Declaration, Statutes, Strategic Goals and more

On 20 December 2016, at the time of incorporation of the GDN as an international public benefit foundation, the inaugural statutes had to be drawn up by a notary public. In the running up to the 2019 Annual Meeting in Puebla, Mexico, these inaugural statutes were revised and submitted for approval by the GDN participants during the  Annual Participants’ Business Meeting, which took place on 26 April 2019. On 8 May 2019, the revised statutes were passed by the notary public.  The Statutes, the Groningen Declaration, the Bylaws, Code of Conduct, Statement of Ethical Principles and the Mid Term Strategic Goals serve as the six basic documents of the network which guide its developments. Participants and prospective new signatories are expected to abide by the Statutes, Bylaws, Code of Conduct, Statement of Ethical Principles, and the GDN Mid Term Strategic Goals. They are also expected to commit to promoting the aims of the GDN by their active involvement in the GDN Task Forces, Committees and other GDN Activities.

Groningen Declaration (PDF)

The Statutes (PDF)

Bylaws (PDF)

Code of Conduct (PDF)

Statement of Ethical Principles


Mid-term strategic goals, covering the period 2017-2022

At its Fall Board of Directors Meeting, October 2019, the Board of Directors decided on the following external and internal midterm strategic goals, covering the period 2019-2022:

External goals

  1.     The GDN is acknowledged for convening academic practitioner and consultative experts who are engaged in leading and informing the global adoption of strategies and tactics towards the realisation of a digital learner data ecosystem.
  2.     The GDN will be the umbrella organisation with a critical mass of active participants to facilitate collaboration, engagement and synergies among regional and global organisations and initiatives for the purpose of leading and informing the global adoption of strategies and tactics towards the realisation of a digital learner ecosystem.
  3.     The GDN encourages inclusive and active participation from diverse sectors, countries, regions and developing nations and other stakeholders. Consistent with this, the GDN cooperates with organisations and projects on all continents that align with the goal of advancing education and mobility and support the principles and goals of the GDN.

Internal goals

  1.     The GDN has transitioned into a professionally managed not-for-profit organisation with a clear action plan.
  2.     The GDN has achieved a position of resource sustainability.
  3.     The GDN has assembled a constituency of expert volunteers, supported and oversees by a diverse, effective Board with defined responsibilities.


As of 21 February 2018, the GDN is registered in the European Transparency Register under identification number 238535130318-52