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Dgroups Logo Text.jpg
Motto Development Through Dialogue
Formation Online since 2002 - Dgroups Foundation established in 2009
Type Non Profit Foundation
Chairman Dr. Neil Pakenham-Walsh
Website http://www.dgroups.org

Dgroups is an online platform offering tools and services that bring individuals and organisations together in the international development community. The platform is administered by the Partner Members of the Dgroups Foundation (below).

Brief history[edit]

Dgroups - Development through dialogue [1] - was set up in 2002 as an online platform offering tools and services that bring individuals and organisations together in the international development community.

Dgroups started as a joint initiative of seven development organisations: Bellanet/IDRC, the Department for International Development (DFID) (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). These organisations were looking for an online communication tool that would suit their needs for target groups in the developing world, as well as other development practitioners worldwide. As none of the existing knowledge sharing applications were considered suitable, they decided to join forces and build their own system starting from an existing Bellanet platform.[2] Dgroups is online since 2003.

After having grown and matured in Bellanet/IDRC as a project, in March 2009 Dgroups members decided that an independent legal entity was needed at the heart of the partnership and the Dgroups Foundation was established in the Netherlands. The Dgroups Foundation now governs the development and running of the platform and related online services.

Dgroups platform[edit]

Dgroups has been designed and developed keeping in mind low-bandwidth users. Thus exchanges occur mainly via email, using electronic mailing lists. The Dgroups platform offers online tools and services needed to support the activities of a team, a group, a network, a partnership or a community.

In July 2012, Dgroups counts 2136 active communities, with around 195.892 registered users. It delivers around 400.000 email messages each day, half of which are exchanged with and within African countries.

Dgroups Foundation[edit]

As of July 2012 the Dgroups Foundation comprises 18 Partners:

  1. Alfa Redi
  2. CIDSE
  3. Department for International Development (DFID)
  4. European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM)
  5. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
  6. Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA)
  7. Helvetas
  8. Humanist Institute for Co-operation with Developing Countries (Hivos)
  9. Interchurch Organisation for Development Cooperation (ICCO)
  10. International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD)
  11. International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP)
  12. Natural Resources Institute
  13. Royal Tropical Institute (KIT)
  14. Rural Water Supply Network
  15. Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
  16. South Asia Partnership International
  17. Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA)
  18. UNECA


  1. ^ Akinsamni et al 2007, p.49.
  2. ^ Cummings 2008, p.15


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