|Motto||Development Through Dialogue|
|Formation||Online since 2002 - Dgroups Foundation established in 2009|
|Type||Non Profit Foundation|
|Dr. Neil Pakenham-Walsh|
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).
Dgroups - Development through dialogue  - 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. 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 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.
As of July 2012 the Dgroups Foundation comprises 18 Partners:
- Alfa Redi
- Department for International Development (DFID)
- European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM)
- Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
- Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA)
- Humanist Institute for Co-operation with Developing Countries (Hivos)
- Interchurch Organisation for Development Cooperation (ICCO)
- International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD)
- International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP)
- Natural Resources Institute
- Royal Tropical Institute (KIT)
- Rural Water Supply Network
- Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
- South Asia Partnership International
- Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA)
- Akinsamni et al 2007, p.49.
- Cummings 2008, p.15
- Sarah Cummings. 2008. Development through dialogue: report of a research initiative. KIT Working Paper I1
- Andrea Carvajal, Odilia Mayorga, and Boru Douthwaite. 2008 Forming a community of practice to strengthen the capacities of learning and knowledge sharing centres in Latin America and the Caribbean: a Dgroup case study. Knowledge Management for Development Journal, Vol 4, No 1
- Giacomo Rambaldi. 2007. Using a dgroup with third party online applications for a cause. Knowledge Management for Development Journal, Vol 3, No 1
- Titi Akinsamni, Andrea Aranguren, Manju Chatani, Nynke Kruiderink and Theresa Stanton. 2007. Development through Dialogue. A showcase of Dgroups from three perspectives; institutional, project and capacity development level. Knowledge Management for Development Journal, Vol 3, No 1