialogue


Dgroups enables anyone to engage in dialogue and collaborate for more effective development and social justice 


Dgroups is an international development partnership that brings together the best choice of tools, support, and experience to engage and collaborate effectively online


Dgroups provides simple, effective and affordable solutions, knowledge and expertise for collaboration among organizations, projects, networks and campaigns in international development

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). 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]

How to join Dgroups?

Dgroups is financially supported and managed by the Dgroups Partners. We welcome requests from organisations and projects working in international development cooperation, human rights and the quest for global justice to join Dgroups.

For inquiries and for discussing options interested parties should contact us at foundation[at]dgroups[dot]info.


Dgroups is managed by the Board of the Dgroups Foundation.

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.info

Information on joining Dgroups as a member can be found on this page.