Welcome to DDP
The Democracy Development Program NPC (DDP) was initiated in 1993 as a partner project of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation of Germany. For the last 21 years it has been a non-partisan, non-profit organisation, supporting capacity building on governance and civil society levels to ensure that both are empowered for meaningful participation in South Africa’s social transformation.
Since its inception, DDP has been committed to the promotion of the following principles:
sustainable democracy and good governance
political awareness and citizen participation
tolerance and a culture of human rights
decentralised and pluralist government.
We achieve this by:
creating platforms for civil society engagement with all spheres of government
raising awareness of constitutional rights and obligations
empowering the youth
monitoring, analysing and responding to governmental policies and legislations.
DDP’S STATEMENT ABOUT THE XENOPHOBIC ATTACKS ON AFRICAN NATIONALS
The Democracy Development Program (DDP) has noted with great concern the ongoing attacks on African Nationals living in and around the eThekwini region. This statement is informed by visits to the various temporary camps where African nationals are housed. The organisation has responded to these situation in a range of ways, such as releasing the statement by the KwaZulu-Natal Civil Society Organisations Coalition (KZNCSOC), convening dialogues with the migrant community to understand the situation, humanitarian efforts as well as publicizing the situation through various media outlets in the city. DDP’s efforts are done through a deep sense of its responsibility as a convener in Durban, with a responsibility of promoting social justice for all, holding those in power to account as well as upholding human rights as enshrined in the Constitution.
Dr Rama Naidu, Executive Director of the Democracy Development Program.