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
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.
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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).
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Project officer and research assistant at ‘Diversity Development Group’, has a Master‘s Degree in International Relations and Diplomacy. She has studied in Lithuania, Germany, Iceland and Japan. While living in Japan Gabija worked with the community outreach programs in rural Akita prefecture, Touhoku region. She also has work experience in NGO sector, media, project implementation and academic research.
Administrator and project leader at ‚Diversity Development Group‘. 5 years of experience in project planning and management, communication and organisation of events. Areas of interests: human rights and migration. Ieva holds Master degree in social work.
Indrė Urbonavičiūtė – Valančiauskė, project officer and research assistant at ‘Diversity Development Group’. Areas of interest: labour migration and social integration, human rights and equal opportunities. Volunteer at human rights organisations. Indrė holds Master degree in Social Work.