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.

Why?

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

How?

  • 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
May 14, 2019

INANDA FM & VIBE FM LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTION DIALOGUE WITH DDP

By Sphesihle Masondo – As the local government elections get close, the competition between political parties to win the hearts and votes of citizens becomes stronger. […]
May 14, 2019

YOUTH DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE

By Sthabiso Mdledle – This initiative was a multi stakeholder initiative which sought to combine practical learning elements and conversational engagement. The Lindelani Youth Forum (LYF)  […]
May 14, 2019

ANC TO BLAME FOR CHAOS IN PARLIAMENT SAYS RESPECTED POLITICAL ANALYST

By Sthabiso Mdledle – Respected political analyst Aubrey Matshiqi has blamed the African National Congress (ANC) for the chaos and violence in parliament. This emerged last […]
May 14, 2019

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 […]
May 14, 2019

ASONET & DDP WOMEN’S DIALOGUE ON ACCESS TO SOCIAL SERVICES

By Stabiso Mdledle – The DDP (Democracy Development Program) and ASONET (African Solidarity Network) in partnership with other women organisations held a women’s dialogue at the […]
May 14, 2019

UNPACKING RADICAL ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION FOR CIVIL SOCIETY

By Sthabiso Mdledle – The Democracy Development Program in partnership with the KwaZulu-Natal Economic Council hosted a forum on South Africa’s contentious topic: Radical Economic Transformation […]
May 14, 2019

DDP ACTS ON VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN & CHILDREN

By: Sthabiso Mdledle –“On average, one in five South African women older than 18 has experienced physical violence, but the picture of gender-based attacks varies according […]
May 14, 2019

LIVING & WORKING PEACEFULLY TOGETHER

By Nosipho Luthuli – The Democracy Development Program in partnership with the Africa Solidarity Network (ASONET), Urban Future Centre and the Department of Arts and Culture […]
May 14, 2019

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 […]
May 14, 2019

MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR

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 […]
May 14, 2019

CONSULTATION WITH POLITICAL PARTIES IN KZN

By: Mbali Manaka – This consultation was convened by the Democracy Development Program, to identify biggest areas of concern for political parties in KZN and their […]
May 14, 2019

RE-IGNITING THE KZN DEMOCRACY & 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 […]
May 14, 2019

MATSHIQI UNPACKS THE THUMAMINA CHALLENGE FOR CIVIL SOCIETY IN KZN

By: Sthabiso Mdledle –#SENDME WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR SOUTH AFRICAN CITIZENS AND THE CIVIL SOCIETY – FORUM BY DDP AND DIAKONIA “The best part of […]
May 14, 2019

AFTER THE LAST 10 YEARS ARE WE READY/PREPARED TO DO SOMETHING WORTHWHILE?

By: Justin Foxton –Here at SA Good News we were hugely inspired by President Ramaphosa when he quoted from Hugh Masekela’s song Thuma Mina (Send Me) […]
May 14, 2019

DDP REACTS TO CR CALL TO ACTION

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) […]
May 14, 2019

DDP LAND QUESTION FORUM

By: Sthabiso Mdledle –Unpacking the agenda of land for civil society in post-apartheid South Africa. The Democracy Development Program (DDP) hosted a citizen forum at Diakonia […]
May 14, 2019

DDP AND DIAKONIA FORUM

By: Sthabiso Mdledle – Citizen’s conversation on the chilling phenomenon of Femicide. Democracy Development Program in partnership with Diakonia Council of Churches hosted a very engaging […]
May 14, 2019

DDP – PARTY COALITIONS DIALOGUE

Experiences, Insights and Possibilities from Africa and Europe Democracy Development Program held a convention where a panel of eminent international speakers spoke about their experiences of […]
May 14, 2019

BREAKING THE FETTERS

“The historic meeting in Dakar Senegal that paved way for a negotiated settlement and democracy in South Africa”. The 1987 film Breaking the Fetters was screened […]
May 14, 2019

DDP PUBLIC FORUM ON SOE’S AND STATE CAPTURE

Unpacking the narrative of State Owned Enterprises for the civil society. Economist and PhD candidate at the University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN) Ayanda Meyiwa unpacked the […]