Why Dgroups?


  • Would you like the option to create a new discussion group in less than three minutes?
  • Do you need to run a small or large, public or private discussion group?
  • Would you like to run a discussion on email, with an automatic online archive of discussions?
  • Is limited bandwidth a concern for some of your participants?
  • Would you like to be part of a bigger development community?

If you have answered Yes to any of the questions above, then Dgroups is probably a good solution to your needs.

What is special about Dgroups

  • Dgroups is more than a tool: it’s a long standing, successful development initiative, like few others. 20+ organizations putting resources together. You want to be part of it and be associated with it!
  • Accessibility and basically no learning curve: if you want to facilitate networks across multiple countries, email is the killer app as it’s (almost) always accessible, and nobody is exclude
  • Users don’t have to create an account on another platform, they have the email and that’s enough!
  • Website is an add on to the email list – for archiving discussion, see other members profiles etc. so each network potentially has a micro-site that’s on the web, they can be found etc…at no additional costs
  • A trial period is offered to potential members, so they can test Dgroups in all it features

Key facts and figures

  • Launched in 2002
  • Current membership: over 270,000 members worldwide
  • Current number of groups: ~800
  • Key features: (i) email, (ii) library, (iii) calendar, (iv) member profiles and (v) searchable members directory

User’s perspective

  • No advertisements
  • Low-bandwidth friendly
  • Respectful of privacy
  • e-mail-based communication (core function) – email forums have been shown to be more effective, more dynamic and more useful to users than web-based tools such as web-based forums and wiki (eg KM4Dev study showed 73% Dgroups vs 13% Ning)
  • Customisable individual profile and email delivery preferences

Back-end / administration

  • Customisable moderation options
  • Integration with other platforms: RSS and API
  • Customisable group settings (open or closed)
  • Customisable group home page
  • Efficient helpdesk/technical support
  • Functionality is continually improving, week-by-week, driven directly and personally by user feedback and demands

Organisation/institutional perspective

  • Easily create groups and subgroups (no limit in number)
  • Groups can be public or private
  • Multilingual platform
  • Platform can be used for intra and inter institutional communications
  • Managed by a legal entity (Dgroups Foundation)
  • Known brand, co-developed by different actors in development
  • Non-commercial
  • Annual fee paid by each organisation in the Dgroups Partnership

Interested in using Dgroups?

Contact us at dg-coordination[AT]dgroups.org