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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.
    The DDP views the attacks as a repudiation of the gains of our hard won democracy that violate the core constitutional values and rights the nation espouses. It therefore calls the political leadership at the city, province and national levels to act decisively against all perpetrators of these senseless and brutal acts against fellow African brothers and sisters.
  Therefore, the organisation would like to see a speedy end to this violence. In addition, a programme of action should be developed by all key stakeholders, such as government, political parties, religious formations, traditional leadership agencies, Chapter 9 Institutions including the representatives from civil society organisations, to mitigate any future occurrences of similar incidences and promote social cohesion through targeted integration efforts through mechanisms like transformational dialogues.
DDP would like to offer its services by convening these transformative dialogues that are urgently needed so that the root causes of such brutality can be unearthed and a collective response be established. Through such dialogues, unnecessary lives and livelihoods will not be lost. All relevant stakeholders need to come together and explore possibilities of co-creating sustainable communities through peaceful co-existence.


Yours faithfully,

Dr Rama Naidu, Executive Director of the Democracy Development Program. 

 

DDP, in the sense of Ubuntu and hospitality, have set up a fund to assist people affected. You may make deposits into a special DDP ‘REFUGEE FUND’. Any amount, no matter how small will be appreciated.


Bank: Standard Bank
Branch: Windermere (042726)
Account: Democracy Development Program
Account Number: 0508 474 81
Account type: Current account
Reference: Name of giver/REFUGEE FUND

 

For personal donations:

You can make personal donations, such as food, clothing etc at the Denis Hurley Centre, Denis Hurley Street , Durban. Please call +27313012240 for directions or more information. 
Contact person: Makusha Hupenyu – 0732996045
 

 

 

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