Response to our earlier invitation to serve as Volunteer Guides was so
great that we are pleased to offer additional Guide opportunities with
the dgCommunities knowledge sharing and collaborative platform!
Are you looking for a way to increase your organization's web presence
and leverage the Internet for greater development impact? Is your
organization a thought leader on key development issues?
Would you like to play a leading role in facilitating online knowledge
exchange & collaboration among development practitioners?
If so, we invite you to consider becoming a volunteer Guide on the
Development Gateway and join our growing team of distinguished topic
experts! Simply reply to this email and request our one-page Guide candidate
form - it takes just a few minutes to complete.
In an effort to widely distribute rich content and diverse perspectives
through dgCommunities, we have established many exciting partnerships.
Guides play a key role in this regard, and collaborate with us to
aggregate high value content, and to stimulate discussion and collaboration
among our members.
As you know the Development Gateway's dgCommunities are led by subject
experts. Serving as topic Guides, they connect partners, members, and
other stakeholders by providing opportunities to exchange knowledge,
know-how and opinions. Guides serve the Development Gateway community by
authoring feature articles presented on our websites, and newsletters
distributed to members by email. Guides also moderate discussions, and
send the content alerts you receive on a regular basis.
Beginning July 1, we have volunteer Guide opportunities available in
the following dgCommunities:
-Capacity Development for MDGs
-Culture and Development (http://topics.developmentgateway.org/culture)
-Gender and Development (http://topics.developmentgateway.org/gender)
-Indigenous Issues (http://topics.developmentgateway.org/indigenous)
-Urban Development (http://topics.developmentgateway.org/urban)
-Water Resources Management
-Foreign Direct Investment (http://topics.developmentgateway.org/fdi)
-Knowledge Economy (http://topics.developmentgateway.org/knowledge)
-Nanotechnology for Development
-Open Educational Resources
These are well-established communities of practice with over 8,000
subscribed members each on average, and a distinguished portfolio of
Advisors and Cooperating Organizations.
Interested organizations and individuals with a proven track record in
the development arena that can work with us on a part-time, voluntary
basis are encouraged to reply to this email and request our one-page
Guide candidate form.
BENFITS OF SERVING AS GUIDE
What are the benefits of being a Guide?
-Online visibility and international exposure: The Development
Gateway's total membership exceeds 180,000 registered users worldwide; more
than half reside in developing countries; Guide organization logos are
prominently featured on dgCommunities with links to Guide profiles and
homepage; Guides'authorship of feature articles and newsletters will be
acknowledged through Guide's byline and will include links to Guide
-Free training in online knowledge/content management, marketing,
community building, and development communications: we'll provide expert
training in our
content management system and in operational best practices we've
learned during 6 years of experience
-Networking through service to our community of over 35,000 registered
dgCommunities members and 200 partner organizations from 150 countries:
Proactive Guides have the opportunity to form many useful connections
and relationships in the dgCommunities they serve and with the
Development Gateway community as a whole
What are the "tools of the trade" for serving as a topic Guide? In
addition to sector expertise that can enrich the content services described
above, organizations interested in the Guide opportunity should have
access to a computer with high-speed internet connection. Guides should
be able to commit a minimum of 1 to 5 hours a week for 6 months to 1
year. The point of contact within the Guide organization who will operate
the dgCommunities platform should have the following skillsets:
-Strong commitment to development issues and minimum 5 years of
-Excellent research and writing skills
-Proficiency in English
-Ability to work independently
-Good computer and Internet skills
WELCOME NEW GUIDES ON BOARD
We would also like to take this opportunity to welcome new volunteer
- Kwabia Boateng, Economic Commission for Africa, Coordinator, African
Development Forum on Youth (see feature article "Youth and ICT Skills
in African Labour Markets, With Particular Reference To Ghana" at
- Anjali Mahendra, doctoral candidate in the Department of Urban
Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
- Parque Tec (see feature article "Technological Entrepreneurship and
Angel Investment in Costa Rica" at
- Partners In Micro-Development Inc. (see feature article "Investing in
the Future" at
- Ariana Outreach
- Middlebrook-Miller LLC (see feature article "Improving Public
Financial Management in the Afghan Security Sector, World Bank, 2006" at
HOW TO APPLY
Interested in becoming a dgCommunity Guide? Simply reply to this email
and request a Guide Candidate form. We'll send the form, which we ask
you to complete and return to us by email at your earliest convenience.
We will review all completed forms that have been submitted and respond
as soon as possible.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Director, Global Online Communities
Development Gateway Foundation
1889 F Street NW
Washington DC 20005
"connect-collaborate-change your world"