Citizen Engagement Program

Citizen Engagement Program

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.


"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.

Folweni Community Dialogue- Human Rights Month

The Folweni community Dialogue took place at the Folweni Community Resources Centre (FCRC) on 20 March 2017. This dialogue focused on the various issues that affected the community. At the end of the dialogue the community committed to focusing on improving the education of their children, ways of gaining economic freedom and keeping their community clean.


Respected political analyst Aubrey Matshiqi has blamed the African National Congress (ANC) for the chaos and violence in parliament. This emerged last week in a public forum that was hosted by civil society organisation, the Democracy Development Program (DDP) at Elangeni Hotel in Durban, where Matshiqi was the keynote speaker

Youth Development Initiative

This initiative was a multi stakeholder initiative which sought to combine practical learning elements and conversational engagement.

Inanda fm and Vibe fm Local Government Elections Dialogue with DDP

As the local government elections get close, the competition between political parties to win the hearts and votes of citizens becomes stronger. Various political parties gathered at the KwaBester Community Hall to engage citizens on their manifestos and why they deserve their votes.

2nd Annual Youth Indaba Conference

The conference took place from 30 June to 1 July 2016 at the Premier Hotel in Pinetown. DDP teamed up with youth organisations in KwaZulu Natal namely: YMCA, Youth Inter-Active (YIA), Activate, Youth Leadership Team (YLT) and the Greater KwaMakhutha Community Foundation (GKCF).

Political Parties Briefing of the Pre Local Government Elections Activities

The Democracy Development Program hosted a Political Parties Briefing on Friday May 27, at Maharani Hotel. The purpose of the briefing was to introduce DDP’s Local Government Elections program to political parties in order to solicit their input and ensure an inclusive participatory mechanism for parties and society.

Youth Dialogue in KwaMashu

Drugs, teenage pregnancy and the latest trend of “blessers” are major issues faced by the youth in the KwaMashu community. This emerged at a youth dialogue hosted by the Democracy Development Program in partnership with Youth Inter-Active and Activate, at the L community Hall on May 20.

Democracy and You Street Performance

DDP used edutainment, such as street theatre to make the public aware of their role in voting, but also to engage with the people to gather their perceptions, and attitudes about voting.

20 Years of the South African Constitution

Democracy Development Program hosted a Dialogue to celebrate 20 years of our Constitution, to which this question was explored “How do we as citizens reclaim our rights and responsibilities to make our constitution a living document?”