CSO Mentoring and Strengthening Program

CSO Mentoring and Strengthening Program

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


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.

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.

Social Entrepreneurship: Becomimg a Social Change Innovator.

This workshop took place at the La Vita Hotel in Durban on 30-30 March 2017. The workshop focused on step by step training of the youth to become social entrepreneurs, from finding a need or niche in their community, to the planning, implementing and funding of their chosen ventures. This training was done by social entrepreneur Sithembiso Ndlovu of MSA Lead, a network of successful and skilled social entrepreneurs.

Voices of Our Future: How Citizen Journalists Can Hold Us Accountable

Citizen journalists play an important role in society because they often provide a different perspective on events compared to those circulated by the mainstream media. Traditionally, only a select few were able to publish; now, anyone with a smartphone can publish anything, anywhere and at anytime.

Is Commemorating Human Rights Day Still Relevant?

On 21 March, South Africa commemorates Human Rights Day in remembrance of the Sharpeville Massacre that took place on the same day in 1960. This massacre occurred because of protests against the Apartheid government at the time.

Civil Society and Media Management

The DDP invited Heather Thuynsma (political consultant/lecturer/author) to facilitate a 2 ½ day advocacy workshop titled Civil Society and Media Management to equip civil society organisations (CSOs) with the skills to write stories that would inspire action