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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. 


Press Release - 30/1/2014

DDP’s interview with Sthembiso Madlala, political analyst, on Minister Masutha’s announcement on parole of Derby-Lewis

“I think it was balance announcement for me. Don’t look at the case of Derby Lewis alone. Look at the other cases as well. De Kock gets parole, Farni Barnad no decision yet, Clive Derby Lewis results were suspect for using other person’s information. For me it was a balancing act. Trying to satisfy almost everyone. Those who feel there must be justice for the victims; and those who feel that no, we must be reconciling, ‘saying here is De Kock who has shown enormous remorse (even assisting the police to show where some of the people were buried). Another thing to note is how cleverly the judgement was delivered, Masutha handled it very well considering the reasons he gave about Clive Derby Lewis saying he was not honest enough. He was extremely under pressure.

Politically it is going to vindicate the SACP prompting them to say Eugen De Kock still has a lot to divulge. On other sector - like FF Plus - I don’t think they will say much, because looking at the reasons the Minister gave I think they were quite reasonable and convincing.

I also think we need more investigation on what happened about Clive Derby Lewis, it also throws some aspersions and raises more questions on the Parole Board itself. Why didn’t it discover this thing [Clive Derby Lewis falsified information] before it presented this ‘report to the Minister?”

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Tata Mandela - your vision, your warmth and your commitment have inspired every citizen of this country.  You are mourned as a lost parent.  Your life remains the symbol of what can be done when dedicated people work together for change.

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Citizen Mobilization

What motivates citizens to get involved?

Start by reading these fascinating papers from the Development Research Centre:

Look at our Knowledge Portal on Citizen Mobilization, which includes papers and presentations from the DDP/ACCEDE conference, 28-30 October 2013.

The Practice in Participation forum is an excellent place to learn more and to discuss your experiences and questions with like-minded practitioners from all over the world.

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