DVA home page

The DVA is a new initiative of a group of UK organisations with a common interest in sending diaspora volunteers to support projects in their countries and continents of origin. DVA staff approached GreenNet with a brief to build a website that could quickly provide an online presence for the Alliance – a space for them to publicise the initiative’s aims, and stimulate interest from potential volunteers and diaspora organisations. At the same time, the project had to recognise that DVA’s web journey is in its early infancy, and will certainly need the flexibility to grow and change as the initiative takes new directions in the future.
GN worked with DVA to devise a simple site structure that wouldn’t be too onerous for them to populate in the busy first few months of their work. This was then implemented into a Drupal website along with a page design developed by wave, who made imaginative use of DVA photo stock and quotes from returning volunteers. In this first phase of the site’s evolution there is a static map to show the geographic reach of the Alliance’s partners. The next phase will see this transforming into an animated interactive map that provides much more detail on each of the countries that the DVA is active in.

Web projects

GreenNet web projects are all about planning, designing, building and hosting websites that work for you and the issues you’re working on.

The GreenNet web team have worked for more than ten years building websites for NGOs, campaigns, social enterprises, development projects, ethically-minded freelancers and community groups. And we just get better and better at doing it which means a) all the work that is done in the name of one web project gets shared for the benefit of all subsequent projects and b) we're now the best we ever have been so there's never been a better time to ask us to build a site for you!

GreenNet web project basics

Every project is different but there are some pretty consistent threads running through all the sites we build:

  • Transparent navigation
  • Accessible content for both people and search engine robots
  • Simple data structures for organisations to update
  • Effective tools for collaboration between workers
  • Engaging spaces for supporters to interact with your work