Please see http://www.dgroups.org or http://www.dgroups.info/ .
===== Brief Description Dgroups is the starting point for groups and communities in international development. Dgroups is a partnership that caters to both individuals and organisations by offering tools and services that bring people together. In Dgroups, one can find the online tools and services needed to support the activities of a team, a group, a network, a partnership or a community. Dgroups is also a place to find groups who are interested in the same topics in international development as you.
The organizations behind Dgroups have formed the Dgroups Partnership to guide and govern Dgroups: Alfa Redi, CIDSE, Department for International Development (DFID), UK, ECDPM, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), Helvetas, Humanist Institute for Co-operation with Developing Countries (Hivos), ICCO, International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD), International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP), Natural Resources Institute, Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), SAP International, SDC, RWSN - Rural Water Supply Network, Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) and UNECA (membership November 2012).
There are an ever increasing number of development organisations that want to have online groups or communities. Instead of creating separate solutions, why not come together and support a platform not just for each other, but for the entire development community? The partners see support for Dgroups as a way to provide such a platform, while at the same time to provide a valuable service to their respective stakeholders and networks, and an easy way for individuals to find the groups and communities of interest to them. Why create something new? Because until today, the partners know of no comparable service which is as simple, non-commercial (no ads), respectful of privacy, and targeted at low bandwidth users in the South.
In July 2012, Dgroups counted 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.
Contact your organisation's partner .
FARA: The facilitation of a D-group is essential. 3 golden rules:
CSO-CGIAR Forum: http://www.dgroups.org/groups/cgiar/cso-cgiar-forum/index.cfm
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