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Presentation by Neil Pakenham-Walsh and Rob Witte at the Dgroups Annual Partners Meeting - 16 January 2014

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  • Dgroups: Review of 2013 Neil Pakenham-Walsh & Rob Witte Dgroups Chair & Treasurer/Secretary 16 January 2014
  • Outline  Dgroups Partners  Work Areas 1. Platform improvement 2. Service reliability 3. Peer exchange and training 4. Engagement with current partners 5. Marketing and outreach 6. Governance and administration  Other: M&E, IDS Linked Open Data  Finance (Rob)
  • Dgroups Partners (31 Dec 2013)  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 (NRI)  RWSN – Rural Water Supply Network  SAP International  SDC  Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA)  UNECA New partners 0 Leavers 1
  • Work area 1: Platform improvement 2013 Objectives  We shall continue to improve the platform through a user-driven process. Achieved: 6/10  We shall ensure that all requests and ideas for functionality improvements raised through the [redesign] discussion group are monitored and made freely available to all users. Achieved: 10/10  We shall assess the feasibility (or otherwise) and provide progress updates on each request. Achieved: 10/10  We shall explore how Dgroups can take advantage of mobile opportunities, through apps and a mobile interface of Dgroups as well as email-SMS integration. Achieved: 7/10
  • Functionality requests [redesign] 34 members 20 requests Kristin  Viewing the web archive (6)  Delivery of email messages, formatting and content (5)  Moderation (4)  Visual design (1)  Monitoring and evaluation (1)  Terminology (2)
  • Functionality requests (cont’d) Resolved, added or much improved: Edit welcome mail Colour theme selection Calendar date sorting Subject encoding. Top 3 issues, not yet resolved: 1. Option to auto-approve or manually approve moderator contributions 2. "Make public" function not working? (is not saved) 3. Messages in a thread are not always filed together on the web archive. Need to improve help guide (adapt RWSN Dgroups guide to Generic).
  • Work area 2: Service reliability 2013 Objectives Working with WA-Research:  We shall maintain service reliability at or very near to 100%. Achieved: 10/10  We shall increase our disaster preparedness, so that normal service is maintained in the event of disaster (eg technical breakdown, illness, injury). Achieved: 6/10
  • Work area 3: CoP training & Peer Exchange 2013 Objectives  We shall introduce a peer support or training programme on how to establish, maintain and moderate online communities. Achieved: 2/10  We shall continue to organize regular online peer exchange sessions (1 each quarter) on “How to make the most of Dgroups” where Dgroups partners and administrators present their experience. Achieved: 5/10  We shall publish regular blog posts, presentations and recordings on the Dgroups Foundation website (www.dgroups.info) Achieved: 7/10
  • Work area 4. Engagement with current partners 2013 Objectives  We shall encourage members to make full use of their membership, including the possibility to create Dgroups for affiliated organizations. Achieved: 6/10  We shall maintain regular communications with all our Partners, through 1-to-1 calls (at least 2 times per year).Achieved: 8/10
  • Work area 5: Marketing and outreach 2013 Objectives  We shall continue to develop and improve the Dgroups Foundation website (www.dgroups.info) Achieved: 8/10  We shall recruit new paying members – We aim to have 40 members by 2015. Achieved: 0/10  We shall produce publicity material – Leaflet downloadable from website, in different languages. Achieved: 6/10
  • Work area 6: Governance and administration 2013 Objectives  We shall amend the Dgroups Statutes to allow expansion of the Board as needed, and more flexibility. Achieved: 10/10  We shall improve Board representation – Ideally, equal representations for gender and geographical location of Board members Achieved: 6/10
  • Other Monitoring and Evaluation Statistics (Impact) IDS Open Linked Data proposal Adrian Bannister News from Partners?
  • Profit and loss account 2012 Really 2.012 Budget 2.012 Really 2.011 Net Turnover Membership fees Amounts due from previous year intrest on savings account 62.000 0 517 62.517 88.000 0 1.000 89.000 69.300 0 848 70.148 55.000 0 18.480 2.429 0 0 -13.392 55.000 5.000 20.000 4.560 4.000 0 440 55.000 0 20.844 4.048 4.000 0 -13.744 62.517 89.000 70.148 0 0 0 Costs Hosting services WA-Research Investment in new/improved features Outsourcing coördination Organisation costs Depreciation Capacity development To continuity reserve 75.909 Result
  • Balance sheet as at 31 December 2012 December, 31 Balance sheet a December, 31 January, 1 LIABILITIES ASSETS Equity 0 Appropriated reserve Continuity reserve 0 Financial fixed assets 0 Tangible fixed assets 0 Current assets Debtors current account Icco Other receivables 10.000 0 517 23.017 35.936 848 0 76.872 63.481 76.872 0 8.958 5.989 8.958 69.470 85.831 49.895 35.087 58.953 TOTAL ASSETS 0 63.481 Current liabilkities Prepaid membership fee 4.000 Other liabilities 1.989 0 0 848 10.517 Securities Triodosbank 39.01.86.473 Triodosbank:220.52.30.328 January, 1 84.983 69.470 85.831 TOTAL LIABILITIES