Improve and manage diversity towards a sustainable, tolerant and socially responsible society
If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity
“Diversity is the one true thing we all have in common. Celebrate it every day”
“It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength”
NGO ‘Diversity Development Group’ (DDG), founded in 2012, is a non-profit organisation with an objective to carry out scientific, applied and infrastructural projects in the fields of human rights, education, equal opportunities, diversity, migration and integration. The main aim of organisation is to improve and manage diversity towards a sustainable, tolerant and socially responsible society. DDG activities include the following areas:
Monitoring of contemporary processes of migration and integration of migrants in order to accumulate, develop and disseminate the theoretical and empirical knowledge about contemporary migration processes in Lithuania
The development of equal opportunities for migrants and other vulnerable groups: monitoring of living and working conditions, human rights and social inclusion, social mobility and networks
Promotion and consolidation of fundamental rights and freedoms: equal rights for migrants and other vulnerable groups in areas of employment, housing, health care, social services and education; policy analysis and recommendation
Preventative actions against xenophobia, racism and intolerance; fighting against human trafficking
DDG team is actively involved in researches and project-based activities on national and international levels. It has been working in the field of migration and human rights for more than five years. Its experience covers qualitative and quantitative research, evaluation of migrant integration indicators and monitoring tools of migration policies. Experts of DDG contributed to the conceptualisation of migrant integration policy model in Lithuania and Lithuanian Migration policy guidelines
Junior project manager
Neringa is junior project manager at ‘Diversity Development Group’, has a bachelor degree in Political Science and continues to a Master’s degree in International Relations and Diplomacy at Vilnius University. Areas of interests: sustainable development, development cooperation and studies of emotions in international relations. Neringa also has experience of volunteering with children from families at social risk and people with disabilities.
+370 639 19800
Jogaila Vaitekaitis, sustainable development education expert, educational scientist doing research in fields of education policy and philosophy, junior researcher. Jogaila Vaitekaitis is a PhD student and lecturer at Vilnius University, Institute of Educational Sciences.
+370 608 75211
Artūras has studied at Vilnius University (Lithuania), University of Lucerne (Switzerland), and Mykolas Riomeris University (Lithuania) and has acquired BA in Biology and MA in Law. Artūras is an expert on NGO work, human rights advocacy, intercultural communication, understanding and education activities. He is the founder of one of the biggest Lithuanian youth NGO’s in human rights – Tolerant Youth Association. In 2009 coordinated the migrant information and counseling center establishment in Vilnius. In 2014, he was elected a Council member of the Lithuanian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association, accredited by the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF).
+370 612 01192
Akvilė Kriščiūnaitė, research assistant and a current Sociology and Quantitative Methods student at the University of Warwick. Akvilė has volunteered in a number of CSOs and interned at the National Centre for Social Research (UK). Areas of interest: rights of migrants and refugees, migration-development nexus, migration and integration policies, quantitative research methods.
Jurga Mataitytė-Diržienė is a researcher and project manager in projects of Diversity Development Group. Has more than 15 years of experience as researcher and project specialist in national and international projects. Areas of interest: equal opportunities, mental health, mass media and its effects. Jurga holds a PhD in Social sciences.
Giedrė Blažytė, a researcher at Diversity Development Group and Lithuanian Social Research Centre (Institute for Ethnic Studies). Has more than 6 years of experience as a researcher in national and international projects. Research interests: contemporary migration processes; family migration; role of gender in migration processes; integration of beneficiaries of international protection; illegal migration and trafficking in human beings; equal opportunities. Giedrė holds PhD in Social Sciences (Sociology).
+370 618 51228
Vija Platačiūtė is a project manager, and researcher in projects and researches on national and international levels; she has more than 6 years project management experience. Her fields of interest are equal opportunities, diversity management, migration, migrant integration and policy.
+370 670 84739
Karolis Žibas, researcher at the Lithuanian Social Research Centre (Institute for Ethnic Studies) and Vytautas Magnus University (Centre for Demographic Research); founder of independed think tank ‘Diversity Development Group’, is sociologist, researcher and NGO activist in areas of human rights and migration, equal opportunities and migrant integration, fight against human trafficking and different forms of exploitation. As a project partner, leader and independent expert, Karolis Žibas is involved in different projects and researches on national and international levels. Karolis holds PhD in Social Sciences (Sociology).
+370 615 14401
Indrė Urbonavičiūtė – Valančiauskė, training organizer at ‘Diversity Development Group’. Areas of interest: migration and social integration, human rights and equal opportunities. Volunteer at human rights organisations. Indrė holds Master degree in Social Work.