Citizen Engagement Program

About this program

Purpose: To accompany citizens and communities to achieve their full human potential through creating, facilitating and fostering spaces for critical dialogue and change.


To activate, educate and mobilise citizens in order to become active co-participants in the creation and accomplishment of their own development agenda.


  • Hosting public dialogues around critical issues of governance, accountability, social and economic justice, and nation building
  • Empowering and accompanying communities through capacity building workshops to support, capacitate and mentor those we work with
  • Producing educational materials that can be distributed to communities to inform and educate them about critical issues of active citizenship
  • Building partnerships with community radio stations in order to increase the reach of our educational programmes to remote and marginalised areas
April 11, 2024

Unpacking political party manifestos for the 2024 elections: Healthcare, safety and security

The Democracy Development Program NPC convened a sequel of the Multiparty forum where political parties engaged with the public and expressed their manifestos and visions for […]
April 8, 2024

DDP Public forum: Unpacking the role of ward committees in fostering meaningful public participation.

The Democracy Development Program  (DDP), in collaboration with the Msunduzi Municipality, hosted a Public Forum at the prestigious Pietermaritzburg City Hall on Friday, April 5, 2024; […]
April 2, 2024

Women, Democracy, and Leadership Discussed at Msunduzi Municipality Community Dialogue

On March 28, 2024, the Democracy Development Program (DDP) hosted a thought-provoking community dialogue at the Msunduzi Municipality, focusing on the intersection of women, democracy, and […]
March 15, 2024

DDP Multi-party Forum

The Democracy Development Program NPC convened a thought-provoking multi-political party forum where political parties engaged with the public and expressed their manifestos and visions for South […]
February 28, 2024

Empowering Women: Building Gender-Sensitive Communities for Strong Leadership – uBuhlebezwe Local Municipality

The Democracy Development Program, in collaboration with the uBuhlebezwe Local Municipality, recently organized a pivotal dialogue to empower women in the uBuhlebezwe community. Held on February […]
February 8, 2024


On 7 February, the Democracy Development Programme hosted its first forum of the year ahead of the 2024 SONA Forum, which is set to take place […]
October 14, 2023

25 years on: The white paper on local government – towards a developmental local government.

On 12 October 2023, DDP hosted its annual Local Government Conference under the theme: 25 years on: The white paper on local government – towards a […]
October 5, 2023

Reflections on the Electoral Act in the Context of Present Political Dynamics – Exploring Possibilities.

On 4 October 2023, DDP in collaboration with the Centre for the Advancement of Non-Racialism and Democracy (CANRAD) hosted a workshop with the theme Reflections on […]
August 24, 2023

Civic Education Conference 2023:

“Democratising information: Centering Citizen voices ” On 22 August 2023, DDP hosted its annual Civic Education Conference under the theme “Democratising information: Centering Citizen Voices.” This […]
August 10, 2023

DDP’s Annual Women’s Conference

On 8 August 2023, DDP hosted its annual Women’s Conference in celebration of South Africa’s Women’s Month. The Conference this year was led by the theme: […]
July 31, 2023

DDP 2023 Political Summit

On 27 July, the Democracy Development Program hosted the 2023 Political Summit under the theme: “Coalitions: Tracking the fundamental challenges and opportunities ahead of the 2024 […]
June 18, 2023

7th Annual Youth Indaba: Repositioning youth political participation in advancing socioeconomic development in South Africa: Challenges and Possibilities.

On 14 June, the Democracy Development Program hosted the 7th Annual Youth Indaba. The Youth Indaba theme for this year was Repositioning youth political participation in […]
June 14, 2023

Afrobarometer – Partner briefing on SA’s Survey

On 13 June 2023, Afrobarometer in partnership with the Democracy Development Program hosted its partner briefing on South Africa’s survey. The survey focused on elections, climate […]
June 9, 2023

Youth, Youth Formations and Participatory Democracy in South Africa -Exploring The Dynamics

Youth formations and Student formations have always been at the center of youth participation in the South African struggle both in Apartheid and Democratic governments. Their […]
June 2, 2023

The role of labour movements in consolidating democracy and development

By Derek Davey ‘We don’t have to lose jobs to breathe clean air’ There is a huge amount of work that lies ahead for labour, considering the […]
May 26, 2023

Public Forum – 25 May

In celebration of Africa Day, on 25 May DDP hosted a public forum focusing on Africa’s trajectory on Development, Democracy, and Human Rights. The Africa Day […]
May 22, 2023

DDP | Inanda FM 2nd Annual Media Summit

On 18 May 2023, Democracy Development Program hosted its 2nd Annual Media Summit with the theme The Role of Media at Times of Political Uncertainty. The […]
April 21, 2023

Unpacking Democracy Public Forum – 20 April

On 20 April 2023, DDP hosted the Unpacking Democracy in South Africa public forum. The event was convened to provide space for those in the civic, […]
March 20, 2023

African Peer Review Mechanism Webinar

The African Policy Circle (APC) brought together think tanks and research organizations working on African issues – including governance, development, and democracy, from across Africa on […]
March 8, 2023

Unpacking the 2023 Budget

On 7 March 2023, the Democracy Development Program held a Public Forum that focused on unpacking the 2023 National Budget. The event comes just shy of […]