In a society where divisions are rife and people have no idea of what social cohesion entails, Democracy Development Program together with the Durban University of Technology and Peace Oasis International have embarked on a journey of bringing different stakeholders together to dissect underlying societal issues.

Marketing and PR for NPOs

"We learnt together the value of responsible public relations and effective marketing as civil society organisations! A joint collaboration between DDP and Downes Murray International (DMI)", Dr Paul Kariuki


“The historic meeting in Dakar Senegal that paved way for a negotiated settlement and democracy in South Africa”.

Changing the World - One Story at a Time

Our country is gearing up for the 2019 election and so predictably, the seeds of division are being sown. Racist rhetoric, polarisation, distortion of facts and even hate speech are going to be the order of the day for the next 12 to 18 months. This sets us back in our efforts to bring healing and restoration to our democracy. But there is a simple antidote that each of us can employ.


Societies have long had an interest in the ways in which their young are prepared for citizenship and in how they learn to take part in civic life. Today that interest might better be described as a concernin fact as a growing concern, particularly in democratic societies. There is evidence aplenty that no country, including our own, has achieved the level of understanding and acceptance of the rights and responsibilities among the totality of its citizens that is required for the maintenance and improvement of any constitutional democracy.


Newly elected president of the Republic of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, ended his state of the Nation address with these words: “Thuma mina- (Send me) challenge quoted from the late Hugh Masikela’s song. And in doing so threw down the gauntlet to all of us in South Africa to be a part of this bold vision. Democracy Development Program (DDP) hosted a citizen conversation/ dialogue to unpack the challenge and what it means to civil society and ordinary SA citizens at the Elangeni hotel on the 14 March 2018. The dialogue was facilitated by DDP’S Executive Director Dr. Rama Naidu. According to DDP, this dialogue was the first of many that will follow, similarly to engage and provoke South African citizens to act and follow Ramaphosa’s call to action to #Thumamina #send me.

Re-igniting the Kwa-Zulu Natal Democracy and Election Forum

Democracy Development Program in partnership with the KZN Christian Council convened a meeting with civil society and religious leaders who have an interest in participating in a civil society entitative with regards to the upcoming national elections in South Africa. This was to provide among others, an understanding of the changing political context in KwaZul- Natal (particularly in relation to levels of violence and intimidation).

Creating Powerful Stories through social media and websites

This workshop was held at The Station Glenridge Church on the 27-28 February 2018. The workshop was facilitated by Rob Riedlinger from Monk Media. The aim of the workshop was to enhance CSOs capacities use websites and social media to advertise, interact with stakeholders and engage the community in various topics. According to the facilitator, regular updates and engagement of social media and websites (by NPO) can increase their chances of getting funding and other necessities they require to ensure the vision of that particular organisation A follow up workshop will be held, and will fully funded by DDP, later in March 2018.

Consultation with political parties in KZN

This consultation was convened by the Democracy Development Program, to identify biggest areas of concern for political parties in KZN and their needs in-terms of capacity building.


What a start to the year! and a victory for the voice of citizens who made their voices heard in every corner of the country, across race, political parties and gender about holding our leaders to account. More than ever before, citizens across the country have begun to realize the cost of not taking an interest in the changing political landscape. Never again would we want to find ourselves in a place where elected leaders believe that they are not accountable to each one of us as citizens.


" The ability to ignite the interest of all levels of government and community is quite profound, and for the most part DDP does that exceedingly well for me in my years of knowing and collaborating with them. I wish you (DDP) nothing but strength and success moving forward."

Political Forum with Aubrey Matshiqi

The Democracy Development Program held its last political forum for the year at the Diakonia Centre on 06 December. The forum was facilitated by renowned political analyst Aubrey Matshiqi whose focus was mostly on the upcoming ANC elective conference and exploring possibilities of how the outcomes of the conference might affect the country.


The KwaZulu-Natal Civil Society Coalition (KZNCSOC) hosted its third annual conference on 20-21 September 2017. The conference took place at the Garden Court Marine Parade in Durban and was sponsored by the Democracy Development Program (DDP). This year’s theme was “Stronger Together” which focused on the state of civil society in KwaZulu Natal and the building of partnerships within the sector.


"On average, one in five South African women older than 18 has experienced physical violence, but the picture of gender-based attacks varies according to marital status and wealth. Four in 10 divorced. This emerged in Statistics SA’s 2016 Demographic and Health Survey released on 15 May 2017," reported the Daily Maverick.