Citizen Engagement Program

Citizen Engagement Program


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.


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


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).

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.

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.