The internet allows to get in contact with people from all over the world who have the same interests as you, or who can help you. They are often organized in thematic communities like ICT, development, or both. Here's a relevant selection, including our own Ruralweb community.
To join us:
1%CLUB is the platform that connects smart development projects with people, money and knowledge around the world.
Nabuur.com is an online volunteering platform that links Neighbours (online volunteers) with Villages (local communities) in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Connected through Nabuur.com, Neighbours and local communities learn about each other, share ideas and find solutions to local issues.
A dedicated network for people and companies interested in developing projects and business in Africa. Have a Question? Pose it here.
VC4Africa.biz aims to connect innovative entrepreneurs (and their ideas) with access to knowledge, markets and capital i.e. mentors, business partners and investors.
A Social Network that connects women worldwide for change.
Ning allows anybody to start a new, unique social/community website. There’s no directory listing all of them, but you can find them using Google’s site search, for example: http://google.com?q=rural+development+site:ning.com
Some Ning networks use their own url:
Others use the ning url: